Keynotes announced for 'TIA 2013: Future of the Network'

July 12, 2013
TIA's Oct. 7-10 annual conference in Washington, D.C. will include U.S. Senator Pryor, U.S. Representative Matsui, FCC Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, as well as senior executives from Samsung Mobile, Sprint, The Weather Channel and Verizon.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has announced keynote speakers for the organization’s flagship annual conference, dubbed "TIA 2013: Future of the Network.” To be held from October 7-10 in Washington, D.C., the conference will bring together strategists, thought leaders, technologists and policymakers to focus on mobility, broadband capacity, and the information and communications technology (ICT) industry value chain.

“With exponential growth fueled by mobility, video content and applications, the ICT industry is facing tremendous disruption,” contends TIA president, Grant Seiffert. “TIA 2013 will give companies actionable ways to take advantage of opportunities and navigate challenges. We’re thrilled that leading visionaries will contribute to this conversation.”

According to TIA, this year's conference will explore "disruption in the marketplace, best practices, trends, and changing business models, in a format designed to help companies succeed." The event is centered around 6 tracks and will include 10 pre-conference workshops, a CTO Roundtable, a “Women in ICT” Breakfast, a Solutions Zone, and a Policy Day. A broad range of network-centric topics will be covered, including the all-IP network transition, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data center optimization, environmental regulation, FirstNet/public safety plans, global supply chain, government procurement reform, higher education, M2M, m-health, role of media, software-defined networking, spectrum, and more.

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Over three-and-a-half days, TIA 2013 will feature C-level roundtable discussions, interactive conversations and presentations by more than 200 ICT executives, including the following keynote speakers:

Kathleen Abernathy, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Frontier Communications
Bob Azzi, Senior Vice President of Networks, Sprint
O. Matthew Beal, EVP Corporate Strategy & Product Development & CTO, CenturyLink
James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T
Mignon L. Clyburn, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission
Lisa Hook, President and CEO, Neustar
Dr. Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute and Board Member, GreenTouch Consortium
Bryson Koehler, Executive Vice President and CIO, The Weather Company
Lori Lee, Senior Executive Vice President – Home Solutions, AT&T
Charles Marsh, President, North America Sales, Alcatel-Lucent
The Honorable Doris O. Matsui, U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)
Randal S. Milch, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon
The Honorable Mark Pryor, U.S. Senate (D-AR), Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
Craig Silliman, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
Thierry Van Landegem, Vice President of Global Operations, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and Chairman, GreenTouch Consortium
Jinesh Varia, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
Timothy K. Wagner, Vice President and GM, Enterprise Business Unit, Samsung Mobile
David Walsh, President, Chairman and CEO, GENBAND
Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications

Sponsors of TIA 2013: The Future of the Network include the Host Sponsor, GENBAND, along with Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Ascom, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Goodman Networks, Henkels & McCoy, IHS Global, ILS Technology, Integra Networks, Intel, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Panasonic, Power & Telephone Supply, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Telmar, Verizon, Walker and Associates, and ZTE.

TIA 2013 also has the support of a number of industry organizations, including: BICSI, ChannelVision, Connected Nation, Consumer Electronics Daily, Convergencia Latina, Communications Daily, Current Analysis, Dark Fiber Community, DirectTrust, FierceMarkets, GigaOM, GlobalVision, GreenTouch, InfoComm, Inside Networks, IPSO Alliance, IT-AAC, Light Reading, MEF, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), QuEST Forum, SDNCentral, Small Cell Forum, State Telephone Regulation Report, TelecomHub, Telecom Review, Washington Internet Daily, Wi-Fi Alliance, and others.

TIA's Seiffert concludes, “With the volume of Internet content -- especially video -- expected to double by 2017, broadband networks are challenged to keep up with customer expectations. By engaging our industry in meaningful conversations about strategy, technology and policy, TIA 2013 will focus on alleviating that stress.”

Additional keynote speakers for TIA 2013 will be announced in the near future; registration will open shortly. For more information, visit

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