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Posted at 1:40 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

CES: Verizon CEO Seidenberg's keynote

By Cecilia Kang

We're off! Verizon Communications chief executive Ivan Seidenberg kicks off the first official day of the Consumer Electronics show with a keynote speech on the phone giant's plans for the future.

Seidenberg has arrived with a flood of wireless announcements (Verizon owns half of Verizon Wireless with the U.K.'s Vodafone) for its new 4G high-speed mobile network. He's also been a opponent of net neutrality rules and anything that tacks on more regulations to the Internet service provider.

We're live blogging it here, with the most recent posts on top.

1:05 p.m. Seidenberg: The number of sensors for Internet devices will rise from 4 billion today to 60 billion by end of decade.

VZ's plans:
Testing a connected home in 2011, a joint venture in mobile commerce during the first half of 2011.

"We believe there will be even more disruptive social models in our future," Seidenberg said.

We will even start manufacturing in a high-tech way in the U.S. again, Seidenberg said.

1 p.m. McAdam talks about partnerships and how open standards "unleash the power of networks and make a platform for spreading innovation on a massive scale."

12:50 p.m. The Axis of Android is up on stage: Verizon's McAdam, Motorola Mobility's chief executive, Sanjay Jha, and Google's Mike Maclaren.

Maclaren demos video chat and notifications on Honeycomb, which he said was built from the ground up for tablet hardware.

Jha talks about his slew of devices, including the Android Xoom tablet, for 4G. The Droid franchise "started as a collaboration of Google, Motorola and Verizon," Jha says.

Jha unveils Droid Bionic 4G smart phone, calls it the "end of waiting" phone, no delays in downloads, video conference. He shows a video of Xoom, the first Google Android Honeycomb tablet, for Verizon.

12:40 p.m. Bewkes: It's important that we get every connection company. We want infrastructure companies to deliver video on high def and 3D on broadband and to work simply, seamlessly and across devices and geographies. We need every ISP company on board, he says, and talks about TV Everywhere. That strategy puts its content on devices and the Internet for those subscribers. Critics say it's a anti-cord cutting strategy.

"I'm here today to make help every company make that infrastructure simple," he says.

Seidenberg says Verizon supports TV Everywhere and will work with Time Warner and others on that strategy.

12:30 p.m.
Time Warner's Bewkes: Says best programming in generation. Going to more devices, on-demand and higher quality, 3D and HD.

Seidenberg: says people aren't watching less TV at all, just time shifting and watching on multiple devices. Brings on Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes to talk about "the golden age of television"

12:20 p.m. Verizon president Lowell McAdam: Big broadband -- fiber -- will lead to holograms, virtual travel and 3D. Says 15 million homes with Verizon's fiber to home (150 megabytes):

"We are more than capable of handling video traffic in the years ahead," he says.

On wireless: 4G LTE in 38 markets today, doubling that in six months, covering nation in three years.

12:15 p.m. Here comes Ivan Seidenberg.

Seidenberg: Consumers around the globe say tech is a second skin, a way to extend presence in time and space -- whatever screen they have in hand, in home, cars etc. Two billion Internet users in the world make this biggest technology market world has ever known.

Noon: Shapiro projects consumer electronics sales to rise 3.5 percent to $186 billion in 2011.

CEA expects 30 million Internet-connected TVs will be sold by 2014.

11:56 Shapiro likes the FCC's spectrum plan, calls those against the plan "squatters" on broadband mobile airwaves.

But he doesn't like other regulations: "Adding regulatory control and the government is clearly overspending. We need spectrum for wireless broadband, and for that we applaud the FCC for its broadband and spectrum plan." (Smattering of claps.)

Shapiro: U.S. innovation is at risk: "In the last four years, we have not finalized one single trade agreement. Yet the rest of world, all furiously signing trade agreements. Now we are discouraging best and brightest.


11:50 am
. Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro launches the show to the song "Dynamite." No fist-bumping, but lots of talk so far about innovation being the key to trumping unemployment and the sagging economy. He underscores the position of the global tech community.


By Cecilia Kang  | January 6, 2011; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  Verizon, cable  
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Comments

12:20 - Pretty sure you mean 150 Megabits per second--not megabytes. You know the difference, right? But if it's megabytes, sign me up!

Posted by: mtn_lion | January 8, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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