OCTOBER 4, 2006 -- The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) announced plans for NXTcomm, a single industry event that will replace both GLOBALCOMM and TelecomNEXT in 2007. The event will be held June 18-21, 2007, in Chicago.
NXTcomm represents "a single, much-needed industry venue that will serve as a gathering for where information technology and entertainment meet," according to a joint announcement. The organizations expect the show will again combine the strengths of both associations: TIA's representation of supplier and technology companies and USTelecom's representation of communications and entertainment companies.
"TIA is pleased to join forces once again with USTelecom to create NXTcomm," TIA President Matt Flanigan said. "Our organizations' members want one premier show. GLOBALCOMM and TelecomNEXT exhibitors want one premier show. The industry wants one premier show. And in June 2007, that one premier show arrives at Chicago's McCormick Place, when USTelecom and TIA unveil NXTcomm, the one venue to showcase the leading telecommunications companies in the new converged ICT industry who are merging communications and entertainment via innovations fueled by broadband deployment. By pooling our resources, our leadership, and our individual strengths into one collective force for the good of the industry, we can build on the successful legacies of SUPERCOMM, GLOBALCOMM, and TelecommNEXT and deliver the next generation show for our customers -- NXTcomm."
"NXTcomm will be about doing business -- about advancing an industry of central importance to the modern information economy -- and showcasing what's next across the colliding worlds of information, communications, and entertainment," said USTelecom President and CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr. "It is a new venue for a new world in communications and like our TIA counterparts, we at USTelecom are looking forward to a successful relationship and the introduction of NXTcomm to the world in June 2007."
NXTcomm will be a 50-50 ownership venture held in an independent company that will be overseen by a board of directors with equal representation from the two trade associations.
Las Vegas is being considered as a possible location for 2008.