Ben Edmond is the CEO and founder of Connected2Fiber. Prior to founding Connected2Fiber, Mr. Edmond served as the chief revenue officer at Global Capacity, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s customer go-to-market strategy and execution. Mr. Edmond has over 20 years of experience in the fiber, telecom, and networking industries, encompassing broad expertise in the areas of executive leadership, strategy, customer experience, sales, marketing, and operations.
How can telecommunication technologies help humanity?
Empowering people, businesses, government entities, and educational organizations with access to reliable information and the ability to easily connect are critical to progress. The information and connectivity that are delivered by telecom technologies can work to lift billions out of poverty, enable commerce to create new jobs and opportunities, and change how governments support humanity – from transportation to healthcare, and more. Connectivity is the foundation of digital transformation and will continue to positively impact how humanity flourishes on this planet.
What network-related development will have the greatest impact in our industry?
For organizations to most effectively sell, buy, or use connectivity in this day and age, there needs to be an easily accessible, location-based source of truth. So, Connected2Fiber created The Connected World, a purpose-built cloud platform that details and displays trusted, location-based insight, allowing users to automate their go-to-market processes around deal participation, account targeting, and product pricing.
The Connected World contains more than 100,000,000 unique locations actively tracked globally to provide an unmatched perspective on the market. The platform, offering built-in intelligence of over 4,000 networks globally, tracks more than 12,000,000 entities. It provides global ICT providers with the insight and applications needed to scale growth in 2020 and beyond.
Is it important for companies to continue to innovate their organization or offerings, and why?
It is indeed important for companies – particularly in this industry – to continue to innovate both in and outside of their organizations. In telecom, we have a tremendous opportunity to continually change the industry for the better. Businesses that innovate increase their ability to scale efficiently and creatively. Companies like Connected2Fiber continue to reinvent technology models and help the connectivity industry to best manage their total addressable market and gain precision, perspective, and automation to drive growth initiatives and participate in the digital transformation going on above the connectivity stack. By continuing to innovate technologies, best practices, company methods, etc., companies increase their value multiple times over.
What value does PTC hold for you/your company?
PTC is an incredible organization that fosters growth, conversation, and industry-wide action to better our world through communication. The PTC Annual Conference is one of the most important investments for Connected2Fiber, allowing our team to engage, listen, and learn from other PTC Members and other event attendees.
What would you share with those interested in becoming a PTC Member?
PTC should indeed be one of the top targeted membership organizations to join as a telecommunications or information technology company and/or professional. We strongly advocate PTC Membership, as PTC offers access to the right companies with the right people (industry thought leaders, partners, and prospects) in a forum that’s designed to enable members and create a collaborative ecosystem that pushes the industry forward.
What advice would you share with current and future graduates interested in this field?
Focus on the innovation that is inspired by the evolving telecommunications industry and how that innovation can empower the industry from within. Ultimately, success in this field is not just about great technology advancements, but instead learning about and listening to the people, customers, and companies affected by the industry. Make those connections to understand what the industry needs and how we can work together to achieve our collective goals.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I have lived in many places around the world – from Singapore to Boston. I have traveled around the globe and love to explore new cities and meet new people wherever I go.
Connected2Fiber is the Industry Cloud for Connectivity, providing authoritative, location-based insight, and applications to network sellers and buyers. The Connected World, Connected2Fiber’s flagship platform, details and displays deep, trusted location-based insight and empowers users to leverage that insight to automate go-to-market processes around deal participation, account targeting, and product pricing.