ACA Connects – Dates TBD
America’s Communications Association represents nearly 700 small and medium-sized independent operators comprised of cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities. It’s postponed its 27th annual March convention in Washington, D.C. due to the coronavirus.
The show was to have taken place March 17-19. Instead, the event will be postponed. Polka did not have a date when the summit would be rescheduled, but said ACA Connects would announce one as soon as possible.
AGL – April Event Cancelled
AGL announced the cancellation of their April 9 Summit in Atlanta. President and COO of AGL, Rick Heilbrunn, said after monitoring the state of Covid-19 the consensus was the risk to the attendees to the event was considered very low. “Nevertheless,” Heilbrunn said, “we would like to make sure we take the best action pertaining to it and maintain sensitivity to our attendees, speakers, and vendors.”
“With the government recommendations in mind, we will be postponing our Atlanta Summit, originally planned for April 9, 2020,” he said. “Before we made our final decision, we reached out to our summit partners and received important feedback. This feedback has determined our final decision to reschedule our upcoming summit.”
Heilbrunn said once they have confirmation of the exact dates for the new AGL Atlanta Summit, they will post their decision.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 – Rescheduled for August 10-12, 2020
Based on currently available information, and with the best interests of its members, exhibitors, attendees and the global community in mind, the AUVSI Board of Directors said it made the “difficult but necessary” decision to postpone AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020. It’s working on shifting the the event to a more suitable time-frame and has tentatively identified the dates of August 10-12 for the 2020 show.
“Please be advised however, that AUVSI’s current plans to conduct XPONENTIAL 2020 this August may change, given how rapidly the COVID-19 situation is evolving and whether further measures will need to be instituted to stem the spread of COVID-19, since your health, well-being and safety are our top priority,” states the board. “We will provide updates on our progress as additional information becomes available.”
Edge Europe 2020 – Rescheduled for June 2-4, 2020
Edge Europe 2020 has relocated to Monaco. BroadGroup the producers of Edge Europe, due to take place in Frankfurt/Mainz on March 26, has made the decision to relocate the event to the Datacloud Global Congress, Monaco, June 2-4,2020. A statement from BroadGroup Media:
“After close consultation with our customers and partners we have taken the decision to postpone Edge Europe and integrate the event into the Edge Forum day at Datacloud Global, in Monaco, June 2-4,” commented Philip Low, Chairman, BroadGroup.
“By integrating into the Edge Forum on June 2, we aim to make the transition for our audience, sponsors and speakers as smooth as possible and deliver an event which brings together the entire ecosystem of the Edge and datacentre sector ensuring even wider exposure is given to this emerging critical market.
This decision has been taken in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak – the health of our customers, partners and team is of paramount importance and our planned approach will provide the best way for Broadgroup to serve its market at this time of unprecedented volatility.”
IWCE – Dates TBD
Iconic industry conference organizer IWCE announced the cancellation of its upcoming March 30-April 2 trade show in Las Vegas. Stephanie McCall, IWCE Show Director, said, “after close consultation with our partners in the industry, we have made the difficult decision to postpone IWCE 2020. With the rapidly developing circumstances and in light of corporate travel considerations continuing to escalate, we’ve worked as quickly as possible to explore our options. The intention is to announce a new date shortly. Exhibitors and attendees will be contacted with further information regarding booth contracts and registrations.”
McCall said attendees will automatically have their registration transferred to the rescheduled event. She directed those with questions and concerns to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org where they will try to respond within 48 hours, although expected heavy volume could delay that further. “For exhibitors and sponsors, we will transfer your program to the future event,” McCall said. “Your Account Manager will be reaching out personally in the next few days to discuss your immediate questions. We continue to work diligently to ensure all details are buttoned down and we thank you for your patience.”
Mobile World Congress Barcelona – Event Cancelled
MWC Barcelona is an annual trade show organized by GSMA, dedicated primarily to the mobile communications industry. The event, cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
NAB – Date TBD
One of the largest and longest running trade industry events, the NAB Show, nearing a century of continuous service to the broadcast industry, has postponed its upcoming conference. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith yesterday issued the following letter to attendees regarding plans for the event in light of coronavirus concerns:
“Keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus,” Smith said. “We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.”
The event typically draws more than 90,000 attendees. It was planned for Saturday, April 18, through Wednesday, April 22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
NEDAS Boston Symposium – Rescheduled for July 14, 2020
The NEDAS Boston Symposium scheduled for April 16, 2020, has been rescheduled to July 14, 2020, due to health concerns presented by the coronavirus.
