Connectivity Ecosystems, the Evolution of the Cable Landing Station and Nurturing Next-Gen Telecom Pros

Gil Santaliz


June 16, 2021

NJFX’s Gil Santaliz recently joined JSA’s Jaymie Scotto Cutaia and tech influencer Evan Kirstel to talk about bringing a new generation of telecom pros into the industry, what motivates him and how he envisions his company will innovate for the future.

Gil’s story starts with an idea sparked more than two decades ago, about making New Jersey a true disaster recovery site for Lower Manhattan.

OTT’s like Facebook and Google have realized the shortcomings of what to do when landing a cable. In the past, everything landed in Long Island, New Jersey and all went back to a central location in lower Manhattan. We learned quickly in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy that’s a disaster waiting to happen. The OTTs have made investments like the one in our building and they have an open policy. We have future-proofed how communications work.” – Gil Santaliz, Founder/CEO, NJFX 


There’s no question that Gil likes to get creative with solutions. He knows technology is changing every day and it’s the industry’s job to just keep up. It’s why he empowers his team to grow, learn and try innovative things. And it’s why his team at NJFX is built on trust and a get-it-done attitude. Gil chooses colleagues that he knows will do what it takes to make the business successful, both by working across the team and alongside their peers. If a potential team member has those qualities, Gil says he can always teach them the business. Core values that define NJFX cannot be taught and must be inherent in whoever he brings on board.

Gil says that is one of the reasons he likes to nurture young talent. While Gil understands, NJFX may be one of the many stepping stones in a young person’s career, he finds satisfaction in being a part of their learning and journey. While under his wing, he expects his team to give it their all, learn from the ground up, and innovate new solutions for customers.

To learn more about NJFX, and its carrier-neutral offerings, watch the full interview here or listen to the podcast now.


About NJFX:

NJFX is a Tier 3 Carrier Neutral Cable Landing Station campus. Our colocation ecosystem has expanded to over 35 network operators offering flexibility, reliability, and security. Our Wall, NJ location provides direct access to multiple subsea cable systems giving our carriers diverse connectivity solutions and offers direct interconnection without recurring cross-connect fees.

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