CTIA Wireless 2012: Day Three Round-Up

Following all the news from days one and two, the final instalment of this year’s CTIA Wireless show was a relatively quiet one with few announcements from the major vendors. However, the day was not totally devoid of newsworthy items and here is our round-up of the major stories:


In a conversation with The Verge, CTIA’s Rob Mesirow mentioned that RIM will feature heavily in the trade organisation’s Enterprise and Applications show in October. The Canadian manufacturer is set to have a major presence in the trade hall at the event as well as deliver a keynote address. Interestingly, BlackBerry 10 is rumoured for release in the autumn so we may well see a big announcement from RIM at the conference.

Nano SIM

SIM card maker Giesecke & Devrient has showcased its design for the forthcoming nano SIM which has been developed in partnership with Apple. The iPhone creator has been involved in a very public battle with Nokia regarding the forthcoming nano SIM design, with the Finnish manufacturer proposing a much more radical design. The decision of which will be adopted is to be decided via a vote of the members of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in the near future.

Bill Clinton

Former US President Bill Clinton took to the stage on the final day of CTIA Wireless to discuss, among other things, the lessons that politicians can learn from the wireless industry. In his second appearance at the conference (his first coming at Orlando in 2007) Clinton touched upon a wide number of issues, with the over arching message being one of alignment between tech ideologies and political diversity.

That is all from CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, but we are already looking forward to the Enterprise and Applications show in October.

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