CeBIT is the world's leading trade show for solutions, products and services from all areas of IT and telecommunications.
In 2006, CeBIT's twentieth anniversary, the show's 6,262 exhibiting companies, more than half of which were non-German, reported having closed 20 percent more deals than in 2005. After years of conservative spending, CeBIT 2006 indicated that small and medium-sized businesses are back to investing significantly in IT and telecommunications products and services.
CeBIT 2006 attracted 450,000 attendeesapproximately 85 percent of whom were industry professionals and one-third of whom came from outside Germany. The jump in attendance from the Americas was particularly gratifying. Attendance from North America was up 28 percent, and attendance from South and Central America increased 38 percent. The turnout from European countries such as Austria, France and Sweden also experienced an upswing.