MobileCON and CTIA show combine for one major trade show set for September 9th-11th in Las Vegas.
The Wireless Association has announced that the CTIA show and MobileCON will join forces in 2014 to create one “super” mobile show, which will take place in Las Vegas from September 9th-11th.
CTIA 2014 will aim to comprise the core assets of both the CTIA show and MobileCON, providing an ideal platform for all companies in the wireless ecosystem to converge upon for networking conducting their business.
"The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centres on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn't existed among the current shows, which is why CTIA 2014 will be unique,” explained Rob Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. “The mobile revolution is positively affecting nearly every industry, such as M2M, connected home, media and advertising, money and global consumer electronics, and CTIA 2014 will serve as a worthy platform to showcase those companies and individuals that are leading this charge and will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a part of this innovative industry, In addition, the timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season."
A number of strategic partnerships designed to expand the show’s offerings and opportunities are expected to be announced by CTIA in the coming weeks and months. Furthermore, the fruits of such partnerships are likely to play a pivotal role in creating a weeklong programme of business and professional development opportunities.
Initial feedback following the announcement has been largely positive, with several carriers, device manufacturers, retailers and app developers stating their excitement at the prospect of s new “super” show.
Fared Adib, senior vice president of Product Development and Operations, Sprint, commented: "As Sprint and the wireless industry are helping other sectors improve the way they do business and their customer relationships, we needed a trade show where we can showcase our offerings and capabilities, from consumer to healthcare to the connected home, at one place. CTIA 2014 will play a key role in our company's plans for announcing the latest innovative products and services."
Meanwhile, Angel Ruiz, president and CEO, Ericsson, said: "CTIA's decision to consolidate the wireless shows is exactly what the industry needed. CTIA 2014 takes the best from the specialized shows while bringing all of the right people together at the same time and place so everyone's time can be optimised."
CTIA will continue to host CTIA 2013 and MobileCON 2013 separately, while incorporating super show programmes as a taste of what’s to come in 2014.