Exhibitors Gear Up for Recharged COMNET 2003; Event Will Sport New Look, New Companies and New Spotlight Areas

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 29, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that ADTRAN, Foundry Networks, Graybar and many other leading IT networking and communications companies will exhibit their products and services at the upcoming COMNET Conference & Expo. The industry's newest innovations will make their debut for COMNET's audience of IT leaders at the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., January 28-30, 2003.


COMNET Conference & Expo is the largest East Coast event to focus on the most pressing issues in enterprise communications networking. IDG World Expo designed the educational and exhibit content of COMNET 2003 to help attendees make informed technology decisions to drive their businesses today and prepare for an increasingly unpredictable future.

To celebrate its 25th year, COMNET 2003 will unveil a new look with new content to give participants a more customized event experience. This year's COMNET will include a revamped floor plan in preparation for the event's future home in the new Washington Convention Center, as well as a variety of new features, including spotlight areas on the show floor for security, Web services, storage and wireless infrastructure. Real-world case studies and demonstrations on these focused topics will take place in presentation theaters located in each spotlight area.

In addition to veteran exhibitors such as ADTRAN, Foundry Networks and Graybar, COMNET will welcome a number of new companies on the exhibit floor, including Celite Systems, Centauri Networked Video, Ipsum Networks and Nortec.

Other companies on board for COMNET 2003 include:

Agilent Technologies


Canoga Perkins

Canon USA

CommWorks Corp.

Equinox Systems

F5 Networks

Fluke Networks

IXIA Communications

Knurr, Inc.


Larscom, Inc.

Metrobility Optical Systems

OPNET Technologies


Rittal Corporation

Rose Electronics


Teltronics Inc.

Transition Networks

Tyco Electronics

Vocal Data

Walker and Associates, Inc.

"As event producers, we realize the importance of constantly evolving with the industry to remain fresh and contemporary," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO, IDG World Expo. "Today's IT leaders are looking for an event that will demonstrate practical solutions for the present, while showcasing the newest innovations that will help them get noticed in the future. COMNET 2003 will offer both."

For ongoing updates on show highlights, as well as a complete exhibitor list, visit the COMNET 2003 Web site at http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2003

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is a catalyst for buyers and sellers in the communications networking industry to connect with the newest technologies and meet the experts driving the industry to a prosperous future. COMNET empowers network executives, service providers, carriers, suppliers/resellers and government agencies to make informed technology decisions for their network infrastructure at the beginning of each year. COMNET 2003 is a prime opportunity to learn from successful implementations of new technologies, with a special focus on security, web services, storage and wireless infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.