Internet Telecom Expo Enjoys Successful Launch; First-Time CMP Event Draws More Than 10,000 Attendees

PRNewswire
NEW YORK
Oct 24, 2000

CMP Media Inc. today announced results from Internet Telecom Expo 2000, held from September 19 - 21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 10,855 registered exhibit hall attendees saw the latest product and services offerings from 160 high-tech exhibitors. More than 500 paid conference delegates attended the four Internet Telecom and eTV world conference programs. According to an on-site survey performed by Market Perspectives, 50% of attendees hold management positions in their organizations and 82% of the attendees plan to purchase IT products and services exhibited at the show. Internet Telecom Expo 2000 is the first event to address the convergence of voice, data and the Internet.

Hundreds of the industry's most innovative voice, data and Internet solutions were demonstrated on the show floor. These included Voice-over-IP (VoP), Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Application Service Providers (ASPs), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), IP Telephony Gateways, Web-Enabled Call Centers, Next Generation Networks, Communication Controllers, and Wireless. More than 60 new product and service announcements were made by exhibitors during this three-day event.

"The debut of Internet Telecom Expo was a resounding success," explained Simon Cooper, Executive Director for Events in CMP's Converging Communications Group. "With the revolutionary changes going on in communications, we recognized the need to provide a venue like this to bring together buyers and sellers. The products and services on display represent unprecedented business opportunities that many attendees first learned about here. Based on the numbers and the enthusiastic response of exhibitors, attendees, delegates, and the media next year's Internet Telecom Expo should be even bigger and better."

"The reception has been really great," said Michael Metcalf, CEO of Sound Advantage, an exhibiting company. "The quality and amount of clients that have visited the booth has been phenomenal. We've been able to hook up with several major industry players and initiate several major contracts that are worth multiple millions of dollars for us."

In addition to the attendees and exhibitors at the show, Internet Telecom Expo 2000 attracted more than 250 members of the media, including representatives from MSNBC, Bloomberg (TV & Radio), CNN FN, CNN, Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Business 2.0, Wired, Forbes, Conferenza.com, dozens of CMP publications and ZDNet.

"The response has been outstanding," said Steve Schniederman, Senior Vice President in CMP's Converging Communications Group. "The exhibitors believed in us and brought their sales messages here to New York. And we provided a great venue for them and brought the qualified buyers here. Attendees learned how the converging technology solutions demonstrated and taught in our conferences could improve their business operations, customer relations and bottom line."

"It's always great to see such a tremendous turnout for a debut event," added Gary Marshall, President of CMP Media. "Internet Telecom Expo illustrates CMP's continuing commitment to be the premier information technology resource in the world. As these technologies continue to evolve and redefine the way business is done, we will continue to provide the media to deliver vendors' messages."

  Internet Telecom Expo 2000 included:
  -- A complete three-day educational conference program highlighting
     emerging technologies, case studies, and tutorials from industry
     experts. According to the Market Perspectives onsite survey, a
     phenomenal 95% of conference delegates would recommend the program to a
     colleague.
  -- Daily keynotes, presented by top executives from leading companies such
     as AT&T Wireless Group, Cisco Systems, and Dialogic Corporation.
  -- A diverse schedule of evening panels including:
     -- The Finance and Investment Roundtable entitled "The Internet and
        Telecom: Still the Darlings of Wall Street?"
     -- The Network Magazine ISP Carrier Survey Panel Discussion entitled
        "Gripes of the Network Manager: Can Today's Providers Meet
        Tomorrow's Demands?"
     -- The Service Provider Research Panel Discussion entitled "Landmark
        Research Revealed: Where Is Global Communications Moving?"
     -- Networking receptions sponsored by Veritas, NY Business Forum,
        Network Magazine, and tele.com magazine.

"Thanks and congratulations to the folks at CMP for a terrific show!" said Elaine Stathakis, Chief Operating Officer of Quicknet Technologies, Inc., an exhibitor and Expo Sponsor. "Internet Telecom Expo 2000 in New York exceeded our expectations. Our booth was packed from before the show opened each day until well after closing. We even had people trying our products during tear down! We got hundreds of great, qualified leads and signed up over 12 new International dealers at the show. See you next year."

Internet Telecom Expo 2000, "Where Telecommunications and the Internet Meet - the New World of Open Communications," was supported by media sponsors that represent the universe of voice and data convergence buyers, makers, channels, and service providers. Media sponsors included the leading publications in the industry, such as: Computer Telephony Magazine, Teleconnect, Call Center Magazine, tele.com, InternetWeek, VARBusiness, Network Magazine, Network Computing, InformationWeek, Wireless Week, Wall Street & Technology, and CRN.

About CMP Media, Inc.

CMP Media Inc. (http://www.cmpnet.com/) is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and consulting. Online editions of the company's converging communications group print publications, along with products and services created exclusively for the Internet, can be found on CommWeb at http://www.commweb.com/.

SOURCE: CMP Media Inc.

Contact: Clark DesSoye of Internet Telecom Expo, 917-305-3358,
cdessoye@cmp.com; or Glenn Steinberg of Springboard Communications,
732-863-1900, gsteinberg@springboardpr.com

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