SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 4G World, the only conference and expo covering the entire ecosystem of next-generation 4G mobile broadband technologies, services, and devices, today announced that its 2012 event exceeded expectations, with strong attendance on Day 1 and Day 2 and for the leadership conference program, despite Hurricane Sandy impacting attendee and speaker travel plans.
Of particular note was the impressive attendance from mobile operators, with 20% of conference attendees at 4G World 2012 being from the operator community. The jam-packed conference lineup featured more than 165 program speakers participating in 27 keynotes, 15 conference tracks and 45 panels.
4G World was also the launch pad for many new product, service and corporate announcements. This year's event featured more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors that selected 4G World as their choice venue to debut or showcase their 4G solutions.
"With up to 30% of our registered attendees coming from areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, our first priority was everyone's safety," explained Joe Braue, General Manager of 4G World. "Where keynote speakers could not travel due to weather conditions and flight cancellations, we were able to deliver their presentations via video and audio conference links to attendees on-site in Chicago. And those who could not attend sessions in person were able to view them online from their remote locations through special 4G World video coverage available on Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the world's leading telecom website."
Among the highlights of the conference were remote video keynotes from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai from his home outside Washington, DC; and another from T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray who announced a number of initiatives involving T-Mobile's planned purchase of MetroPCS. Other notable sessions included the 4G Device Innovation Keynote Panel with Fared Adib, who manages devices at Sprint, and Kevin Packingham, the Chief Product Officer at Samsung; as well as the IT Executive Forum with the CIO of Chicago Brett Goldstein, along with Garry Curtis, Chief Technology Strategy Officer at Accenture, and others.
This year's 4G World was held in Chicago from October 29 to November 1. The event will move to Dallas in the fall of 2013, and will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center from October 28 – 30, 2013. The Dallas area has become a telecom and mobile communications hub and is home to many operators and service providers, as well as many leading enterprises and application developers.
4G World will also be expanding to India with the launch of 4G World India, which will take place in Delhi on April 25 and 26, 2013. 4G World focuses on key technologies and global operator business strategies for 4G network deployment. By expanding the show to India, 4G World will provide the entire ecosystem in this market with an annual platform to discuss and debate the most important topics facing the industry, and analyze the latest 4G innovations and solutions.
About 4G World
4G World is the first and only conference and expo covering the entire ecosystem of next-generation 4G technologies that enable the mobile Internet revolution, including mobile network infrastructure, advanced devices, applications and content. Owned and operated by UBM TechWeb, this show provides insight into the state of the industry today and explores forward-looking advancements that will affect operators within the mobile ecosystem in the years ahead. As a ubiquitous network takes hold in the mature markets of North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, operators are anticipating massive growth in broadband data usage and planning their network migration strategies and business models for monetizing mobile Internet services. 4G World offers attendees an opportunity to research state-of-the-practice business models and advanced mobile technologies, and learn from other operators about what works and what doesn't, as they migrate their networks to 4G. For more information, visit www.4GWorld.com.
About UBM TechWeb
UBM TechWeb the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses – media solutions, marketing services and paid content – UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Cloud Connect, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a part of UBM plc, one of the world's largest media businesses as a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.
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