Telecom Newsroom Interview with Rick Angelini, Director-Network Engineering and Implementation of ExteNet Systems

By Caroline Kurdej

As the Director of Network Engineering and Implementation at ExteNet Systems, Rick Angelini is an eight-year engineering and construction veteran in the outdoor DAS and small cell solutions industry sector, primarily serving the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Prior to joining ExteNet, Rick was the Director of Project Management for the Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) system, a 27,000-kilometer fiber cable system originating in the UK and terminating in Japan. Rick started his telecom career with New England Telephone in 1973, working in various departments, including engineering, construction, maintenance and installation.

Telecom Newsroom recently sat down with Rick to explore the present challenges existing in telecom, as well as the exciting opportunities on the horizon for the industry. He also discussed the importance of ExteNet System’s role as an innovator in technology solutions, network architecture and design. Rick will be sharing his knowledge as a speaker at the NEDAS Boston Symposium, taking place on July 18, 2018.

Telecom Newsroom, Caroline Kurdej (TN-CK) Question: How has the telecom industry changed in the past 12 months?

ExteNet Systems, Rick Angelini (ES-RA) Answer: Telecommunications networks in previous years have allowed us to cross the barriers of time and distance. Today’s new multimedia world  is allowing us to include vital physical cues within the information stream, introducing a physical reality into the world of electronic wireless communications, goods and services. This ultimately changes the way you may attend a class, see a doctor, watch a movie, get a date, shop for software, take a cruise, and stay in touch with loved ones. Simply put, today’s technology now changes your way and pace of life. In addition, the emergence of wearable technology has moved from trendy to must-have. To be truly useful, wearables will need to be aware of where you are and what you’re doing. Armed with this capability, they will be able to give you accurate information.

TN-CK Q: What do you predict will be the long-term impact of emerging technologies and trends implemented in the coming 12 months?

ES-RA A: No crystal ball here, but looking ahead I see more hyper-dense networks, increased network capacity, localized services, cutting edge functionality supporting IoT and real time applications, and finally, converged infrastructure capable of providing viable economics and integrated services.

TN-CK Q: How does technological innovation create competitive business advantages?

ES-RA A: In the business world, information and communication technologies enable enhanced efficiency and the creation of new business activities. No longer is the shopping trip to the local mall required, as just about all goods and services can be ordered from a handheld device. Businesses who embrace technology will prevail against their competitors.

TN-CK Q: NEDAS is a regional association. What do you look forward to most as a participant?

ES-RA A: The NEDAS mission statement is exactly what I look forward to in attending these events. “A positive, nonpartisan, invigorating environment in which local industry professionals can learn, discuss, debate, socialize, and collaborate with their peers and providing a forum for networking, public outreach, and education about the DAS and Small Cell industry.”

TN-CK Q: What are your company’s key differentiators?

ES-RA A: ExteNet Systems provides innovation in network architecture and design, technology solutions, and business models. Each customer has unique requirements, and we collectively work together to customize a solution that fits their needs.

TN-CK Q: What excites you about the future of the telecom industry in regards to wireless and wireline technologies and trends?

ES-RA A: As we move forward in the industry, the emergence of artificial intelligence and the role it will plays in the converged networks and how it affects our everyday routine.

TN-CK: Thank you for your time today, Rick. We look forward to seeing you at the NEDAS Boston Symposium on July 18, 2018!

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