As Founder & CEO of NJFX, Gil Santaliz’ innovative approach to thinking outside traditional telecom partnerships and network architecture has led him to establish NJFX, a unique offering that impacts global communications. Previously, as the founder of a metro fiber network, 4Connections LLC, Gil realized there was a lack of route diversity for carriers. A single point of connection means a single point of failure, and Gil knew this was a problem that needed solving. Gil later sold 4Connections to Cablevision, which is now owned by Altice.
Santaliz is a member of the Submarine Networks EMEA 2020 and the PTC Advisory Council. Santaliz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
How can telecommunication technologies help humanity?
Our world today is interconnected in ways we never dreamed of 20 years ago. The collective networks of the telecommunications industry are the basis for everything from our social to business communications and do so machine-to-machine. An ecosystem of interdependent but highly interconnected networks is needed for our financial, personal and business safety, and beyond to our global environment. The telecom industry’s commitments to quality, innovation, and resilience are key tenets to impacting real change globally.
How can corporations and researchers best serve the next generation?
The telecommunications industry needs to find ways to successfully recruit, mentor, and educate the next generation of leaders. An understanding of the industry’s history is essential to implement the changes needed to continue to improve the foundation for global and local connectivity.
What new apps would be a game-changer in the next five (5) years?
IoT and machine-to-machine transactions will revolutionize society. Enhanced security will be paramount and technologies such as blockchain could be the answer.
What value does PTC hold for you/your company?
PTC is exciting for NJFX, as well as for our industry as a whole. PTC’s Annual Conference represents the telecommunications’ industry kick off to each year and sets the tone for the year ahead.
What would you share with those interested in becoming a PTC Member?
PTC is a society of vested professionals that collaborate to know and grow the world’s global communications infrastructure. It’s a must-participate for organizations across the globe.
What advice would you share with current and future graduates interested in this field?
The telecommunications industry is highly dynamic and ever-changing. It is a great place in which to invest your career and allows for an environment for not only exercising creativity and collaboration but also a rewarding way to drive results and impact change.
What industry mogul or up-and-coming leader have you followed or are currently following, and why?
Hunter Newby has been an icon and continues to affect positive change in the industry.
NJFX owns/operates a 64,800 square foot purpose-built Tier 3 Cable Landing Station (CLS) colocation facility and 58-acre campus in Wall, NJ. This unique campus is the only carrier-neutral CLS colocation campus in the U.S. supported by several route-independent carriers that offer direct access to multiple independent subsea cable systems interconnecting North America, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. The facility offers direct access to TGN1, TGN2, and Seabras. The building is the subsea cable landing of HAVFRUE/AEC2 this year, as well as Wall-LI in the future. High and low-density colocation solutions are available with 24/7 support.
For more information, please visit www.njfx.net.
PTC would like to congratulate NJFX for their selection as a finalist for the PTC Awards 2020 Shortlist.