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Sprint VP to provide Network Vision/LTE Update at RCA Expo



blog-0207416001329773997.jpgby Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:42 AM MST


Bob Azzi, Sprint Network Senior Vice President, will present at the opening keynote address at the RCA Competitve Carriers Global Expo on March 29th in Orlando. In his remarks he is expected to provide a Network Vision deployment update. Let's hope we hear some juicy details long before that!

If so, you know you'll hear them rebroadcast at Sprint 4G Rollout Updates!




Press Release:


SOURCE RCA The Competitive Carriers Association
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, at RCA's Competitive Carriers Global Expo, the premier event for the competitive mobile ecosystem, executives from Sprint, C Spire Wireless, Cricket, Cellular One,LightSquared, Alcatel-Lucent, NTELOS, and Atlantic Tele-Network will discuss 4G rollouts, new services and emerging trends. RCA's Competitive Carriers Global Expo takes place March 28-30 at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

The opening keynote, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, will feature presentations from industry leaders driving the evolution of mobile networks. Bob Azzi, senior vice president, Network, at Sprint will provide an update on Sprint's Network Vision program; Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Cricket Communications will discuss the future for competitive carriers and strategies for business growth; SanjivAhuja, CEO of LightSquared will discuss disruption and innovation in a 4G world; and Ken Wirth, president, 4G/LTE Wireless Networks at Alcatel-Lucent, will deliver an update on the progress of LTE deployments globally.

The closing keynote session, at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 30, will feature a candid roundtable discussion with competitive carrier CEOs Hu Meena, president and CEO, C Spire Wireless; Jonathan Foxman, president and CEO MTPCS, LLC, d/b/a Cellular One; James Hyde, CEO and president, NTELOS; and Michael Prior, president and CEO, Atlantic Tele-Network. Moderated by Steven K. Berry, president & CEO of RCA – The Competitive Carriers Association, this discussion will focus on the business and policy challenges for competitive carriers competing in a 4G world. This discussion will be followed by a legislative review moderated by RCA General Counsel Rebecca Murphy Thompson, featuring policy experts Ben Moncrief, director, government relations, C Spire Wireless; Julia Tanner, general counsel, MTPCS; Douglas J. Minster, vice president and general counsel, Atlantic Tele-Network; and Matthew Brill, partner, Latham and Watkins, LLP.

"RCA events offer a unique opportunity to have direct contact with the executives and thought-leaders who are driving innovation in the competitive mobile ecosystem," said RCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. "Our keynotes at the Competitive Carriers Global Expo should not be missed by anyone with a stake in the wireless industry. Attendees will hear how best to meet business challenges in the fast-moving mobile marketplace from the executives driving innovation in the competitive ecosystem."

About RCA Events

RCA events bring the decision-makers in the competitive mobile ecosystem together for networking, learning and sharing best practices. The 2012 Competitive Carriers Global Expo takes place March 28-30 in Orlando. RCA's 2012 Annual Convention, celebrating its 20th year, takes place September 23-26 at Wynn Las Vegas.

About RCA

RCA is the nation's leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural and regional areas of the United States. The licensed service area of RCA's more than 100 members covers 95 percent of the nation.



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