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Globalcomm Wins 'Show Wars' Poll

Supercomm's immediate successor -- Globalcomm -- appears to already be top of mind in the telecom space.

Light Reading's Show Wars popularity poll is now closed, and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)’s Globalcomm has beaten the United States Telecom Association (USTA)’s TelecomNEXT by a 115-vote margin.

The poll ran for exactly one week and garnered 825 votes from a random assortment of Light Readers.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that TIA's Globalcomm show would be more popular, with more attendees, more exhibitors, and more buzz than its competitor.

The USTA's TelecomNEXT show grabbed the early lead, but the TIA must have been working the phones as it showed a big gain on Friday, then grabbed a commanding lead on Monday, before the poll closed (see LR Poll: USTA Takes Show Lead and Globalcomm Rallies in Show Poll).

Half of the poll's takers said they would only exhibit at Globalcomm next year. That compares to 37 percent who said they would give their allegiance to TelecomNEXT.

About 41 poll takers, however, said their companies would not exhibit at either show.

Of course, we still have about nine months before we can measure the accuracy of the Show Wars poll. The USTA's TelecomNEXT show will be March 19-23, 2006, in Las Vegas, and the TIA's Globalcomm show will be June 5-8, 2006, in Chicago.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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