On Episode 17 of NEDAS Live! Where Wireline and Wireless Meet, a podcast program produced by NEDAS, the featured guest Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi Networks shares insights about his company, 5G network deployments, new network designs, his thoughts on IoT and much more.
For readers not familiar, NEDAS is a grassroots association focusing on issues at the intersection of wireline and wireless, examining ways to improve communications infrastructure. Podcast hosts Ilissa Miller, President of NEDAS and CEO of iMiller Public Relations, and Steve Yapsuga, Co-Chair of NEDAS and Director of Sales for the Eastern U.S. at Comba Telecom, discuss and explore innovative technology solutions with industry experts – episode 17 is no different.
So how did the pandemic affect ZenFi Networks? The company took about a month or two to adjust to the new working conditions (Zoom meetings, remote working) and when they did, they began to thrive in the Work from Home (WFH) environment.
As a result of the pandemic, ZenFi also observed shifts in business demands. Ray shares ZenFi Network’s ability to adapt by focusing more on mobile infrastructure deployments – primarily supporting mobile operators with a fiber network, distributed colocation, and outdoor antenna locations. An indicator that this direction is of growing importance, Ray comments about the company’s ability to observe, in real-time, customer mobile traffic transitioning from Manhattan to the outer boroughs as people stopped commuting into the city and set up their home offices.
When it comes to the pandemic’s impact on higher education, Ray is expecting a shift from a central business network infrastructure to a more distributed connectivity solution. ZenFi Networks has seen a transition from fiber-centric to cloud-centric needs for their enterprise clients as well as a surge in residential areas (as more and more people set up to work from home). A key driving shift is the ongoing demand of enterprise network solutions to data centers where interconnectivity is fortified and enabled more directly.
At the first-ever NEDAS Virtual Symposium, taking place September 8-10, 2020, Ray will be giving a keynote about the company’s emerging network infrastructure solutions which expands on the company’s ‘horizontal tower’ model. This reimagining of today’s network infrastructure architecture provides a 5G ready solution that can support the ongoing enablement and demands underway and in earnest by hungry data users.
Speaking of demands, Ray opiniones on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how 5G deployments will spur a new generation of innovative technology solutions. So tune in folks!
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