International Telecoms Week is a widely attended and eagerly anticipated annual event. As with many events this spring, ITW 2020 transitioned from in-person to fully virtual. It’s quickly becoming the new normal.
Despite the new format, the goals of the event remain the same since the first conference in 2000. ITW aims to bring the carrier, data center, software, hardware, internet application, and investment communities together.
NJFX was pleased to announce CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is the latest communications service provider to establish a presence at the CLS campus. CenturyLink offers an extensive global fiber network including approximately 450,000 route miles of fiber and a network serving customers around the world, providing secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses. CenturyLink’s expansion into NJFX offers its customers more options to connect and leverage cutting-edge services.
During ITW, NJFX team members participated in a JSA virtual roundtable bringing the telecommunications infrastructure community up to date on all the latest happenings at NJFX. Highlights include NJFX’s effort to bring millennials and digital natives into the infrastructure side of telecommunications.
NJFX Founder and CEO Gil Santaliz participated in a virtual session entitled “Community: Subsea” along with Andy Bax, COO of Seaborn Networks; Ian Clarke, VP Global Submarine Sales at Ciena; and Laureen Cook, executive TMT adviser at Extelcon. The focus was on the latest transatlantic cable projects, which are entering a renewal phase. This new phase is being powered by new business models, including investment by OTTs, along with technological advances that could open up new routes.
Santaliz added that content, streaming and broadcasting players leading the charge for new levels of connectivity are helping to enable the current (virtual) state of affairs stating, “If I’m not there, I want to feel like I’m there, and broadcasting lets me do that. You need that connectivity to make that work.”