The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has developed a new conference and trade show with a broad view of the evolving telecommunications ecosystem. The Connectivity Expo, known as Connect (X), will debut May 21-24 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“If you look forward, which is what the association takes a lot of pride in doing, most companies in this industry are evolving into connectivity companies. It makes sense for us to lead with The Connectivity Expo,” Tim House, WIA executive vice president, told the AGL eDigest in a phone interview.
Connect (X) will showcase the latest technologies and infrastructure driving the future of communications. The event is designed to serve all elements of connectivity – from the macro cells and fiber networks to the 5G technology driving network densification and connected cars.
“Through keynote speeches, expert panels and other unique forums designed to facilitate conversations between the best minds in our industry, Connect (X) will cover more ground than any other event,” said Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of WIA.
Programming at Connect (X) will include smart cities and connected communities, towers and edge infrastructure, private LTE networks, connected real estate, vehicle to infrastructure, critical LTE communications, innovations in infrastructure and workforce diversity.
“We see many of our member companies getting involved in multiple areas of the wireless ecosystem, whether it is fiber optics, small cells, distributed networks or data centers, along with macrocells,” House said. “Today, it is important to provide connectivity solutions to whomever the customer may be, whether it is the carrier, an enterprise or a municipality.”
In addition to expanding the programming, the conference will be a vehicle for WIA to create new partnerships. One example of a partnership that expands the association’s reach would be its relationship with the Smart Cities Council.
“The council has a long history of working with municipal CTOs and CIOs and we have a long history of advocating for policies that speed deployment,” House said. “We created a joint task force to explore issues that will help our members create relationships to educate each other.”
The creation of Connect (X) essentially merges WIA’s Wireless Infrastructure Show and the HetNet Expo. “The topics and issues that we’ve explored in our highly-successful shows led to their combination,” House said. “We will harness the energy created by these communities into a single conference that includes all of the great programming and networking from the two events and expand into a broader, even more inclusive offering.”
For more details on each of these programming tracks, go to www.connectivityexpo.com/conference. The event’s call for speakers is open through January 12, 2018. Persons interested in speaking at the inaugural Connect (X) event are encouraged to submit an abstract online at: www.connectivityexpo.com/call-for-speakers. Sponsorship packages and other sales and marketing opportunities are currently available exclusively through WIA.