A smaller CeBIT?

More firms cancel

It won't be as dramatic as with Comdex in Las Vegas, where attendance this year was below even lowered expectations, but Europe's biggest ICT trade show CeBIT in Hanover is scaling down noticeably too.

According to German press reports, because of the economic downturn in Europe, many companies including Borland, HP, Oki and Toshiba will not be on the show floor next year, even though CeBIT still ranks as the world’s number one event for the ICT sector.

Fortunately, not all companies stay away. Alcatel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung and Sanyo will be present at the Hanover show, which starts March 18. Microsoft will take over HP’s stand in Hall 1, while Korean company Samsung will double its floor capacity. Panasonic too will use CeBIT to showcase its growing digital portfolio.

Deutsche Messe AG also announced the leading keynoters for its ICT World Forum, which explores the critical strategic issues facing the industry in the year ahead. Among them are Nokia's Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Silicon Graphics CEO Robert Bishop, France Telecom's Thierry Breton, Peoplesoft's Craig Conway and Patricia Russo from Lucent Technologies. ®