As a returning member to CTIA's board, Meyers will continue to play an integral role in advancing the association's broad industry agenda. In particular, the board will leverage his experience and expertise in inter-carrier mobile messaging and mobile social networks to lead industry discussions and initiatives.
"Charles has made significant contributions to the wireless and mobile media industry," said CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent. "His critical knowledge of the mobile value chain and experience in best practices, coupled with his unique perspective and vision for the mobile media industry, will continue to be an asset to our team."
Meyers' appointment to the CTIA board and his simultaneous board membership in the Mobile Marketing Association, are testament to the breadth of expertise and leadership that the VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media division brings to the mobile ecosystem. VeriSign powers inter-carrier mobile messaging for seven of the top 10 wireless carriers in North America, and in doing so enables more than 600 million messages on a typical day.
This past quarter, VeriSign set a single-day record by enabling 648 million text messages over a 24-hour period and a one-hour record of 42 million messages. From January through June 2008, VeriSign enabled 95.4 billion mobile messages across its network globally, another record. The division's combined mobile messaging networks reach more than 2.4 billion global wireless customers through its network of more than 600 of the world's leading wireless service providers.
"As mobile messaging usage continues to skyrocket and mobile content and applications become more critical to consumers, we see tremendous opportunities for the industry to capitalize on these trends," said Meyers. "It is an honor to continue to serve on the CTIA board and help drive key initiatives that advance the mobile industry globally."
Meyers has been with VeriSign since 2006. He previously held executive positions with Level 3 Communications, Kinetic Ventures, Internet Security Systems and BellSouth.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization founded in 1984 that represents all sectors of wireless communications, including service providers, manufacturers, wireless data and internet companies, as well as other contributors to the wireless industry. CTIA advocates on behalf of its member companies before the Executive Branch, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Congress, and state regulatory and legislative bodies. The association also operates the industry's leading trade shows, as well as equipment testing and certification programs to ensure a high standard of quality for consumers.
About VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media
VeriSign Messaging and Mobile Media is a division of VeriSign, the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Through this business unit, VeriSign provides global application services that reliably delivers short-messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and mobile content across any wireless operator and mobile device throughout the world. As a leader in mobile messaging, mobile banking and mobile content delivery, VeriSign offers a broad portfolio of mobile infrastructure and delivery services. Offering reliable delivery, a worldwide presence, and rapid and effective deployment, VeriSign has built a trusted and respected brand with global mobile operators, media content providers and enterprises. The reach, reliability and value add of VeriSign services enable these companies to capitalize on the rapidly growing messaging and media content markets.
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