CTIA said this year’s show had about 35,000 attendees, which the group said was similar to last year’s turnout. As far as exhibitors, CTIA said it drew in about 1,000, again similar to last year. But this year’s show did feel smaller. Further, several big names–like Samsung–had a much smaller presence this year than in years past.
Of course, that doesn’t mean CTIA Wireless 2013 wasn’t worthwhile. Most of the attendees I spoke with said they had productive meetings and were in general pleased with the show’s content and location. Hot topics this year included small cells, MVNOs and other new wireless service brands (like J.Lo’s Viva Móvil) and the rise of Tier 2 handset makers.
But I think the decisive headline from this year’s CTIA show is that it’s the last one we’ll see, at least in the spring. CTIA earlier this year announced a “Super Mobility Week” in September 2014 in Las Vegas that will allow attendees to move among collocated shows from CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association, 4G World and IFA. The combination of these shows–each one once a major event in its own right–reflects the massive consolidation that continues in the wider wireless world.
Well there you have it. For those that attended, what was your favorite part about CTIA 2013? Are you looking forward to next year’s show? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.
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