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Last week, members of the LightRiver team traveled to Chicago for one of the biggest and busiest events of the year – International Telecoms Week (ITW). The four days were packed with meetings, presentations (kudos to our CTO Dean Campbell for enriching minds during our lunch event with Ciena and Global Capacity!), networking events, a JSA TV interview and connecting with old and new friends. We always come home a little worn out, but it’s well worth it!

To get an idea of the size and scope of the event – ITW provides a platform for 6,771 delegates from 1,989 companies and more than 140 countries. Obviously, that makes it one of the best opportunities during the year to get in front of as many people with our message.

This year we spent a good deal of time talking to partners (and potential partners) about all things Factory Built Network® (FBN), which is our proprietary turn-key process, serving as a predictable and proven methodology of deploying complex telecommunications networks. We also discussed some of the exciting work we are doing for utilities all over the U.S., as well as the hot topics of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Some of the other important topics that were discussed included cybersecurity, which is always top of mind, the need for carriers to evolve with changing technology, connecting smart cities, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These represent trends that are fundamentally changing our industry, and it is always worthwhile to use ITW as a chance to discuss them with a wide range of experts and decision-makers.

We will attend a couple more important events in June, before there’s a little midsummer lull. We will be at NANOG 70 in Bellevue, Washington, June 5 to 7, then will attend Telecom Exchange (TEX) in New York June 20-21. If you are attending either of these events, drop us a note at

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