WiMAX World USA 2007 to Draw Record Attendance

Trendsmedia, the Events and Publishing Division of Yankee Group, announced that it expects the WiMAX World Conference & Expo to be the largest WiMAX-focused event ever held. WiMAX World USA will be held September 25-27, 2007 at the McCormick Center in Chicago, IL.

“We are extremely pleased with the support that WiMAX World has received to date,” said Eliot Weinman, conference founder and co-chair, and president of Trendsmedia. “Now in our fourth year, WiMAX World USA is the must attend event in the industry. We have already registered over 1,700 attendees, and expect that over 6,000 WiMAX ecosystem players, including operators, service providers, solution providers, end users, industry analysts and media will converge at this event in September.”

This year’s event features more than 230 exhibitors and sponsors. The three-day WiMAX World conference program features participation by virtually all major WiMAX players, including more than 35 WiMAX operators and over 180 thought-provoking speakers.

This year’s event will focus on three key WiMAX themes: Mobility, the WiMAX Ecosystem and Digital Cities:

  • Mobility: Why WiMAX is poised to transform the mobile Internet experience and when.
  • WiMAX Ecosystem: How vendors, service providers and governments around the world are working together to create the WiMAX ecosystem of the future.
  • Digital Cities: How municipalities are turning to WiMAX to overcome the digital divide between fixed broadband and WiFi.

According to Berge Ayvazian, conference co-chair and chief strategy officer of Yankee Group, “Independent research studies have projected that over the next four to five years, the WiMAX market will comprise between 5 to 10% of the overall worldwide telecommunications marketplace. The growth in the WiMAX market is clearly reflected in the increase in size of this year’s event.”

Among the anticipated event highlights at WiMAX World USA is the Mobile Broadband Executive Summit, which will showcase the key players in the emerging Mobile Internet ecosystem. This year, roundtable discussions and presentations will feature many of the industry’s leading service providers, product vendors, analysts, and WiMAX users, who will educate attendees on issues relating to the adoption and evolution of mobile broadband in today’s global market. Presenters include Sprint, Cisco, MobiTV, Towerstream and Ericsson.

In addition, the WiMAX Solutions Theater will be located on the WiMAX World exhibition floor during expo hours on September 26-27. This dedicated solutions stage will feature product briefings from 15 of the world’s leading solution providers, enabling attendees to evaluate competing technologies in an educational setting.

“WiMAX technology is coming of age and WiMAX World USA provides a unique opportunity for the entire WiMAX community to come together, collaborate and share insights into new developments and advances in technology that are propelling this important market,” continued Weinman.

Motorola is the official corporate host. The flagship service provider sponsor is Sprint. Premier sponsors include Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Intel, Nortel and Samsung. The premier Mobile Broadband Executive Summit sponsor is Nortel.

About WiMAX World Conference & Expo
Now in our fourth year, WiMAX World Conference & Expo is the largest global event series focused on WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World Conference & Expo is dedicated to providing a balanced view of where WiMAX stands today and what role it will play in the future of one of the fastest-growing market segments in the world — wireless and mobile broadband. In 2006, over 7,000 professionals attended WiMAX World in the USA and Europe. In 2007, WiMAX World is produced in Asia, Europe and the USA and will draw over 10,000 people and 300+ sponsors and exhibitors.

About Trendsmedia
Trendsmedia is the events and publishing division of Yankee Group Research, Inc. Our mission is to help our clients stay ahead of the major technology trends that are likely to impact their businesses significantly. Trendsmedia provides their clients with independently researched and produced media products that target emerging technology markets in depth, including focused conferences, independently produced online media, and in-depth newsletters and market intelligence studies.