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November 19, 2018

CTIA Gives Thanks .

CTIA Gives Thanks


Anderson Sullivan

2018 has been a record year for the wireless industry. Today, we’re celebrating some of the highlights of the past year and sharing our gratitude for all that makes the wireless industry special. Take a look at what we’re thankful for, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

A Thriving Wireless Industry

Wireless is a competitive, innovative and growing industry that touches the lives of people across the country. In 2017, Americans used a record of 15.7 trillion megabytes (MB) of mobile data, nearly quadrupling usage since 2014.

Policy Action

This year we saw local officials take action to bring next-generation 5G networks and innovation to their communities, as well as strong bipartisan support across Washington for policies that will help America retain its position as the global leader in wireless.

The Year of 5G

2018 is the year 5G became a reality. From the first deployments to the first 5G phone call and data transmission, next-generation networks are officially here.

Spectrum, Spectrum, Spectrum

Earlier this month, the FCC began the first of five planned high-band auctions, and in October they finalized rules for the 3.5 GHz band, a key swath of mid-band spectrum. This spectrum is critical to making 5G a reality.

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Infrastructure Reform

The FCC took multiple steps this year to modernize the framework for the siting of wireless infrastructure at all levels of government. These actions will speed 5G deployment, boost the economy, and help bridge the digital divide.


Our Members

CTIA is proud to represent an exciting group of companies committed to helping everyone lead a 21st Century connected life.

Our People

From our regulatory team to technology experts, every member of our staff helps the wireless industry flourish.


50 Years of 9-1-1

This February, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call. With more than 70% of 9-1-1 calls coming from mobile devices, we’re proud to help connect Americans when it matters most— and for  industry efforts to continue making 9-1-1 even better.


Drive Smart’s 5th Anniversary

CTIA Wireless Foundation’s contest inspires teenagers to create short videos to discourage others from distracted driving. The winning entries can receive up to $10,000 in scholarship money, and we’re already on pace to beat last year’s record for entries!

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