CTIA—The Wireless Association, the wireless industry's international organization, kicks off its "Super Mobility Week" Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Between Apple's big product unveiling that same day, carrier pricing battles, and potential M&A in the works, the stakes are high for an industry in the midst of many big changes. Here's what to expect from the big annual show.
Apple chatter and pricing battles
Despite the fact that Apple has no official presence at the conference, it could very well steal the spotlight. The conference's first day coincides with Apple's Cupertino event, where the smartphone maker is widely expected to unveil the next generation iPhone and its first watch.
While companies increasingly seem to shun big conference for their own product announcements, CTIA is fighting back by combining the two shows it used to host every year into one big event—its first "Super Mobility Week." It may be light on announcements, but wireless is so integral to such a wide range of industries that many companies have a presence.
Twitter on the future of mobile
On Tuesday, Twitter president of global revenue Adam Bain sits down with CNBC's Julia Boorstin for a fireside chat at 6:30pm EST. Twitter prides itself on being "mobile-first" and, like rival Facebook, is building its business around mobile advertising. With ongoing questions about whether Twitter will be able to grow its user base to the kind of scale Facebook has, expect a focus on Costolo's plan to make the service more user-friendly. And on the heels of Twitter's first e-commerce test, announced Monday morning, expect questions about the "Buy Now" button, and other plans to boost revenue. And of course, there will be questions about how Apple's announcements will impact Twitter's advertising—and user—experience.
Verizon on mobile video innovation
Verizon Wireless President and CEO and CTIA Chairman Dan Mead kicks off the conference on Tuesday 12p.m. EST with a keynote focused on mobile video. It's an area where the company has large ambitions, particularly its LTE Multicast technology which is designed to deliver high quality video without buffering.