CCA’s Annual Convention Keynote Program Opens with Carrier CEO Panel

CCA’s Annual Convention will feature a keynote lineup that features carrier CEOs and executives from Ericsson, Interop Technologies, Mavenir, Nokia, T-Mobile, and TNS who will examine new technologies, global trends, and policy issues impacting the future of the mobile ecosystem. CCA’s Annual Convention will take place September 20-22 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

On September 21, a keynote panel, A Discussion with Carrier CEOs, will open the Convention and will feature Mark Nazé, CEO, Nsight – Cellcom; Maureen Moore, chief customer experience officer, GCI; and Eric Woody, chief technical & operations officer, Union Wireless. Steven K. Berry, president & CEO of CCA will moderate. Executives will address business and policy changes facing competitive carriers, examine best practices to meet increased consumer demand, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Taking the keynote stage later that afternoon will be Dow Draper, EVP of emerging products at T-Mobile, who will focus on T-Mobile’s plans for fixed wireless products. Charles Marsh, SVP, US majors accounts at Nokia, will follow and examine Broadband Without Boundaries. Closing out the program, Mike Keegan, CEO of TNS will join Steven K. Berry for a fireside chat.

On September 22, Anand Akundi, interim head, customer unit regional carriers, Ericsson North America, will open the morning keynote program with remarks entitled, 5G for Rural Operators: Show Me the Money, followed by an Interop Technologies executives’ perspectives on the changes surrounding mobile messaging for 5G, including important updates on the global RCS ecosystem. GS Sickand, VP, North American Sales – Technical Solutions & Architecture at Mavenir will discuss changing the economics for rural network deployments by leveraging cloud native ORAN deployment architecture.

“I am delighted to welcome to the keynote stage such a distinguished group of executives who will share their business strategies and technology innovations and provide insights on how businesses can grow and thrive in this increasingly mobile world,” said Steven K. Berry, CEO and president of CCA. “CCA members and attendees can look forward to coming to Phoenix to learn, meet, and network with an audience of high-level decision makers that are diving the future of wireless.”

Keynote Schedule (Times are MST)

Tuesday, September 21

- 8:00 am – Welcome Remarks, Steven K. Berry, president & CEO, CCA

- 8:10 am – Keynote Panel: A Discussion with Carrier CEOs

- 12:50 pm - Dow Draper, EVP, emerging products group, T-Mobile

- 1:10 pm – Charles Marsh, SVP, US majors accounts, Nokia

- 1:30 pm – Fireside Chat with Mike Keegan, CEO, TNS and Steven K. Berry, president & CEO, CCA

Wednesday, September 22

- 9:00 am – Welcome and Annual Achievement Awards Presentation

- 9:20 am – Anand Akundi, interim head, customer unit regional carriers, Ericsson North America

- 9:40 am – Interop Technologies

- 10:00 am GS Sickand, VP, North American Sales – Technical Solutions & Architecture, Mavenir

About CCA

CCA is the leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. CCA’s 2022 Mobile Carriers Show will take place April 11-13 in Tampa, Florida and CCA’s 2022 Annual Convention will take place September 27-29 in Portland, Oregon. Visit http://www.ccamobile.org

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