Originally posted to NEDAS

No matter where an enterprise sits in terms of industry vertical or size, most entities nowadays are depending on strong, high-bandwidth connectivity as a cornerstone of contemporary and digital business. With end users and customers looking for quick, easy and accessible service, digital means are providing the best path forward for delivering ultimate value. As a result, when choosing a headquarters or operating location, most businesses look to real estate landlords to provide the high-bandwidth connectivity they need. However, as adoption of emerging technologies spreads and 5G draws nearer, much of the real estate industry needs to reassess how it is delivering its capabilities. As some landlords seemingly fall farther behind the curve, this begs the question: do landlords really care about connectivity? 

Focusing on collaboration, education and exploration at the intersection of wireless and wireline, the 2019 NEDAS NYC Summit delivered a panel about the critical relationship and progression of connectivity management in real estate. The panel was moderated by Rich Berliner, Founder and Publisher for FifthGen Media, and featured speakers Saleem Baksh, VP of IT for Silverstein Properties, Inc., and Robb Napolitano, CIO of The Brooksville Company.  

To begin the conversation, Baksh acknowledged that yes, landlords clearly do need to integrate connectivity for tenants and do care about delivering this capability. He cites a trajectory that leads toward converged networks and a shift in mindset from a focus on internal infrastructure support to offering connectivity assistance to tenants as driving factors. Baksh adds that landlords need to be able to provide on-the-fly VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) and other services on short timelines for changing needs. Looking down the road, technology and cybersecurity are main components of expanding this connectivity, with the key being building in the technology on the back end so tenants can be supported.

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