By Ernest Worthman
Well, PCIA is over and we war-weary editorial types are back at our desks trying to sort through it all. As the fog lifts and what was accomplished becomes more cemented, it becomes clear that PCIA has hit the infrastructure industry nail right on the head.
I am the editor of AGL’s small cell publication so that is where my head is at. Of course, I observe the infrastructure part as well and PCIA really has the top-shelf players and topics that matter to the infrastructure industry. But most of what went on there I leave to my contemporaries that cover it – Don Bishop and Sharpe Smith.
So, turning the infrastructure over to them, let’s move on to my focus – small cells.
PCIA is finding the nuggets in the small cell segment. This emerging industry is still in a stage of flux. A lot is happening and trying to hit all the targets as the move along the shooting gallery row is difficult. But from what I can tell, PCIA has its finger on the pulse. They did a great job of coming up with pertinent information from some of the best sources in the industry.
While there were not a lot of small cell sessions, but those that were there were extremely timely. The one that I found most enthralling, and was over the top in topic and speakers, was the lunch-over with PCIA President Johnathan Adelstein and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. I think commissioner Pai is going to be a just what the wireless industry needs. I had a chance to chat with him after a session and I like him a lot. He seems very with it when it comes to the value of broadband and unlicensed wireless so that can’t be anything but good for the industry. They were followed by the Connected Automobile session that gave us a good look into what is happening in telematics and how small cells will play big in this technology.
The other over-the-top session, IMHO, was about 5G. It was the breakfast session on Tuesday and I have to say that the speakers were extremely candid about what 5G is going to be and do. A refreshing change from the usual hype that 5G will be everything to everybody. I highly recommend all of you wondering what 5G will look like to download this session and check it out!
The other sessions I covered in the daily rap, so I won’t recap here. But there were some other things that went on that I really liked.
PCIA knows how to throw a party. The opening reception was awesome. Well attended, great food and a chance to hobnob with company presidents and other impressive individuals. And hats off to Jonathan. I think he is the perfect person to take PCIA to the next level. As both a regular person and PCIA’s president, I find him very approachable and down to earth (especially for a former FCC commissioner – and I say that tongue-in-cheek, or course). I get the same feedback from others, as well.
Other events such as the president’s reception and the gala were just awesome. Great food, great company and the music at the gala wasn’t too bad either.
In any event, I think that PCIA has found the right formula – At least they know what this editor likes… a good brie, sushi and exotic crackers.