There will be no Big Easy after all for cable techies this year.
To avoid conflicting with IBC2013, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has rescheduled 2013 Cable-Tec Expo for Oct. 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Originally, this year’s Expo had been scheduled for Sept. 18-20, 2013, in New Orleans. SCTE concluded that was cutting it too close to IBC2013 in Amsterdam, which is slated for Sept. 12-17.
“SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the IBC conference and exposition in Amsterdam are the two must-attend fall events for cable executives,” SCTE president and CEO Mark Dzuban said in announcing the change. “Rather than force participants and attendees to divide their focuses between two events and two continents, we’ve taken a flexible approach that puts the needs of the industry first.”
IBC had set its 2013 show dates by last summer. Asked why SCTE took several months to reschedule Cable-Tec Expo, Dzuban said in a statement: “We needed to evaluate the impact of the overlap, seek alternative venues that could accommodate a show of Expo’s size on short notice, and ultimately work things out with both New Orleans and Atlanta.”
SCTE historically held its flagship Cable-Tec Expo in June, but in 2009 moved to October in Denver to accommodate the cable industry’s attempts to consolidate events into two weeklong clusters, dubbed Cable Connection. In 2010, Expo was in New Orleans followed by Atlanta in 2011 and Orlando, Fla., last year.
In 2011, CTAM Summit split off from co-locating with SCTE's Expo, but the two synchronized again last year; then last November, CTAM said it will discontinue the marketing conference. SCTE has decided to stick with early fall for Cable-Tec Expo so it doesn’t bump up against spring conferences such as the NCTA’s Cable Show and ANGA Cable in Germany.
Last year’s Expo in Orlando, Fla., drew 9,200 attendees, down from more than 10,000 in Atlanta the year prior. Kevin Hart, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Cox Communications, is program committee chairman for the 2013 Cable-Tec Expo.