Launched in 2002 The Convergence Summit is the UK’s largest “comms trade” exhibition and conference. Mobility and Unified Communications are hot topics and so the mobile sector is firmly on the radar.
Convergence means different things to different people depending on where they sit in the marketplace. Fixed line resellers have been aware of convergence for some time now and VoIP is a well proven technology. Mobile VoIP is a bit newer and mobility and unified communications are the areas which bring the different channels (Voice, Mobile and Data) ever closer together. This year sees the launch of a new “Mobility Arena” at The Summit South offering a fantastic opportunity for mobile players.
Miles Bossom, new publisher of Mobile Business and organiser of “The Summit” events; “The Mobile sector is really throwing up some great opportunities to both fixed line resellers and mobile resellers looking to attack the B2B sector. As business consumers are looking to have all of their desk top applications at their fingertips, wherever they are, the Channel is being pushed harder by their customers to deliver a complete solution. This “value add” offers excellent opportunities to increase order values and the customer experience”.
Continuing “At this year’s Summit South (7/8 October – Sandown Park) there will be a great new feature area focussing on the opportunities that the mobile sector offers. Mobile is the last piece of the puzzle for many fixed line resellers but the mobile sector has different dynamics and there are some superb specialist mobile resellers that have been around a long time”.
“This new feature area offers the networks, distributors and manufacturers with a great platform from which to promote their products and services to existing mobile resellers and to new potential partners”
“In line with our “one size fits all” approach to exhibitions, stand size within the Mobility Arena will be limited to a single 3 x 3 metre shell scheme stand for vendors or a double shell scheme stand of 3 x 6 metres for distributors. This ensures that exhibitors compete on their market proposition rather than the size of their marketing budget. The formula has worked superbly for 7 years both for smaller players working on tight budgets and for some of the Worlds largest companies who want to participate without having to go over board simply because of their brand.”
In 2007 The Convergence Summit South attracted nearly 2000 attendees which is significantly more than at any other channel event. With over 40 leading companies already signed up including sponsors Tiscali, Oak Telecom, NEC and MTV and exhibitors including Blackberry, Brightpoint GB/HTC, Panasonic, Nimans, Microsoft and 2Ergo this year’s event is set to be the best ever!
High Profile Seminars and Panel Debates
Education is critical at a time when so much is happening within the industry. The free to attend seminars at The Summit are always well attended and the “Panel Debates” where industry experts discuss hot topics in front of an