The wireless industry in Canada gathered in Ottawa on June 8 to celebrate the first 20 years of mobile telephony in the country. Speakers reflected on the past, but also presented opinions on what the future might look like. Some mused about mobile telephony predictions expressed by key industry leaders in the early to mid 1980s. At the time, some predicted that there would only be one million mobile subscribers by the year 2000 in the United States. In Canada, total subscriber would amount to approximately 100,000 to 200,000.  Mobile telephony in Canada and in North America has far exceeded those expectations, and it continues to surpass expectations on a yearly basis. Canada now counts more than 15 million subscribers. In the United States, total subscriber count will likely surpass the 200-million mark this year, after topping 180 million at the end of 2004.  But the nature of mobile is changing, the conference was told. Society is witnessing the convergence of fixed and mobile wireless technologies, which will eventually allow consumers to use the public cellular network outside of the home and switch onto a private network when inside the home. Emphasis in this area has focused to a large degree on the enterprise segment, but there is work being done now to tie all the different networks together to bring this to the consumer market. Canada is ahead of the game in this area because the carriers have all the necessary pieces under a single umbrella, they just need to find a way to stitch them together.  On the device front, Tomi Ahonen, author and noted wireless telecom consultant, spoke on the future of the mobile phone (see description below for typical handset evolution). He presented a theory that the wireless device of today will have similar performance characteristics to that of a laptop five years ago; a desktop computer 10 years ago; and a supercomputer of 20 years ago.