ENR ranks Network Connex the #14 design firm in telecom sector

NETWORK CONNEX RANKS #14 ON ENR’S LIST

CHICAGO, IL, May 15, 2023 – Network Connex is proud to announce our prominent placement by Engineering News-Record. ENR ranked Network Connex as the #14 design firm within the Telecom sector. Network Connex continues to place in the top engineering firms since 2016 when our Professional Services division (previously known as Advantage Engineers) first appeared in the rankings.

Engineering News-Record is widely considered the design industry benchmark and annually ranks the 500 largest, US-based, public and privately held design firms based on design-specific revenue. Network Connex ranked #263 within the Top 500 Design Firms in all industries in 2023.

ABOUT ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD

Engineering News-Record (ENR) reports on the top design firms—both architects and engineers—and the top construction companies, projects in the United States, and projects around the world. Every year, they release their Top 500 Engineering Firms and Top 20 Telecom list.

ABOUT NETWORK CONNEX

Serving the telecom industry for more than 20 years, Network Connex accelerates the performance of fiber and wireless network service providers, data center operators, hyperscale cloud companies, cable MSOs, utilities, government entities, and Fortune 500 enterprises. We offer a full range of turnkey capabilities through seasoned professionals in all ranks to give our customers a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving markets. Our services include state-of-the-art design and engineering; wireless and fiber construction; fiber placement, testing, and acceptance; construction management; and integration. Network Connex has been a portfolio company of a fund managed by ORIX Capital Partners since June 2018.

 

 

Network Connex Showcases Services at Connect (X) and Data Center World

Network Connex Showcases Industry-Leading Digital Communications Infrastructure Services at Connect (X) and Data Center World

CHICAGO, IL, May 8, 2023 — Network Connex, a trusted leader in mission-critical digital communications infrastructure services, is pleased to announce it will be participating in two industry conferences: Connect (X) in New Orleans and Data Center World in Austin, TX. Connex (X) will explore next-generation technologies and the future of connectivity. Data Center World is the leading digital infrastructure event designed for data center professionals, technology business leaders, and innovators that are shaping the future of the digital industry. Both conferences provide opportunities for Network Connex to share its knowledge and breadth of industry expertise.

From May 8-10, Network Connex will be exhibiting at Connect (X) in booth 302, as well as participating in the program as speakers. On May 9, Doug Wittrock, Executive Vice President – South Region, is one of the speakers of the session: Planning for Supply Chain Constraints, which will focus on what enterprises can do to try to eliminate supply chain issues and prevent construction delays. Also on May 9, Greg Spraetz, Chief Revenue Officer, will be addressing Network Innovations-Fiber and CBRS/Private Cellular for Broadband and IoT as part of the Connected Cities Tour. In addition, Amanda Cahill, Sr. Director, Business Development, will be moderating Workforce Engagement in the Era of Generation Z and Beyond on May 9. She will also be speaking on a panel: Building a Diverse Workforce on May 10.

From May 9-11, National Technologies (NTI), a Network Connex Company, will be exhibiting at Data Center World in booth 541. Data Center World is the longest-running data center conference and expo, perfectly blending decades of experience with insight into today’s and tomorrow’s strategic issues. National Technologies (NTI) provides mission critical, end-to-end design and deployment services tailored to boost the performance and efficiency for Fiber Network Service Providers, Cable MSOs, Data Centers, and Wireless infrastructures.

About Network Connex

Network Connex brought together the expertise of Advantage Engineers, CCSI Networks, Fairhaven Integration Services, VERTICOM, and National Technologies (NTI) to leverage regional strengths, operational synergies, and expand our footprint to provide best-in-class, self-performing digital communications infrastructure services.

Our unique combination of industry-leading firms creates the most robust portfolio of end-to-end services for rapid, high-quality solution design, deployment, and implementation – providing our customers with a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving dynamic markets.

Connect with us at www.networkconnex.com.

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CEO Chris Larocca featured in Fierce Telecom article

Network Connex CEO, Chris Larocca, was recently featured in a Fierce Telecom article speaking about the current state of the labor market and the potential that customers struggle to secure capital or borrowing approval to carry out planned fiber expansions. Chris noted that despite the challenges of today’s economy, Network Connex revenue has been growing at 30-40% per year. Read the full article here.

Network Connex Expands Fiber Operations into the Pacific Northwest

Apr. 25, 2023, Chicago, IL — Network Connex, a leader in mission-critical digital communications infrastructure services, today announced that it has broadened its network communication service offerings into the Pacific Northwest. The company has expanded operations by adding new locations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and  plans to hire more than 80 new employees. Through this move, Network Connex is positioned to provide engineering expertise and aerial/underground fiber optic installation services throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“In the information age, the demand for faster and more dependable data transmission requires ever increasing bandwidth. As our customers’ needs and footprints evolve, we are continually deepening our capabilities and extending our reach with the most reliable and scalable end-to-end solutions,” said Network Connex President and CEO Christopher Larocca. “We look forward to the opportunity to serve the Pacific Northwest with our broad range of turnkey capabilities through our expanded fiber operations.”

Network Connex, along with its subsidiary National Technologies (NTI), is a leader in fiber optic installation, repair, and replacement and this expansion continues to deliver on its strategic plans to grow the company’s presence to provide best-in-class digital communications infrastructure services throughout the U.S. With expertise in every phase of digital infrastructure construction from engineering to fiber backbone installation, Network Connex’s outside plant (OSP) services will benefit network operators and end users across the region including those involved with federal Fiber to the Home (FTTH) initiatives. Network Connex has been a portfolio company of a fund managed by ORIX Capital Partners since June 2018.

