Q&A: Gil Santaliz, founder and managing director, NJFX

Capacity speaks to Gil Santaliz, founder and managing director of NJFX, about its key developments within the Caribbean in the past year and how it plans to provide customers with alternative options to connect.

What have been NJFX's key highlights in the Caribbean in the past year? 

Over the past year, the subsea cable industry has experienced substantial growth. Witnessing this trend, NJFX recognised an investment opportunity and focussed our energy on transatlantic subsea cable system interconnection within the data center.

Throughout 2015, NJFX teamed up with key industry players including Tata Communications and Windstream to provide a full PoP in Wall New Jersey with Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), carrier-grade Ethernet and 100G capacity on unique routes between Ashburn and New Jersey, bypassing congested network paths.

Currently, NJFX interconnects with Europe and Latin America; however this year, we are exploring opportunities throughout the Caribbean.  We hope that 2016 will prove to be a year of expansion as we grow to provide enhanced international connectivity in the Caribbean region.

How will NJFX seek to enable operators to have more control of their networks in the coming year?

As we provide unique, open routes, NJFX will generate an opportunity for operators to experience faster, more reliable and more effective means of connecting. By being nimble and taking advantage of new routes, we plan to offer enhanced international access to the places our customers want to go.

How will NJFX aim to stay ahead of its competitors in the market in the coming year?

As many routes between metro markets remain congested, creating bottlenecks, NJFX breaks from the pack and offers customers unique options to connect.  We are dedicated to providing strategic, connectivity-rich deployments through interconnection via the NJFX Meet-Me Room (MMR) at the Tata Communications’ Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Wall, New Jersey.  Metro markets will only become denser with the deployment of small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and metro Wi-Fi in 2016, and NJFX is developing new routes for enhanced connectivity, providing a unique experience for those looking to connect in North America, Latin America, Europe, and soon, the Caribbean.

What do you hope to achieve by attending Capacity Caribbean in 2016?

As we prepare for expansion into the Caribbean, this event provides the necessary platform to further explore opportunities and catch up with other industry professionals on a global level.  We hope to provide an important announcement concerning the Caribbean in the very near future, and look forward to the opportunity to share it with the Capacity Caribbean community.

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