Geneva, Anyone?

2:30 PM -- For the past few months I've been asking industry folk whether they're heading to the ITU Telecom World 2009 event in Geneva (October 5-9).

With only one or two exceptions, the answer has been "No," followed by an incredulous, "Are you?"

Well, yes, I am, and according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , there are due to be around 39,999 other warm bodies at the event, including trade visitors, speakers, delegations, media and analysts, exhibition staff, and hangers-on. (See ITU Chief Defends Telecom World Event.)

So who else is going? Sure, there are some big names attending -- China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL), China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) -- but that's pretty much it for the big hitters.

So please let me know in the message boards below if you're heading to the Swiss city for the ITU event, and why. I'm intrigued to know the motivation.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our dedicated ITU Telecom World 2009 microsite, which pulls together all the pre-, during, and post-show news, views, blogs, pictures, and chatter related to the show in one neat, easy-to-find package.

Check it out -- it's got an aesthetically pleasing blue color scheme!

I'm expecting a heavy focus on the impact of mobile broadband, the potential for stimulus package-induced fixed broadband (globally), IT service developments like cloud computing, and application development strategies.

I'm not expecting to report much in the way of parties -- 1999 this ain't! But if you know of any, please do share the details: Four days in Geneva needs breaking up somehow, and I'm not going to the Irish bar...

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

drewcwsj 12/5/2012 | 3:56:02 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

Unfortunately being a startup company in these trying financial teams means I can't afford the time or expense associated with a "European Vacation". In fact we have even suspended our ITU dues until we get funded. Per my State Department contact the ITU has been hit hard over this downturn.

I do see a lot of value in what the ITU is doing for Telecom standards and hope to be an active member again soon. Now if only I could find a VC that believed in something other than Facebook/Twitter and iPhone Apps....


Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:55:59 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone? I haven't heard about this recently.

Hmmm... guess it's not 1999 anymore, huh.
Piers 12/5/2012 | 3:55:58 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

Wouldn't miss it for anything...

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:55:58 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone? Piers, you are part of the deal, non? Isn't that clause 7? "No Piers, no Telecom"? See you in the hangers...
Piers 12/5/2012 | 3:55:57 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

And I'm surprised you remembered Bo Diddley at all -- after what happened with Bjorn Again earlier that evening...

Happy days. See you there!

marc_goofy 12/5/2012 | 3:55:56 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

Although I'd would love attending after a 10 years break - I've been of booth duty for HP/Agilent Technologies in 1999, after visiting Telecom Geneva in 1991 and 1995 - to see what's up in the Industry those days, I won't walk into the Palexpo this year.

Two reasons: 1) the cost of travel - even for us French people, staying 2 or 3 days in Switzerland is quite an expense; and 2) the idea of doing B2B only. The Telecom World is a world per itself. It doesn't TALK to the End-User, means you and me as a person.

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:55:55 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

the cost of travel - even for us French people, staying 2 or 3 days in Switzerland is quite an expense;

I assume that you are traveling from greater Paris, so I'm a little surprised by your statement.  I suppose it means the travel budgets have truly been slashed?  or have hotel prices in Geneve become unreasonable? 

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:55:51 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone? Stevery - your comment suggests that hotel prices were, at some point, reasonable in Geneva. That may have been in the 1890s...

It seems that the ITU is set to suffer from a combination of empty wallets and apathy.

klross2 12/5/2012 | 3:55:50 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone?

If the baseball season's over, why go?

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:55:41 PM
re: Geneva, Anyone? That's what I call a message board posting "out of left field..."
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