- Cancellation blamed on coronavirus-inflicted restrictions on travel.
- 2022 dates to be announced in “coming weeks”.
Vodafone’s annual Arch Summit partner get-together has been cancelled for a second year running, due to difficulties related to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
The next edition of the Luxembourg event has been pushed back to 2022, according to the event’s website. Revised dates are to be released “in the coming weeks”.
The 2021 Summit was pencilled in for 27–28 October but Vodafone said ongoing uncertainty over whether travel restrictions would be lifted on time — coupled with the enormous logistical problems this could cause its main sponsors — meant it had no other option but to cancel.
On May 17, Luxembourg authorities extended international entry restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19 until at least June 30. This means travellers from most countries, including the UK, are prohibited, with only a handful of exceptions. Residents are advised to only leave their homes for essential purposes. Non-essential businesses are permitted to operate, so long as they adhere to social distancing requirements.
The event attracts delegates from across the telco’s supplier ecosystem. The last event in April 2019 attracted around 4,000 attendees.
Exhibitors from previous years include Accenture, Ciena, CommScope, Huawei Technologies, NETSCOUT, Nokia, and ZTE. The Summit usually features a startup contest, conference, and supplier award ceremony.
The Summit is hosted by Tomorrow Street, Vodafone’s innovation joint venture with state-owned incubation vehicle Technoport.