There was a time, at the height of the technology boom, that Atlanta served as a technological showcase for the South with various tradeshows and tech events.

One of the biggest starts its final southern appearance next week.

SuperComm 2003 opens Sunday and ends on Thursday. The organizers have cited the technology slump and declining attendance as among the reasons for ending SuperComm in Atlanta. SuperComm moves to Chicago next year.

Atlanta also lost NetWorld+ Interop/Comdex, which had its 12th convention in Atlanta last year.

Hot topics for Atlanta’s last SuperComm include broadband services, Wi-Fi and mobile technology.

The worldwide telecommunications and technology conference takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the United States Telecom Association (USTA) and the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) will conduct free and paid seminars, executive forum workshops, and other presentations.

David Dorman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T, will deliver the opening keynote address on Monday morning.

Other panel discussions and presentations include:

“Global Communications Directions — The Road to Innovative Services and Infrastructure”

“Information Security — Large Enterprise Imperatives and Solutions”

“Cable Has It All”

“Wireless — Data and Video on the Move”

“Broadband Applications — Driving the Economic Recovery”

“Communications Strategies for Success — Positioning for Recovery”

“Broadband Services — ILEC Compelling Plans”

“Broadband Networks — Opportunities and Success Factors”

“New Strategies for Communications Success”

“Mobile Data and Internet — The Quantum Leap”

“Conquering the Communications Frontier”

For event information and schedule, visit: www.supercomm2002.com/schedule.cfm