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Commentary: Atlanta is a major hub for mobile connectivity


Mobility Live! recently held its third annual conference in Atlanta.

Delta's Sky magazine features Ralph in the cover story of its March 2015 issue

Delta’s Sky magazine features Ralph in the cover story of its March 2015 issue

And our city has another claim to fame. It’s a hub of mobile communications, one of the fastest growing technology sectors.

Atlanta has become such an important mobility hub that the international association for mobile companies has located its North American headquarters here.

The driver behind the city’s mobility profile is AT&T Mobility, which is headquartered here. Top company executives are believers in Atlanta.

Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, was one of the founders of Mobility Live! And Glenn Lurie, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, chairs the Mobility Task Force for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Lurie interviewed Apple executive Eddy Cue about the groundbreaking partnership between AT&T and Apple over the roll-out and partnership with the iPhone less than a decade ago.

De la Vega said it’s just the beginning. The next big wave in mobility is the “Internet of Things.” That includes cars, homes and just about every item that can be monitored through mobile communications imaginable.

And much of the technology for mobility and connectivity is being developed in Atlanta – in partnership with Georgia Tech.

Although AT&T is headquartered in Dallas, $100 billion of the company’s $160 billion revenue is being delivered through de la Vega’s mobile division based in Atlanta.

And that positions Atlanta to be a leader in the future of mobile connectivity.


Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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