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Mobile operator CEOs play up harmony

Stephen Lawson | Oct. 12, 2011
The CEOs of the three largest U.S. mobile operators largely ignored their fierce competition on Tuesday, delivering one keynote speech after another at CTIA Wireless Enterprise & Applications that emphasized the benefits of the wireless industry as a whole.

Verizon's Mead also pulled out examples of mobile's good works, such as a wireless robot avatar that goes to school for a boy in Texas who can't leave his room because he has virtually no immune system.

Mead emphasized the carriers' cooperative spirit, which he said has allowed roaming and text-messaging interoperability and the entry of "the companies the designed the two most important operating systems in the world today" -- without mentioning Apple and Google by name.

"Cooperation has allowed all of us in the wireless industry to come a very long way in a very short period of time," Mead said. "Progress is going to require much more of the same."

 

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