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CCA: TNS on turning robocall lemons into lemonade

PHOENIX—Robocall spammers are leveraging small provider networks, particularly Voice over IP (VoIP) service providers, to originate the calls that no one wants, according to a new report from Transaction Network Services. But in a keynote at the Competitive Carriers Association, TNS CEO Mike Keegan...

CCA: T-Mobile US talks up its rural ambitions

PHOENIX––In a dimmed conference hall, all participants seated safely spaced, a regional carrier audience listened to T-Mobile US' Dow Draper tell them about the network operator's massive plans to expand into rural markets with 5G for mobile and home internet service. T-Mobile US has...

CCA: Regional carriers share their pandemic lessons learned

Providing mobile and broadband services in rural America "is not cookie cutter" PHOENIX–In 20 months unlike any others that the telecom industry has dealt with in modern times, small carriers have had to navigate the uncharted waters of a pandemic on a fraction of the...

Huawei: Network security requires carrier, vendor and government collaboration

The Huawei network security panel highlighted equipment verification, operation transparency and global standards In what appeared to be a direct response to the U.S.’ continued suspicion of Huawei Technologies and its potential threat to U.S. network security, the Chinese equipment vendor sponsored a seminar at...

CCA exploring the 5G prospects in rural America, CEO says

The CCA convention will have a real theme around a variety of issues related to 5G The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) annual convention is just around the corner, and CCA President & CEO Steven Berry told RCR Wireless News what to expect from this year’s...

Unleashing the future of mobile broadband (Reality Check)

  We live in a mobile world — the way we live and work is increasingly online. Think about this: in 2016 in North America, our smartphones, tablets, and mobile-enabled PCs consumed 1.8 Exabytes (approximately one billion Gigabytes) of data per month. Just one Exabyte...

CCA 2017: Tackling the network capacity conundrum

CSpire, Nextech, Ericsson discuss network capacity issues and options FORT WORTH, Tex.--Think only national carriers deal with network capacity crunches? Think again. In a morning panel at the Competitive Carriers Association conference, tackling the increasing demand for wireless data was the topic of discussion, and...

CCA: Still “a lot of life left” in LTE, VoLTE

CCA celebrates 25 years of advocating for rural carriers this week The continued evolution of LTE in rural markets and the repacking process for 600 MHz spectrum are expected to be major topics at this week's Competitive Carriers Association show, as well as perspective from...

Rural broadband gets increased focus

Improving rural broadband access is an issue getting renewed attention from government and the telecom industry. While about 10% of the total American population doesn't have access to broadband speeds between 3 and 25 megabits per second, that figure rises to 40% of the population...

CCA concerned about “5G” spectrum access, siting

CCA warns against "dangerous consolidation of critical new bands" The Competitive Carriers Association is staking out its positions on "5G" spectrum and siting, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission needs to ensure that national carriers don't hoard millimeter wave bands, as well as ensure that...

Policy, 5G, IoT and video challenges facing CCA members – Carrier Wrap Ep. 65

CCA CEO Steve Berry and Ericsson exec Gowton Achaibar discuss policy, infrastructure deployment, 5G, IoT, and video challenges and opportunities. On this week’s “Carrier Wrap” we speak with Steve Berry, CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association, on challenges and opportunities facing CCA carrier...

CCA Mobile Carriers Show 2017 highlighted policy, operational challenges and opportunities

CCA provides MCS 2017 attendees with update on landscape under new political administration, tempted by FirstNet with investment potential. The Competitive Carriers Association pulled off the complicated task of hosting its annual Mobile Carriers Show in the shadow of dramatic policy upheaval and...

Sprint, CCA-led Device Hub gains 6 new members

The Device Hub initiative, which was formed based on partnership efforts with Sprint, continues to attract CCA members looking for LTE device procurement. LAS VEGAS – The Competitive Carriers Association announced six new members to its Device Hub initiative, which was formed with Sprint...

IoT, 5G use cases and virtualization to help rural carriers manage network costs

Sprint, Nokia, Huawei and Interop cite IoT, 5G, use cases and virtualization as ways rural carriers can overcome coverage challenges. LAS VEGAS – While the competitive environment for rural carriers continues to escalate and steal already stressed resources, the long-time issue of serving a geographically...

FirstNet dangles $16B of investment for rural expansion of public safety network

On the heels of scoring a nationwide build out deal with AT&T, FirstNet CEO Michael Poth told CCA members the organization would have billions more to invest. LAS VEGAS – Coming off a major milestone for the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet CEO...

5G, IoT and video set to alter network, operations landscape for CCA members

Ericsson and Cisco hyped opportunities for CCA members in adopting a greater focus on 5G, IoT and video services. LAS VEGAS – The domestic mobile telecommunications space’s continued head-long rush towards a “5G” technology and internet of things-heavy future is currently being...

CCA Mobile Carriers Show set to tackle challenges of new administration; provide 5G, IoT support for members

This week's CCA Mobile Carriers Show comes on the heels of the FirstNet contract, end of the FCC 600 MHz incentive auction. The Competitive Carriers Association is set to host its second annual Mobile Carriers Show in Las Vegas, building on the rebranding...

Bluegrass taps Verizon LRA program for LTE-A deployment

Bluegrass LTE-A plans with Verizon push the rural carrier deeper into 4G market with 5G plans for segment on the horizon. Networks advances may be common across the domestic market’s nationwide operators, but rural carriers are also getting in on advancing their LTE-based...

FCC ditches USF, BDS, VoLTE roaming reform following Trump election

The FCC dropped plans to tackle a trio of controversial telecom topics at its November open meeting as transition begins, including USF, BDS and VoLTE roaming. In the wake of the somewhat surprising presidential election results, the Federal Communications Commission has dropped...

CCA Webinar: The Times They are a-Changing; How the November Election Results Will Impact Wireless Carriers

After voters have their say on November 8, a new Administration, new Members of Congress, and new policymakers will be appointed and will take office. Priorities in both the legislative and regulatory arenas will shift, and the telecom industry and wireless carriers should be...

CCA and T-Mobile talk 5G, IoT, VoLTE and policy

CCA and carrier member T-Mobile talked 5G, IoT, VoLTE and policy, showing such topics are not the exclusive domain of large operators As expected, the recently completed Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention showed a heavy focus on policy, “5G” and the “internet of things,” with...

FCC policy moves draw applause, 5G and IoT remain size-specific for CCA members

The Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention was heavy on policy, 5G and IoT, though response to the latter two depended on carrier size As expected, the recently completed Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention showed a heavy focus on policy, "5G" and the “internet of things,”...

Stanton proud of T-Mobile, skeptical of Comcast, new IoT entrants

Long-time industry exec John Stanton heaped praise on T-Mobile, but continues to show concern regarding market’s ability to support 4 nationwide operators SEATTLE – Following a five-year absence, wireless industry veteran John Stanton returned to the stage at the Competitive Carriers Association’s Annual Convention to...

Regional carriers remain alert to 5G; diversify with drones, coffee shops

A CEO panel made up of CCA carrier members highlighted varying degrees of interest in 5G and unique diversification efforts SEATTLE – Regional and rural wireless carriers, which make up a bulk of the Competitive Carriers Association’s membership, have shown significant resiliency in a market...

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