LONDON – August 31, 2022 – The Kenton Group announced today it has signed up to the LightRiver netFLEX® Partner Alliance enabling delivery of LightRiver’s Open Network Automation and Services portfolio. The partnership reinforces The Kenton Group’s ongoing commitment to enabling customers’ access to best in breed and highly innovative solutions. LightRiver’s unique open vendor management capabilities extend The Kenton Group portfolio further into the world of carrier SDN management.

Joining the netFLEX® program means LightRiver shall support The Kenton Group with its UK marketing and sales efforts including enablement training and lab access. The netFLEX® Connect Partner Alliance Program allows Kenton’s partners to be afforded deal protection, extended discounts and technical support where appropriate.

John Larkin, Managing Director of The Kenton Group said, “Customers are increasingly being forced to explore multi-vendor hardware supply strategies to keep their businesses resilient in these turbulent times. This adds complexity and builds technical debt spanning multiple teams.

LightRiver answers this challenge by providing a standardised abstracted view enabling visibility, test, control and automation toolsets removing significant delivery and operational costs in both time and money. The ability to deploy LightRiver quickly and efficiently across complex multi-vendor estates provides a compelling business case for many of our customers.

We identified LightRiver to be a comprehensive, powerful and multifaceted solution. Software, training and services combined to give us the confidence to invest in the relationship and we look forward to introducing them to our customers in the coming months.”

“Together with Kenton, we are excited to deliver practical automation to the UK and unleash the power of the next generation of open networking,” said Mike Jonas, President, Global Customer Operations at LightRiver. “Kenton’s Connectivity through innovation message is a perfect fit for our netFLEX solution and LightRiver’s overall philosophy, and we look forward to working with them to deliver best-in-breed networks that are open and scalable for their customer community.”


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About The Kenton Group

For over 40 years, The Kenton Group has been delivering network access, demarcation and connection products and solutions for Carriers, Operators, Service Providers, Enterprise and Government throughout the UK and EMEA.

Offering bespoke development for your unique requirements, either via in-house development teams, building products to your own specification, or utilising best in breed technologies from our vendor partners. The Kenton Group can offer design, delivery and 24×7 support of your network access requirements.

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About LightRiver

LightRiver is the premier provider of next generation, multi-vendor, Factory Built Networks® and netFLEX® vendor neutral, Optical Domain Control Software solutions. LightRiver is an expert in Packet Optical, DWDM/ROADM, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet systems and designs, engineers, commissions, automates and supports next generation, software controlled, transport networks for mission-critical clients that require the highest capacity, reliability, resiliency and manageability that today’s optical communications technology can deliver.

LightRiver is a portfolio company of Grain Management, LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based investment firm focused on the global communications sector, and delivers unique value with turnkey hardware and software solutions, carrier-grade quality and unparalleled customer care in multi-technology networking.

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