Weak Forecasts Kill Supercomm Trade Show

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Supercomm, a U.S. telecommunications trade show that has taken on different forms and names over the past several years, has been canceled for 2010 due to lack of interest.

The show's sponsors, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), jointly decided to cancel the show after seeing financial projections from Expocomm, the convention company that was organizing it. Supercomm 2010 was to have taken place Oct. 26-28 in Chicago.

For many years, Supercomm was a major destination for U.S. carriers and the vendors that serve them. But in 2005, the two sponsors decided to split and hold separate shows. In 2007, they came back together for a renamed show, TelecomNEXT, which ran for two years. They brought back the Supercomm name in 2009 and moved the show's date to October.

However, in recent years smaller, more focused trade shows have pulled some vendors and users away from events with a broad scope like Supercomm. At the same time, U.S. carriers have shifted more of their focus to the fast-growing wireless business, which is represented by the two CTIA trade shows that take place in the U.S. every year.

TIA and USTelecom announced the cancellation in a brief statement released Monday, adding that they looked forward to "future collaborative efforts."

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