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The FierceWireless list of the most powerful people in the wireless industry included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google CEO Larry Page, as well as VIPs from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

But Apple’s Tim Cook got the top spot.

Apple’s iPhone is a leader in the smartphone market with 4.7 million activations on AT&T’s network during the carrier’s third fiscal quarter, 3.1 million activations on Verizon’s network, and 1.5 million phones on Sprint’s network.

The iPhone accounted for 77 percent of smartphone sales at AT&T Mobility, with a smaller percentage of smartphone sales at Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel.

Samsung’s CEO J.K. Shin was also on the list. Samsung’s profits rival those of Apple, and in the third quarter Samsung’s smartphone market share was almost double that of Apple’s.

IDC expects a relatively dramatic shift between 2011 and 2016, with the number of Android-based devices growing modestly from 29.4% share in 2011 to a market-leading 31.1% share in 2016. Meanwhile, iOS-based devices will grow from 14.6% share in 2011 to 17.3% in 2016. By 2016, IDC predicts smartphone shipments will reach 1.84 billion units, more than double the 2011 figure.

Global Broadband Subscribers Set to Rise by Nearly 60 Percent by 2015, says iSuppli, with about 350 million new consumers projected to come online from 2011 to 2015.

4G Americas predicts there will be 604 million LTE subscribers globally by 2016, with some 3.5 billion using HSPA. That totals more than 4 billion broadband users by 2016.

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