COMPTEL Reports Highest Attendance in Two Years

The COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2007 Convention & EXPO in Las Vegas opened to higher attendance and greater activity than the show has seen in two years.

The show is really taking off, said Earl Comstock, president and CEO of COMPTEL, in his opening remarks. More than 2,400 people had registered to attend and 130-plus exhibitors were on the trade show floor.

Sherm Henderson, chairman of the COMPTEL board, praised members for sticking with the association through the tough times. The persistence paid off, he said, noting telecom was Wall Streets top sector in 2006. We are really coming back as an industry, he said.

As evidence, Henderson said, 22 investment bankers were roaming the COMPTEL floors. Its an incredible number, he said.

People in the exhibit hall felt the same energy.

I appreciated the deal center. I had meetings every 30 minutes, said Suzanne Bowen, CEO of DIDXchange, a wholesale provider for carriers to buy and sell DID numbers. Another COMPTEL attendee overheard one of Bowens discussions at the deal center and pressed for a meeting with her on the spot. We like COMPTEL a lot, Bowen said.

People are actually looking to buy, said Bart Daily, director of sales for SinglePipe Communications, adding attendees know which products they want and are asking for them specifically. They did their homework, he said. Weve had less traffic but the quality of the traffic is really good.

Diana Dreyer, wholesale support specialist for INDATELgroup, a COMPTEL sponsor, also reported high-quality traffic. Weve had really good inquiries, she said.

In the hall, there were some familiar names, but some, such as show sponsor Level 3 Communications Inc., were in bigger booths. Following its acquisition spree, the company has an expanded portfolio of services including wholesale access, metro Ethernet and voice services its peddling. NEON Communications Inc., also a show sponsor, was talking about its new metro Ethernet offer as well.

Along with a range of new products to learn about, attendees also had a chance to win some great swag. Show sponsor INDATELgroup, for example, is drawing for a Wii game console. And show sponsor GeoResults, a first-time exhibitor, is drawing for gambling chips. For those lead foots in the crowd, Alltel, a racing sponsor, brought out a simulated racing car. And attendees could sit back and shoot hoops at Sandy Beaches booth.

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