Reality sets in at ECOC

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By Danny Sullivan

So my first impressions from ECOC yesterday were slightly tempered after spending today walking the floor and talking to the exhibitors.

The “sold out” line I used yesterday was addressed by more than a few people I spoke to, and has apparently been a bit contrived by limiting the space available to exhibitors. And when I said it seemed “busy,” several exhibitors told me they felt that booth traffic has been pretty quiet so far.

Nonetheless, the quality of traffic was something that was universally praised. Lots of good meetings seem to have been held, and some encouraging prospects had emerged for a lot of the U.K. and Canadian companies I spoke to.

An industry insider told me it was encouraging to see some spending in the telecoms sector again, especially in Europe where a number of build-outs are planned. The access market was pinpointed as the area with the best prospects in the current climate.

As a veteran of the Scottish optoelectronics sector told me, “The market is recovering, but slowly.” And long may it continue.

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