The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Canada’s wireless telecommunications sector is in a major funk and it was no more apparent than at last week’s EXPOCOMM Canada Communications 2002 conference in Toronto. The country’s "premier" wireless, telecom and Internet conference and trade show was as busy as downtown Ottawa on a statutory holiday – a dozen or so foreign tourists strolling through the barren streets wondering where all the hustle and bustle was. The trade show floor, which is usually filled with at least a handful of lavishly designed booths outfitted with the latest in high-tech gear, was described by some as a "near ghost town." It almost appeared as though there were as many people working in the booths as there were people visiting them. Last minute cancellations by Lucent Technologies, Nokia and others didn’t help. Aisles seemed as large as the eight-lane Gardner Expressway. The usual deafening chatter of the floor was barely a murmur. The traditional freebies handed out by exhibitors this year amounted to fly swatters, window scrapers, pens and lots of candy. (At least the leftover Halloween candy was put to good use.) Sauntering through the aisles of the trade show floor, it was clearly apparent that the industry has fallen to unplumbed depths. Many of the industry mainstays opted out of booths this year. Nortel Networks was nowhere to been seen. Nokia, which offered flotation devices last year and a fashion show two years ago, wasn’t there either. Even George Cope, president and CEO of Telus Mobility, remarked, "I knew the industry was in a downturn, but I didn’t know it was this low." It’s understandable why Microcell Telecommunications opted out of a booth. But where were Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless? There is probably no clear answer for that other than the lack of perceived value of the trade show. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom at the conference. Motorola and Audiovox announced a new gamut of neat and cool devices, while Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility unveiled partnership agreements. Despite these announcements, there still seemed to be more talk about the "booth bunnies" who may have left a more indelible impression than anything else at the conference and trade show.