I am really enthused about the market in general. As I leave Comptel, I spoke with many service providers who are excited about coming to ITEXPO in about a week and a half in LA to learn about how they can implement VoIP into their business plans to become competitive and to have a sustainable business model.
If anything it just motivates me more when I hear how people come to TMC expos and leave with valuable information they can implement in their businesses.
In this case the CLECs are struggling to come up with models that will launch them into the world of VoIP and in some cases video/triple play.
What is great about Comptel is the deal making. There is more networking in the hotel lobby and outside the exhibit hall than in. Much of the reason for this is that this event is primarily an association driven gathering.
Contrast this to ITEXPO where every show brings hoards of new buyers. Interestingly as the ITEXPO show has grown we are attracting more and more regular/repeat exhibitors meaning we are getting our share of industry insiders as well.
I suppose it comes with the territory.
I can’t wait for the show in week and a half.