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Decisive Publishing’s CommsDay USA newsletter hit inboxes for the first time last week, putting a US-centric spin on the already successful CommsDay formula.
 
Speaking to Influencing, publisher Grahame Lynch said that it was a natural move to launch CommsDay USA, given his prior experience in the US market.
 
“I was director of a bunch of telecom magazines including America's Network and Wireless Americas based out of California a few years back,” said Lynch. “But I have always kept an eye on the market and American vendors such as Cisco, Juniper and Adtran are an important part of our event sponsor base. Likewise about 5% of the readers for the ANZ edition already are American based.”
 
The USA edition also draws on the experience of seasoned telecoms writer Mike Robuck who has been named as acting USA editor. Robuck’s accolades include a post at first ever magazine for ISPs in ‘Boardwatch’, and he has most recently held an editor role at the US telecoms website Light Reading.
 
If CommsDay USA sells well, Lynch says there is scope to scale up and add further US-based personnel, whilst the Australian newsletter will also benefit from more comprehensive US coverage when relevant.
 
As for further international editions of CommsDay, Lynch did not rule out the possibility.
 
“We've done Asian editions in the past but found they were hard to monetise, as there is less of a culture there of paying for B2B journalism and the ad market for English language vernacular is limited. The UK is a possibility but a more likely next step would be Canada if the US edition does well.”

For more info on CommsDay USA, visit www.commsday.com.

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