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March 21, 2011

Japan Will Be the Hot Topic at CTIA

CTIA (News - Alert) attendees are usually enthralled by all of the latest and greatest in mobile applications and devices, however; this year, with the devastation that is currently taking place in Japan, this issue will probably gather the most attention at the U.S. wireless industry's annual conference in Orlando this week.

This year's show will be the first public forum where all the best in the technology industry will be able to meet since an earthquake and tsunami jointly struck Japan. Technology reigns as a major industry in Japan, as the country supplies the world’s largest amount of technology related gadgets such as smartphones and computers.

"It's a global disaster with strong ties to this industry," said Avi Greengart in an article, who covers consumer gadgets for Current Analysis.

According to research firm IHS iSuppli, before the disaster, Japan held 13.9 percent of all global electronic equipment revenue and one-fifth of global semiconductor production last year. Many chip-manufacturing facilities have now been shut down though because of multiple aftershocks in the area, and the firm said that many electronics manufacturers could potentially rush to buy up supplies.

"It will be interesting to see what the tenor of the conference is," said Phil Asmundson, a technology consultant with Deloitte, an article stated. "With the crisis in Japan, there's a lot of distractions."

Currently slated to be at the event are Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility Holdings, and LG Electronics (News - Alert)—who will all be showing off brand new, as well as recently updated versions of their competing tablet computing devices. But these tablets will be compared right away to the recently released Apple's (News - Alert) iPad 2.

"The iPad 2 is going to be an underlying theme," Greengart said. "We know that this is going to be what people are talking about."

Another subject currently in the limelight that is sure to be at the tip of everyone’s tongue will be the shift to a much faster 4G wireless network. Last week, Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless introduced the world to its new smartphone that will for the first time run on a fourth-generation network, the ThunderBolt by HTC.

Something all attendees are extremely excited about at this show will be seeing four major national carriers sit down together for a round-table discussion that will begin on Tuesday. The carriers continue to argue over the quality and speed of their respective networks, and have each separately spoke of their rival’s opinions on the definition of a true 4G network that are wrong. The discussion will include Philipp Humm, CEO of T-Mobile USA, and Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint (News - Alert) Nextel, who are currently making headlines because the merger with AT&T.

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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