Touted as the industry-leading trade show, CeBIT will open its doors to almost half-a-million visitors next week. 

And, although floor space is down 10%, the Hannover show is still big enough to call itself the largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments.
Celebrating its coming of age this year (the show opened in 1986, so 2007 marks its 21st birthday), CeBIT has proved itself flexible enough to change with the market.
At the 2007 exhibition, visitors will be able to more easily plan their participation, with exhibitors grouped into areas of special interest.
These include forums devoted to SMEs, Linux, security and IT law, outsourcing solutions, DMS, SOA (service-oriented architecture), CRM (customer relationship management), business intelligence, content management, human resources, mobile computing, wireless networking, enterprise networking, digital imaging, convergence and the digital lifestyle, public sector, and future technologies.
Last year 433 000 visitors attended the exibition 4 300 of them hailed from Africa.