This story has been updated to include commment from PCIA, which stated that its decision to move its fall show in 2014 was not related to CTIA.
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA) today announced that it will be moving its annual fall show to the spring in 2014.
According to a press release, PCIA's has moved its fall show, which will take place October 7-10 in 2013, to May 19-22 in 2014. Next year's even will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Tim House, PCIA vice president of external Relations, said in a statement that the organzation's commitment has always been to provide the highest quality experience to attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
“The spring time frame provides distance from multiple fall industry events, offering attendees and exhibitors a unique opportunity to learn from each other and conduct business in an uncluttered environment,” House said.
The move comes after CTIA in January announced plans to merge its spring and fall shows, creating what the association is referring to as a “super” mobile industry trade show.
Beginning in 2014, CTIA will combine the best of its CTIA Wireless show, which is focused on technology and consumer electronics and its recently rebranded fall show, MobileCON, with an emphasis on mobile IT solutions. The result will be a larger mobile show that will take place Sept. 9, 10 & 11 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.
At the time of CTIA's annoucnement, the Competitive Cellular Association (CCA), formerly the Rural Cellular Assocation, suggested that CTIA's timing for its new show couldn't have been worse, as it overlaps with the CCA's annual convention, which was also slated for Las vegas.
Eric Graham, senior vice president of strategic relations at C Spire, which is a member of the CCA, said in a statement that it was "either an incredible coincidence that CTIA scheduled an event 20 months from now on top of CCA’s Annual Convention, or it is CTIA finally admitting, like its two largest members, that it cannot beat its competition on the merits."
CTIA and CCA have since reached an agreement of cooperation. The two associations are now partnering, saying that the conflicting dates are an opportunity for conference attendees to get two different perspectives on the industry. CCA and CTIA will offer shuttle service between the two shows in 2014 and will be mutually promoting the shows as partners.
PCIA did not mention in its press release that its move to a spring show has anything to do with CTIA's future plans.