INSIDE WIRELESS: Major Themes at CTIA Wireless 2009
The CTIA Wireless 2009 conference was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here, Knowledge Center mobile and wireless analyst J. Gerry Purdy shares eight major themes that emerged at CTIA Wireless this year, including how Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, Nokia's Symbian and the Palm WebOS are becoming the six major smartphone platforms in the wireless industry.When I first arrived in Las Vegas for the annual CTIA Wireless show, I thought it might be just like the old days, with hundreds of people in line. I couldn't help but ask, "Why in the world did they spend tens of millions, if not more, on developing a nice monorail system to connect all the hotels with the convention center, but then didn't complete the system by connecting it to the airport?" The taxi lobby likely made strong threats if one of their primary sources of revenue was to be cut off. It would have made more sense to extend the monorail to the airport than to have approved the $10 billion City Center project, which stands there almost completed and empty. As Anderson Cooper loves to say, "What were they thinking?"
The attendance for this year's CTIA Wireless conference was way down. It felt like attendance was around half of what it was last year. I've said it before: the most valuable space at the show is the hundreds of meeting rooms stuck off in Central Hall C5-at the far end of the show. Here, vendors rented rooms for meetings with press, analysts and customers.