CTIA 2013 Shows Strong Numbers, Gears Up for Super Mobility Week

May 26, 2013

Wireless technology got plenty of celebrity action as Jennifer Lopez and Ashton Kutcher took center stage at CTIA 2013 Mobile Marketplace that took place May 21-23 at the Sands Convention Center.

The event drew about 35,000 attendees, many of whom were watching the keynotes on their mobile devices. Exhibitor count and square footage were on par with 2012, when about 1,000 exhibitors took up 297,903 net square feet.  

As mobile technology has become ubiquitous in just about any industry, CTIA is gearing up to launch Super Mobility Week in September of 2014 that will bring together CTIA's two events – Mobile Marketplace and MobilCON – as well as UBM's 4G World, Tower & Small Cell Summit and IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

"Our industry has changed overnight, and so we had to reimagine the marketplace," said Robert Mesirow, vice president and show director for CTIA. "The industry and our members are very excited about the super show concept. It's a step in the right direction."

One of the defining factors is the partnership with IFA that will create a global platform for product launches particularly in the segments of connected home and smart technology. Keynotes will be broadcasted on both sides of the Atlantic. There also are plans for deploying robots to roam the floors in Berlin to offer physical presence to the global virtual audience.

Mesirow said he also is very excited about the thriving partnership with UBM's 4G World that will bring thought leadership and a significant showfloor presence to the event. He previously said, “As more international companies begin to deploy 4G networks, they look to the U.S. to learn from our experts and influencers throughout the mobile ecosystem.”

In addition, CTIA recently announced a partnership with National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that is launching its own Design and Construction Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 4–6, 2014. The associations have agreed to cross-market each other's event and share content. Mesirow noted that the move reflects the growing integration of wireless products into homes.

In the meantime, things were moving right along on the CTIA showfloor. Exhibitor Monty Barlow, with UK-based Cambridge Consultants, noted steady traffic and said that with 70 percent of the company's wireless business being in the US, the show is a great place to touch base with partners. But it also opens new opportunities, especially in the fast-growing medical tech field. "We met people here we wouldn’t have met in Spain or other shows around the world,” Barlow said.

Attendee Pratik Dhrona, with Canada-based Wirelessworks Solutions Ltd.. came to find testing solutions and found an impressive choice. He noted that as hardware prices continue to drop, features such as the amount of memory and camera specifications become more important to consumers.

"Brands are not as much of a factor as they used to be," Drohna said. "A lot of carries are looking to launch products from second and third-tier manufacturers as everyone is looking for ways to keep the costs down." He said he is excited about the new event next year and hopes that it will create an even more dynamic mobile marketplace.

CTIA Super Mobility Week is coming Sept. 9-11, 2014, to Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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