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connectivity for future tenants," Ray shared. "It was important
for wireless industry stakeholders to adequately convey the
importance of connectivity enablement in new real estate development. This consideration would help to future-proof new
buildings, and the presence of advanced fiber networks would
play a critical role."
Recognizing this need, Ray unveiled his latest venture in
2014, a new company called ZenFi Networks. With an exciting and innovative mission, ZenFi set out to bring fiber to
nearly every corner of New York City throughout all five boroughs for unprecedented wireless connectivity enablement.
Through the creation of ZenFi, Ray was focused on bridging
the gap between wireline and wireless networks via extensive
dark fiber routes.
"Leveraging an intimate knowledge of the city's existing
infrastructure, ZenFi has enabled the opportunity to interconnect tens of thousands of buildings throughout New York,
ensuring that building owners and operators have access to
the most sophisticated fiber networks available," explained
Ray. "In a market where real estate is highly competitive, it's
important to also deliver the most advanced services, including fast and reliable wireless connectivity."
The company achieved early success participating in multiple citywide projects that leverage ZenFi fiber and colocation facilities to connect thousands of locations by supporting
wireless technologies, including DAS, Small Cells and Wi-Fi
hot spots capable of delivering high capacity wireless links
within a radius as small as a city block. As a key underlying infrastructure player in these projects, ZenFi provides the
physical network in the form of fronthaul and backhaul fiber
to enable citywide wireless connectivity. Custom-built to support mobile network densification and increase bandwidth at
the edge, ZenFi is an optimal partner for these projects, able
to deliver highly flexible, customizable and scalable fiber solutions that enhance wireless carrier networks and enable the
Internet of Things (IoT).
"With the creation of ZenFi, we decided to re-enter the
fiber business by focusing on a new type of network for modern applications," said Ray. "During the Lexent Metro days,
the prime focus was on building neutral enterprise dark fiber infrastructure as a connectivity enabler. While ZenFi
remains a neutral provider, our efforts have moved toward
fiber-to-the-antenna to support mobile densification and advanced wireless connectivity throughout all of New York City,
both on street corners and in skyscrapers."
To learn more about ZenFi and its mission to enhance connectivity throughout New York, visit www.zenfi.com.
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