Smart Cities Council and Wireless Infrastructure Association Join Forces to Promote Connected Sustainable Communities

Groups Will Work Together on Smart Cities Week and HetNet Expo

Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA  – The Smart Cities Council and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) jointly announced today that the two organizations will partner in the promotion and development of programming for the upcoming Smart Cities Week on Sept. 27-29 in Washington, DC, and HetNet Expo on Oct. 25-26 in Houston, Texas.

Smart Cities Week is an interactive conference and expo that showcases cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies government leaders need to build more livable, workable, sustainable cities.

HetNet Expo is WIA’s annual conference dedicated to exploring how a strong wireless infrastructure supports the way people work, live and play in a connected and mobile society.

“Mobile broadband is transforming everything from healthcare and education to transportation and public safety,” said Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of WIA. “At the center of these transformations are vibrant heterogeneous wireless networks that provide the increased network coverage, capacity and quality that smart cities need to grow and prosper.”

Both upcoming events will feature a number of panels and keynote speeches focused on the intersection of smart city initiatives and wireless network technologies.

Jason Nelson, Executive Director for Partner Engagement at Smart Cities Council, said his organization’s primary goal is to promote smart and sustainable cities through advocacy and action.

“We envision a world where digital technology and intelligent design are harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with a higher quality of life and better jobs for everyone,” Nelson said. “Smart cities use technology to gather data from devices and sensors and share that information via a combination of wired and wireless networks. Working with the Wireless Infrastructure Association makes perfect sense to the Smart Cities Council as both groups work toward improving lives.”

Nelson also pointed out that ABI Research predicts that spending on smart cities technologies could reach nearly $40 billion within the next five years. Pike Research forecasts that investments in smart city technology infrastructure, including wireless facilities and technologies, will total $108 billion between 2010 and 2020.

For more information or to register to attend Smart Cities Week in Washington, DC, visit

For more information or to register to attend HetNet Expo in Houston, visit


About the Smart Cities Council
Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide was developed based on discussions with hundreds of cities and solution vendors, and has been applied all over the world. The Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who have generated $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and contributed to more than 11,000 smart cities projects. To learn more, visit

About the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)

The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the businesses that develop, build, and own the nation’s wireless infrastructure. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that are responsible for telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts – on the local, state and federal level – WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to deliver mobile broadband access to all citizens and communities. For more information, visit