Advocacy & Regulatory
Emerging federal, state and local government regulations impact your ability to deploy wireless infrastructure–both positively and negatively. As an advocate at all levels of government, PCIA maintains a broad view of how different regulatory systems interrelate. Action at the federal level,–such as wireless siting provisions in the payroll tax extension—and at the state and municipal level impact the regulatory environment for wireless infrastructure deployment. These sessions are intended to provide an understanding of these issues and how they affect businesses. A wide array of industry experts share insight and experience on the most effective approaches to site deployment regulations.
Business & Finance
Access to capital, financial assumptions and expectations, valuations of wireless sites and opportunities for operating efficiencies are among the topics addressed in these sessions. Sessions feature financial industry representatives including bankers, brokers, developers and analysts, sharing their experience and successful approaches to the money side of the industry. These sessions are designed to offer the solutions and tools for financial success in the wireless ecosystem, including in-building, small cell and HetNet solutions.
Alternative Wireless Networks
Consumers and business professional have many choices for wireless connectivity including, obviously 3G and LTE, but also a wide range of public and private networks, CableWiFi hotspots, connectivity while in the air and WiFi offered by the cellular operators themselves. Sessions will explore the business opportunities for these ‘alternative’ networks, the value provided to the customer, how these networks are built and architected and the opportunities for the infrastructure ecosystem.
Today’s cellular networks have evolved from 2G to 3G and now into 4G LTE. But LTE is just the beginning of a new series of standards and technologies, including LTE-A (LTE Advanced), VoLTE (voice over LTE), LTE-U (LTE in unlicensed bands), LTE-B (LTE Broadcast), carrier aggregation and eICIC (enhanced inter-cell interference coordination), many of which are being deployed in the next 12 months. These sessions will discuss the new technologies, how they impact today’s networks and importantly, how the infrastructure ecosystem will be impacted.
The mobile ecosystem has expanded far beyond making simple voice calls on analog cellular phones! Many consumers now carry multiple smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and are starting to use mobile apps and service in cars. Smart technologies are also being deployed in homes, from security systems to lighting, energy conservation, and entertainment, all enabled by wireless technologies. And with a new range of wearable mobile devices, the industry is looking forward to mobile health, personal area networks and other innovations. Sessions will examine all of these trends and look forward to the likely impacts on the ecosystem.