The wireless telecommunications industry is one of the truly global industries with close to 7 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, so opportunities abound in every corner of the globe to attend relevant industry events and stay up to date with what is happening in the fast world of mobile.
We have taken a stab at listing the top events that any wireless carrier network executive, wireless equipment vendor and network deployment leader should keep in his/her yearly travel plan.
Here’s our list of the top 10 events for wireless telecommunication network executives worldwide:
1. NATE UNITE Annual Conference
Held each year in February
Focused on the US network infrastructure vendor ecosystem, the National Association of Tower Erectors annual conference is one of the most important events for turf vendors, tower builders and the network services industry. The NATE annual conference includes not only educational sessions but also moments to discuss the latest innovations in products and services, as well as safety training following the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Standard.
2. Mobile World Congress
Held each year in March in Barcelona, Spain
A behemoth in the annual technology conference calendar, the GSMA’s flagship event is a must-attend across the industry. From full coverage of current and future mobile industry trends, to the understanding of areas of growth and opportunity, the conference program challenges and educates attendees while focusing on the latest technological developments, next generation services and growth strategies.
3. Wireless Infrastructure Show
Held each year in April
With more than 100 exhibitors and 2,000 thought leaders and industry innovators from the wireless infrastructure ecosystem, this PCIA event is focused on infrastructure owners and operators, carriers, regulators, equipment manufacturers and service providers. With tons of expert lectures and industry panels, it provides a platform to learn and network within the infrastructure development and services industry.
4. LTE World Summit
23-25 June, 2015 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Possibly the best LTE-focused event worldwide and one of the premier technology events in Europe, the Informa-run conference focuses on technology for mobile operators to leverage next generation mobile data and voice technology. With 3,500 attendees including leading operators, content providers, regulatory players, analysts, industry associations and technology vendors, it is a key opportunity to explore the top issues and the challenges facing today’s LTE market.
5. Mobile World Congress Shanghai
15-17 July, 2015, Shanghai
With over 25,000 attendees, the GSMA brand and an impressive line-up of programs, MWC Shanghai aims to gain the label of “Asia’s greatest mobile industry event”. The event gathers industry professionals and mobile-passionate consumers and lets them experience the future of mobile. The congress is also an opportunity to join a technology exhibit featuring 250+ exhibitors, including Alcatel-Lucent, China Mobile, as well as a world-class thought-leadership conference with keynote speakers and panel sessions.
6. CTIA SuperMobility2015 Show
September 9-11, 2015, Las Vegas
Considered one of the largest and most influential forums on mobile innovation, CTIA’s annual show attracts 40,000 professionals from the world over to experience the technologies driving and enabling the connected life. A great opportunity to learn, connect, and do business against the backdrop of mobile’s direction-setting technology. It can also be your chance to know, before than anybody else, what’s new and what is coming next in mobile.
7. Tower and Small Cell Summit
September 9-10, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
The conference, happening within CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, focuses on the opportunities and hurdles tower owners, turf vendors, operators, and partners face in large scale network deployments. This is a great opportunity for cell site professionals to gain insights to remain competitive and profitable. Run by analysts and consultants, as well as practitioners in the field, it focuses on the critical issues and trends shaping the industry today and in the future.
8. Telecom Council Carrier Connection
September 30 – October 1, 2015 Mountain View
The “who’s who” of global carriers and wireless technology vendors presence in Silicon Valley, the Telecom Council organizes this premiere telecom innovation event highlighting the relationship between the companies that are building networks and those inventing the next generations of technologies. A meeting place where global carriers talking about their future innovation and later stage startups with network-ready products gather together, while some young telecom companies look for funding to take them to the next level.
9. Africa Com
17-19 November, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Considered one of the best technology events in Africa, and possibly the most important telecom event in the continent, and gathering senior decision-makers from the whole digital ecosystem, Africa Com includes in fact 11 events in one. With 9,000 attendees among the smartest, most switched-on digital movers and shakers in Africa, the conference features 300+ speakers and 375+ telecom exhibitors and brands showcasing their solutions and services.
10. QuEST Forum – 2015 Conferences and Meetings
Year long, locations worldwide
Created as as the forum for cooperation between telecommunication service providers and suppliers, the Forum puts together a series of events all year long, allowing participants to focus on their favorite topics. The Executive Boards allow face-to-face meetings or conferences calls conducted with Executive Board members, whereas the Leadership Council helps establish QuEST Forum strategies and manage the deployment of the strategic plan. Finally, those attending work groups can attend face-to-face meetings and review specific agendas, evaluate progress, endorse ongoing initiatives and their timelines.
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