Next week, many of us will be heading down to New Orleans for CTIA Wireless 2012, the first time CTIA’s annual tradeshow and convention revisits the Crescent City since Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. In the four months of 2012 that have preceded it, both CES and Mobile World Congress have come and gone. Operators have talked up their network rollout and device plans. Device vendors have talked up their latest and greatest innovations–not to mention a nearly endless supply of quad core-powered phones and tablets. Network vendors made it clear that they’re ready (or getting ready) to support operator demands around small cells and WiFi.
Against this backdrop, it might seem like there’s little left to see or hear at CTIA Wireless. It might seem like all the major news has been announced and even the vendors who’ve held something back won’t have anything particularly exciting to say. This could well be the case.