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CTIA Preview: WiMax Smartphone, LTE & iGloves!

The International CTIA WIRELESS 2010 show starts in Las Vegas this week with expectations for the first WiMax smartphone to be announced, an LTE picocell prototype on show, and lots of talk about upcoming deployments on the menu.

Light Reading Mobile will be on hand all week to document the largest dedicated wireless show in the U.S. Here's a rundown of some of what to expect at this year's event:

WiMax goes supersonic
The long-rumored High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) phone is expected to be unveiled by Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) at the show. The CDMA carrier, which uses Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s WiMax network for its "4G Now" service, could introduce the HTC phone Tuesday. See Light Reading's Phil Harvey and Sidecut Reports's Paul Kapustka discuss the device here. Light Reading Mobile reported on the tri-mode device back in March 2009.(See Gadget Watch: Awaiting the Apple Tablet.) A pico first
AirWalk Communications Inc. is showing off its Long Term Evolution picocell prototype at the show, an indoor unit designed to provide coverage in large buildings. The company is targeting the U.S. market first with a 700MHz model available sometime in the first half of 2011. (See AirWalk Preps LTE Picocell Proto for CTIA.)

LTE hordes on the horizon
LTE chipsets and infrastructure are also on the buffet menu in Vegas: Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has new LTE radio heads to show off; DesignArt Networks and Sequans Communications have silicon to shout about; and Aviat Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AVNW) will talk up backhaul for LTE, along with many other infrastructure vendors setting out their stalls. (See DesignArt Boosts 4G SoCs and Sequans to Sample LTE Chip.)

Sprinting to Nexus
Amongst other smartphone news, Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Verizon Wireless could have more details about the CDMA Nexus One expected to be launched soon. Sprint revealed that it will launch the Android phone soon, and Verizon may announce at the show. (See Gadget Watch: Google's Nexus Spreads.)

This is just a taste of the news that is likely to be coming from the show. There will also be a number of bigger issues to talk about as the event unfolds. The National Broadband plan unveiled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week is likely to be a topic of debate, relevant to all the major carriers at the show. (See FCC Proposes 300MHz More Spectrum by 2015.)

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless already talked about LTE plans on a GSM Association (GSMA) call last week but have press conferences planned for the show. Meanwhile, Clearwire and Sprint are also on hand for the mobile WiMax perspective. (See AT&T, Verizon Undecided on LTE Pricing.)

Meanwhile, Apple's iPad will go on sale just over a week after the show closes and is bound to keep tongues wagging in Vegas. Even if you can't get the touch-screen tablet, you'll be able to see the Telefingers flip-top fingerless gloves, which are designed to allow iPhonistas to use their devices in cold weather. [Ed. note: Yes, really!] — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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