AT&T Mobility CEO Highlights Innovation and Collaboration in Mobile Industry

Industry in "perfect storm of innovation," says Ralph de la Vega

Dallas, Texas, October 11, 2011

Ralph de la Vega, President and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, highlighted the importance of innovation and collaboration to the mobile industry Tuesday in a keynote address to the CTIA Enterprise & Applications Conference. 

Speaking at the conference in San Diego, Calif., the CEO of the wireless unit of AT&T (NYSE:T) said the industry has “crossed the threshold” of a mobile revolution with the deployment of social networking, acceleration of cloud computing, skyrocketing of mobile applications, and advances in mobile devices and networks. 

“It’s the perfect storm of innovation,” de la Vega said. “In this highly dynamic environment, it’s clear that collaboration is the key to ongoing innovation.” 

de la Vega cited the work of AT&T Foundry, innovation hubs the company opened this year in California, Texas and Israel, and The Innovation Pipeline, AT&T’s corporate crowdsourcing platform for employees “that is driving a new culture of innovation” inside the company. 

de la Vega said that the new era of innovation and collaboration also is apparent in tailor-made AT&T wireless solutions for businesses and in the exponential growth of machine-to-machine emerging devices for consumers. 

The mobile industry has much to be proud of, de la Vega concluded.

“We’re driving innovation across our economy at a time when it’s needed the most,” he said. “But it’s the human scale – putting all the technology to work for people – that we can be the most proud of.” 

“We’re in an era now where we can truly rethink what we once thought was impossible,” he said.