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Justin Opie, portfolio communications director at Imark Communication, argued there was a need to clearly define the 2003 event.
"There is a small retail component to the show and for the purposes of clarity, we want to launch a separate event," he commented.
But the exhibitions will remain co-located and the Comms Dealer Expo will again run side by side with CTS, although there will be no through door between the halls.
The latest development comes after a lacklustre CTS in 2001 failed to capture the imagination of the industry, prompting Imark to co-run with Comms Dealer Expo this year.