Last week, I was at Singapore for CommunicAsia 2008. I was there for 4 days (officially) with addition of 2 days (weekends) on my own.
It was a big event whereby countries like Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom and etc. participated and showcased their technologies. It is something similar like SMIDEX 2008 but multiply that with 10x. Practically, it was bigger and better and was held in Singapore Expo.
Companies such as Huawei, ZTE, LG, Samsung, Ericsson, Canon, Sony and many more were there for this major event.
Samsung was there to showcase their new phone, Samsung Omnia, while LG, which situated right across Samsung booth, was promoting their Black Label series. I managed to play with the Samsung Omnia and I was quite impressed with it. Apart of slight laggy-ness, Samsung Omnia will definitely be strong competitor for Apple iPhone 3G.
Having said about promoting and showcasing, there were no sales involved throughout the event. It was more about discussions between traders.
Besides, we took the effort to visit BT booth too. They were showcasing their latest product, BT Mosaic, which is quite impressive system for broadcasting industry. Yes. You heard it right. BT is into broadcasting too. According to the exhibitors, ASTRO were impressed too.
All in all, it was great event but we were slightly disappointed. As our purpose to attend this event is to scout for new innovative products, we (my colleagues and I) were hoping for more software-based rather than hardware-based products. However, we found out that 70% of the products are hardware solutions while the rest doesn’t really relate to what we are looking out for.