The Wireless Infrastructure Association Announces Connectivity Expo

“Connect (X)” to Debut May 21-24 at Charlotte Convention Center

Alexandria, VA – Oct. 17, 2017 – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced the creation of a ground-breaking new conference and trade show dedicated to the rapidly evolving telecommunications ecosystem. Over three action-packed days, attendees will experience cutting-edge discussions, workshops and keynote speeches from leaders across multiple industries – from wireless infrastructure and automotive to smart cities and commercial real estate.

The Connectivity Expo —  known as Connect (X) — will bring together the buyers and sellers of connectivity solutions and showcase the latest innovative technologies and vital infrastructure driving the future of communications.

The inaugural Connect (X) will take place May 21-24, 2018, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Sponsorship packages and other sales and marketing opportunities are currently This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The event is designed to serve all elements of the expanding and evolving connectivity ecosystem – from the macro structures that stand high above the ground and the miles and miles of fiber networks below the ground to the 5G technology driving the ongoing network densification in our cities and the technology embedded in our cars.

“We created Connect (X) to reflect a new world where wireless infrastructure connects everything – from the traditional macro towers that remain the center of the connectivity universe to the Internet of Everything and beyond,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of WIA. “Through keynote speeches, expert panels and other unique forums designed to facilitate conversations between the best minds in our industry, Connect (X) will cover more ground than any other event.”

The creation of Connect (X) serves as the culmination of many years of WIA hosting the Wireless Infrastructure Show and the HetNet Expo each year. The growth and interest in both events set the stage for WIA to take another major step by launching the new venture.

“Our industry is ever-evolving,” said Tim House, Executive Vice President of WIA. “The topics and issues that we’ve explored our highly-successful shows lead to their combination. We will harness the energy created by these communities into a single conference that includes all of the great programming and networking from the two events and expand into a broader, even more inclusive offering for every company and organization, every city and town, every entrepreneur and investor. Ultimately, our industry is about connectivity and that is the essence of Connect (X).”

Programming at Connect (X) will include Smart Cities and Connected Communities, Macro Cell: Towers and Edge Infrastructure, Private LTE Networks, Connected Real Estate, V2i (or Vehicle to Infrastructure), Critical LTE Communications, Innovations in Infrastructure, and Workforce Diversity. For more details on each of these programming tracks, go to

The event’s call for speakers is open through January 12, 2018. Persons interested in speaking at the inaugural Connect (X) event are encouraged to submit an abstract online at:

HetNet Expo 2017: Connected Real Estate, Outdoor Densification and IoT


HetNet Expo is the only conference that brings together professionals from across the entire wireless ecosystem to share valuable information and opinions about the latest mobile communications technologies and the overall state of the wireless industry. HetNet Expo’s programming delivers a collection of keynote speeches and interactive panels designed to stimulate industry-changing conversations between all stakeholders. This year’s event will focus on connected commercial real estate, the ongoing densification of mobile networks via small cells, and the critical role wireless technologies will play in the growth of the Internet of Things

HetNet Expo takes place Oct. 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. 

 Keynote speakers include:

2017 Wireless Infrastructure Show

Don’t miss the 2017 Wireless Infrastructure Show, the premier national event for mobile network solutions, May 22-25 in Orlando, Florida.

The event features unparalleled networking and collaboration in a focused environment.  Explore developments in finance, policy, and technology. Learn from visionaries, meet with clients and prospects, evaluate new products and services and ultimately gain a competitive advantage.

Don’t miss this essential networking and business opportunity for anyone that owns, builds, manages or services wireless networks.

Ensure premium exposure with the target audience for wireless infrastructure products and services through sponsorship or exhibit space.  View opportunities here.

Who attends?

40% – Infrastructure Providers
20% – Carriers
20% – Professional Services
10% – Financial
10% – Others

For more information, please visit

WIA's Innovation & Technology Council will hold its spring meeting on May 25 as well.

HetNet Expo 2016

The HetNet Expo 2016 takes place October 25-26 in Houston, Texas, at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria hotel. Things are always bigger in Texas, and we expect HetNet Expo 2016 to continue that tradition!

Extend your reach to the DAS and small cell marketplace by becoming a HetNet Expo participant. Attendees and exhibitors will come together for this year's HetNet Expo, which will include comprehensive programming on all things HetNet-related, including distributed networking solutions, Wi-Fi, infrastructure deployments and other innovative technology solutions. 

Keynote speakers include Jay Brown, CEO of Crown Castle and Morgan Turk, CTO of CommScope.

The Call for Speakers is also open. You can submit a topic and suggested speaker here