The International CTIA WIRELESS show has a reputation of drawing thousands of qualified professionals including some powerful players in the industry.
The event gives the opportunity to service operators, retailers/distributors, applications providers, enterprise and vertical market users, content providers and mobile web companies to create “a more personalized, powerful experience at the one place for carrier services, enterprise, communications, apps, content and social networking”, according to the organization.
It also serves as platform for providers and manufacturers of LTE/4G infrastructure, network equipment, towers, carrier, operator and network services, business intelligence tools, enterprise and vertical market solutions, devices, handsets, mobile CE products, accessories and modules, apps, content, social platforms etc. to exhibit their products and services.
In a keynote address by the Chief Executive Officer of AT&T, Ralph de la Vega made mention of social media site Facebook as a big driving force behind his business.
“I think that social networking is going to be a major force in this industry for years to come,” says Vega. “I think it helps people communicate. That’s what we do.”
Philipp Humm, Chief Executive Officer agreed by saying that Facebook is the number social app on the market right now.
That says it all, isn’t it? Two very influencial people in the tech industry gives Facebook app a thumps-up.
This year’s event got underway on Tuesday in New Orleans and will come to close on the 10th of May. Among companies registered to attend included about 34,000 participants, which is reported to be 6,000 short of what was recorded in 2008, even though the numbers of exhibitors remained steady.
“We expected attendance would be down from last year due to the current economic conditions,” CTIA said in a statement two days before the event. “We heard from several attendees and exhibitors that floor traffic was steady and meetings were extremely effective because key decision makers were in attendance.”