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Big Ideas Spur Evolution and Revolution

By Mike Collado
May 4th, 2015

IMG_0997 14Last week’s Wireless Infrastructure Show continued – no, blew the roof off – the recent trend of events focused on forward-looking ideas and initiatives.

(See our last post for insights from the NEDAS “Peering into the Future” themed conference and the HetNetForum‘s “The Wireless Technology Roadmap: A Trip into the Future” panel at the ACUTA Annual Conference.)

Unlike more narrowly focused industry events, the PCIA conference is broad in scope and serves up big ideas around things such as:

  • Creating the Wireless Workforce of the Future
  • Expanding Human Possibilities through Cellular Technology
  • Empowering Public Safety
  • Densifying the Wireless Network Indoors, in Urban Areas and Rural Areas
  • Enabling Smart Buildings

All of which informs that big ideas require evolutionary and revolutionary change.

Certainly the technology is changing. Panels were filled with a  steady diet of LTE-U, 5G, virtualization, C-RAN, Digital DAS, Small Cells and WiFi.

Perhaps, more importantly, presenters repeatedly demonstrated that business models must also change, such as:

  • Workforce Training
  • Public-Safety Initiatives
  • Sharing of In-Building Costs
  • Development of Repeatable Processes for Small Cell Deployment
  • (Re-) Alignment of the Wireless Ecosystem Stakeholders

The wireless industry is innovating at a furious pace. It will be interesting to continue to observe.

Check out our tweets from the event!




Creating the Wireless Workforce of the Future Panel



Chris Stark (Nokia) Keynote



Big Ideas from Nokia Keynote



Nokia Keynote: Need for New Technology & Business Models



FirstNet’s Ed Parkinson



Proud to Sponsor the Wireless Infrastructure Show



Early Risers for the HetNet Forum’s Annual Breakfast Meeting



Mike and Lori from Hutton Communications (SOLiD Partner)



Eric from Graybar (SOLiD Partner)


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Tearing it up at the PCIA Golf Outing: Brook Bascom (Smartlink, WWLF), Tim House (PCIA), Jason Nelson (FierceMarkets) and Mike Collado (SOLiD)


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En route to the 19th Hole



Great Day on the Links!


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Wildlife on the golf course!



Venue for the President’s Reception



Jonathan Adelstein Kicks Things Off at the Gala



Packed Crowd for the Gala



Playing for the Crowd!



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