SCTE May Move Cable-Tec Expo Back To Spring


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is considering moving Cable-Tec Expo back to sometime in the spring, after shifting in 2009 to the fall to align with other industry events, CED magazine reported.

SCTE officials declined to comment.

The professional association is considering the change in order to make sure the products launched at Cable-Tec Expo are "relevant" for cable operators' budget cycles, and to avoid "tripping over other shows," according to an industry source with knowledge of SCTE's internal discussions.

Historically, Cable-Tec Expo had been held in June, after first being staged in May 1983.

Cable-Tec Expo attendance has suffered from the move to the fall, first made in 2009 in Denver, designed to combine cable industry events into two, weeklong clusters dubbed Cable Connection.

The 2009 conference drew 9,000 -- down from 11,000 in June of the prior year in Philadelphia -- falling to 8,200 in 2010 in New Orleans before rising last year to about 10,000 in Atlanta.

This year's Cable-Tec Expo will be Oct. 17-19 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center, the same week as the 2012 CTAM Summit (Oct. 14-16 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort).

In 2013, Cable-Tec Expo is set to be held in New Orleans, while in 2014 it is slated for Denver.

In an interview last October, SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said that when the conference takes place in the Mile High City it won't be "during snow season" -- a reference to the blizzard in 2009 that disrupted travel plans for Expo and CTAM Summit attendees.