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4G World 2011: Scenes from the Show Floor4G World 2011: Scenes from the Show Floor

Picture this: LTE, small cells and wall-to-wall backhaul

Sarah Thomas

October 27, 2011

CHICAGO -- 4G World 2011 -- Long Term Evolution (LTE) was the name of the game at 4G World in the Windy City this week.

And, while you may think that mobile backhaul, Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), Wi-Fi hotspots and satellites don't make for good photo opps, we managed to find a few.

Click on the picture below to check out the scenes from the 4G World show floor. The pictures and captions are our fault.

For more
Check out the rest of our 4G World coverage below.

  • BelAir Racks Up Cable Wins

  • MetroPCS Preps to Bring LTE for All

  • MetroPCS LTE Revamp Set for 2012

  • Sprint's LTE Advance Is a Move to Keep Up

  • Sprint Plans LTE-Advanced Launch in 2013

  • AlcaLu Tackles Video Calling on LTE

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Starring 4G World The LTE-focused conference took over Chicago's McCormick Center for four days.

Panels & Power Points

OK, you'd have to really glance to take all the programming in at once.

Show's On

Attendees filter out from the keynote and onto the show floor.

What's Cooking?

Small cell soup.

Free Books!

But no one wants them because they are about WiMax.

Foot Traffic

Much like the HetNet, attendees at 4G World were diverse.

Time Out

Whistles weren't the best choice for booth tchotchkes.


Jetpacks not included.

Sprint Lounge

The swanky Sprint lounge was in the back of a van ... not creepy at all.

LTE Devices

Mainly just dongles, but more exciting stuff is to come at CES.

Samsung's LTE IQ

Samsung set out to prove its LTE is smarter than yours.

Coverage & Capacity

Both are important for wireless operators to deal with heavy data users, like this guy.

Towering Over

This TV gets its own cell tower. If only we could be that lucky.


Continual presentations to packed audiences served as a backdrop for the show floor.


Annoy your neighbor with these antenna solutions.

A Giga World Huawei's Giga World drew people in as it hoped to draw in passersby from Samsung's booth.

I Don't Want No Churn

NO SCRUBS was already taken.

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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