In anticipation of next week’s CTIA convention in New Orleans, Sinead Carew of Reuters (via the India Times) has a good preview of what is sure to dominate the discussion:

Complaints about the shortage of wireless frequencies and a need for U.S. mobile carriers to consolidate will dominate the industry’s largest annual gathering next week, but regulatory uncertainty may leave the sector powerless to deal with its most pressing issues anytime soon.

U.S. wireless operators argue that too many competitors are fighting over a mature market and that they urgently need more spectrum to cope with increasing demand for bandwidth-hungry services such as video and social networking.

But experts say regulators’ clear reluctance to approve big acquisitions has paralyzed any operators that could otherwise have been keen on combining forces this year.

The full article is worth checking out.