The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' flagship Cable-Tec Expo had its biggest turnout in three years, attracting more than 10,000 attendees to the conference and exposition at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center this week.
Attendance at the Nov. 15-17 event was up more than 24% from the 2010 Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans (which drew 8,200) and up over the 9,000 attendees in 2009 in Denver. This year, international attendance was up 21% and more than 200 engineering and operations professionals -- twice the anticipated number -- registered for a pre-conference Capacity Management Symposium on Monday, Nov. 14. The show had nearly 400 exhibitors, an increase of 8% over last year.
SCTE credited an expanded program of educational sessions and technology exhibits for the bump, although the fact that Cable-Tec Expo wasn't scheduled the same week as the CTAM Summit -- as was the case the two previous years -- likely helped as well.
"Throughout our planning for Cable-Tec Expo 2011, we listened closely to feedback from the operator and vendor communities," SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said in a statement. "We believe the increased attendance this year speaks volumes about the value of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo as a forum for technical learning and knowledge sharing for the entire industry."
The enhanced agenda for Cable-Tec Expo 2011 included sessions with Cox Communications president Pat Esser and Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, as well as a panel discussion with CTOs from top MSOs in the opening general session. The show featured more than 70 individual workshop presentations, with special show-floor exhibits including the Green Pavilion and the Spotlight Pavilion on Next-Generation Video Architectures.
The 2011 event also included sessions in conjunction with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and hosted the first meeting of SCTE's newly formed Central European Chapter.
Next year's Cable-Tec Expo will be conducted Oct. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the same week as the 2012 CTAM Summit (Oct. 14-16 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort). Jim Ludington, executive vice president, Network National Operations for Time Warner Cable, will serve as Program Committee chairman for the 2012 event.