“The safety of our NEDAS community is paramount. We are optimistic that the new date will allow for time for the virus to be contained and normal business operations will resume,” said NEDAS President Ilissa Miller. “We are aware of some corporate and government travel policies hindering people from committing to participate. If your company institutes a policy that precludes you from attending NEDAS Boston in July, please let us know,” Miller said. She’s available via email to answer any questions.
Small Cells World Summit – Rescheduled for September 29-30, 2020
The Small Cells World Summit slated for May 12-13 in London has been canceled and the event is being rescheduled for September 29-30, 2020 at the same venue, Novotel London West.
Event planners issued the following statement: “Following feedback from an ever-increasing number of member companies now facing travel bans as a result of the spread of COVID-19, the SCF Executive Board have made the decision to reschedule Small Cells World Summit, which will now be held September 29-30, 2020, at the same venue in London. We have been keen to make this decision in advance to avoid cancelling closer to the event and impacting on people’s travel and paid bookings. We can confirm our current sponsors are fully supportive of this development and will be joining us in September. We are confident these new dates will enable more delegates to attend and benefit from the multiple networking and learning opportunities available.”
South Wireless Summit – Dates TBD
The South Wireless Summit planned for March 16-18, in Nashville, has been cancelled with plans to reschedule the conference for this summer. The Summit is a joint effort by state wireless associations in AL, AR/OK, NC/SC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN and TX. The group issued the following statement:
“With the recent activity of COVID-19 and the closure of numerous college campuses (including Vanderbilt in Nashville), as well as various company travel bans, the South Wireless Summit is being postponed. We are working with all our venues to reschedule for this summer – dates will be provided to everyone as soon as they are confirmed. All sponsorships, fees and paid entries into the Summit will be transferred to the rescheduled event.
This decision was not an easy one to make, but we understand if we were to proceed with the event, many of our sponsors, speakers, and attendees wouldn’t be able to attend, thus causing the event to be non-productive or serve our wireless community. New dates will be sent out to everyone as soon as they are confirmed,” the statement read.
STAC 2020 – Dates TBD
The STAC 2020 Conference & Exhibition, scheduled to open March 31, in Vancouver, has been postponed due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. CWTA and the STAC Steering Committee issued an announcement Thursday saying they will be working to determine a make-up date and clarify the refund policy in the coming weeks. A further update to attendees will be communicated as soon as possible.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, stayed tuned in the weeks ahead for further updates,” Nick Kyonka, STAC Program Director.
ITU Reschedules Key Conferences – Details Below
Given the global COVID-19 outbreak, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its partners have decided to postpone the dates for four upcoming meetings. The World Information Society Forum was originally set for April, and will now run from August 31 to September 4. The AI for Good Global Summit was originally slated for May, and will now take place from September 21 to 25. Both events will take place at the same venue – the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Open only to representatives of member states, sector members and to chairmen and vice-chairmen of study groups, the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group originally scheduled to be held from March 24 to 27, is postponed until June 2 to 5. Likewise, the 17th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium, originally planned for April 15 to 17, will also be postponed and new dates will be communicated shortly. The dates and venue for the Global Symposium for Regulators (September 1 – 3) remain unchanged.
The Swiss government put into effect a ban on large-scale events which involve more than 1,000 people. The ban is slated to last until March at the earliest and the upcoming weeks are uncertain at best, according to the ITU. In response, ITU and its partners are proactively shifting event dates.
Wireless Connect – Rescheduled for September 3, 2020
Wireless Connect 2020 at the University of Maryland has been postponed to September 3, due to the coronavirus. UMD is one of more than 100 universities shifting to online instruction, USA Today reported. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday banned gatherings of 250 or more people.
The event is organized by the Wireless Connect team and co-hosted by TSAN, the Telecommunications Students and Alumni Network of the University of Maryland and the MD-DC Wireless Association. Current registration and sponsorships will be honored at the September event, according to a notice from organizers.
WISPAMERICA – Will be a virtual show. More details to follow.
WISPAMERICA, which was to take place today through March 20th in Dallas, is cancelled. The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association said the in-person event was cancelled, “due to the evolving nature of the coronavirus and concern for the safety of our attendees. In its place, WISPAMERICA 2020 will be a virtual show. Details will be forthcoming soon.” Organizers said the event would have hosted over 1,000 attendees and exhibitors.