San Francisco, California
The CTIA Fall show is always smaller scale than the Spring show. One also remembers that the Spring 2005 show was in New Orleans, which hopefully will be back in great shape shortly. Highlights of the show:
- US wireless subscribers have increased by 25 million from June 2004 to June 2005, monthly ARPU(Average Revenue Per User) was basically flat from June 2004 to June 2005 at $49.52. Total 6-month revenue has gone from $49B in June 2004 to over $55B in June 2005.
- Hot Topic: Mobile music beyond ringtones, truetones and ringback tones to streaming and over-the-air downloads of full track songs. New music phones recently announced include: Sony Ericsson Walkman, Nokia N91, Motorola ROKR, and Samsung SGH i300
- Hot Topic: Mobile TV services have generated a lot of hype but still low in terms of significant revenue stream and there are several different standards being deployed. Alongside of this, there are mobile VOD(Video On Demand), mobile-specific video clips, and other related services.
- Hot Topic: Security risks put on mobile enterprise deployments. As mobile devices become more open and advanced, the risks to sensitive corporate data increases
- Hot Topic: Simple and easy user interface for browsing, search and navigation for mobile content services
- Windows Mobile on Treo phones offered first by Verizon Wireless - announced by Bill Gates(Chairman and Chief SW Architect, Microsoft), Ed Colligan (CEO and President, PalmOne), and Denny Strigl (President and CEO, Verizon Wireless). Product to be launched early 2006 with an exclusive period (6 months) on Verizon Wireless, and later delivery by other carriers.
- ESPN announced its long-awaited MVNO(Mobile Virtual Network Operator) service, using a special phone from Sanyo on Sprint Nextel's network infrastructure.
- RIM will use Intel's chips in future BlackBerry devices
- SanDisk announces TrustedFlash technology that includes cryptography, digital rights management and content protection on the card itself. This enables users to buy premium content: music, movies, and games on flash memory cards to use on mobile devices, laptops, and other portable devices.
- RealNetworks announced a deal with Cingular to deliver mobile TV service.
- Nokia 9300 line of phones, which includes RIM's BlackBerry email technology (BlackBerry Connect) was launched in US with Cingular
- And more!