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Capacity goes virtual with next week’s New York WAN Summit

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Capacity is making next week’s WAN Summit in New York all-virtual, because of concerns about coronavirus.

The online event, which will begin at 10:00am New York time on Tuesday, is not a replacement for the live event, which will be rescheduled, but is designed to provide extra value to customers.

“We’re giving our customers actual, valuable content about the WAN business,” said Ros Irving, CEO of Capacity Media. “We really value our customers and believe in the purpose of the event.”

In an official statement, Capacity said: “Due to the Covid-19 situation globally and within the United States, we regret to announce that we have taken the decision to postpone WAN Summit New York to a new date later in the year.

“This is not a decision we are taking lightly – but the health of the WAN Summit’s customers and partners is of paramount importance, as is of course providing value for all the participants who take time out of their schedules to attend. We will announce a new date as soon as we can.”

Martina Höllbacher, product manager of the event, said: “We’re looking forward to providing our customers with great content from fabulous enterprises – something we and they care about.” People can sign up for the online WAN Summit here

The virtual event will include a presentation from TeleGeography, Capacity’s partner in the WAN series of events, on the state of the market. Online delegates will also hear about how well networks can cater for the new stresses that are being placed on them thanks to the Covid-19 virus.

“We are showing our customers that we need to be brave,” said Irving. “We want to give our customers real value so that they can have trust in us. The market for live events will come back.” 

Meanwhile Capacity Latam is taking place as normal next week in São Paulo, Brazil, starting at the Sheraton São Paulo on Monday. 

Speakers at the online WAN Summit include Leonard Bernstein of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Michael Wynston of Fiserv Technology Services, Michael Martin of McKinsey and Company, Ciaran Roche of Coevolve, Lindsay Newell of Nuage Networks and John Isch of Orange Business Services.

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