About Network Connex

Serving the telecom industry for more than 20 years, Network Connex accelerates the performance of fiber and wireless network service providers, data center operators, hyperscale cloud companies, cable MSOs, utilities, government entities, and Fortune 500 enterprises. We offer a full range of turnkey capabilities through seasoned professionals in all ranks to provide our customers with a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving markets. Our services include state-of-the-art design and engineering; wireless and fiber construction; fiber placement, testing, and acceptance; construction management; and integration.

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Network Connex Boosts Aerial FTTH Installation Capabilities with Purchase of Fire Fox Aerial Fiber

CHICAGO, IL, Dec. 5, 2022 — Network Connex, a leader in mission-critical digital communications infrastructure services, announces the purchase of Fire Fox Aerial Fiber, further expanding the company’s aerial Fiber To The Home installation (FTTH) capabilities.

Today, rural residents are demanding access to higher broadband speeds necessary for work, education, and healthcare. BroadbandNow, a publisher of independent research on broadband in America, found that over 42 million rural residents lack high-speed internet. Fortunately, FTTH can now be expanded in rural and remote regions about two and a half times faster than usual by means of above-ground fiber optic cable. With aerial FTTH, residents can get faster internet and increased bandwidth resulting in improving the local economy, advancing remote e-learning, and accelerating digital inclusion.

“The purchase of Fire Fox supports our strategic growth plans to strengthen and expand our expertise in bringing fiber to the home across the country — including the many unserved and underserved rural areas. Rolling out aerial FTTH technology is a necessity to connect these rural communities,” said Doug Wittrock, Network Connex’s Executive Vice President. “As our customers’ needs evolve, we’re constantly enhancing and deepening our capabilities to meet their critical requirements with the most reliable and scalable end-to-end solutions.”

Aerial fiber cable is an optimal solution for network operators as it can be laid using the existing overhead telephone and power poles, saving construction costs and significantly shortening the construction period. In addition, aerial fiber can carry 10 times more data than copper and transmit information 400 times further and 10 times faster.

Founded in 2014 and based in Jones, Oklahoma, Fire Fox has more than 30 years of aggregate experience in OSP fiber construction with specialization in aerial fiber installation.

About Network Connex

Network Connex brought together the expertise of Advantage Engineers, CCSI Networks, Fairhaven Integration Services, National Technologies (NTI), and VERTICOM to leverage regional strengths, operational synergies, and expand our footprint to provide best-in-class, self-performing digital communications infrastructure services throughout the U.S. and globally.

Our unique combination of industry-leading firms and world class talent creates the most robust portfolio of end-to-end services for rapid, high-quality solution design, deployment, and implementation — providing our customers with a competitive edge in today’s rapidly evolving dynamic markets.

Connect with us at www.networkconnex.com.

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5G Talent Talk’s Interview with Chris Larocca

Experienced Executive to Head Human Resources

CHICAGO, IL, August 26, 2022 – Network Connex, a leader in building and maintaining critical digital infrastructure services for some of the world’s leading wireless, fiber, data center, cloud, and cable companies, is pleased to announce that Cristy Villazan has joined the Network Connex leadership team as our new Vice President of Human Resources. Cristy will be responsible for all HR functions across each Network Connex business.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to leverage my years of industry experience and leadership to help drive and support Network Connex and its operating companies’ thriving culture of talented people,” says Cristy Villazan.

Cristy brings over 25 years of leadership experience redefining employee relations to Network Connex through team building, operational efficiency, and a relentless focus on finding, growing, and retaining talent to drive cultural transformations.

Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Tradebe Environmental Services, where she directed all aspects of HR management to support US Operations. She oversaw business performance in 26 states and 900+ employees. Cristy has also successfully held leadership positions with Comcast, Spectrum, and Exelon.

“Cristy’s broad experience evaluating employment trends, enhancing talent acquisition and defining overall people strategies aligns with Network Connex’s relentless focus on being the industry leader. Great leadership starts with great people, and we are very excited to have Cristy join our executive team,” says Christopher Larocca, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

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Inside Towers Features Network Connex

CHICAGO, IL, June 1, 2022 – A trusted leader in communications infrastructure, Network Connex (formerly NTI Connect) provides best-in-class mission-critical network design and deployment solutions for the world’s most sophisticated networking and data infrastructure companies. The growing organization has developed an exceptional portfolio of clients and projects through a series of recent expansions and is poised to establish itself as a powerhouse in its industry.

Read the story on Inside Towers

Network Connex’s market share has been steadily expanding since its beginnings in 2015 when an investment firm purchased National Technologies (NTI), a young, Chicago-based deployment service provider of fiber optics and data center infrastructure. The company grew quickly, introducing its services to national fiber and hyperscale cloud providers in several large metropolitan areas throughout the country and began to acquire smaller companies that would broaden its offerings.

Over the next five years, Network Connex acquired CCSI Networks, Fairhaven Integration Services, VERTICOM, Precision Design Services and Advantage Engineers, allowing the network of operating companies to leverage all of their dynamic services across a broad national footprint to better serve customers’ needs.

Now, as a turnkey solutions provider, Network Connex offers a robust portfolio of end-to-end services across its expansive customer-base of data center operators, hyperscale cloud companies, wireless and network service providers, utilities, cable MSOs, government entities and Fortune 500 enterprises, in the U.S. and globally. Through an “in-house” team approach with a physical presence in all major U.S. markets, Network Connex’s customers receive rapid, high-quality solution deployment and implementation enabling them to maintain a competitive advantage in fast-paced, dynamic markets.

“The diversification of our operating companies mirrors the convergence of digital infrastructure that has occurred in recent years,” said Greg Spraetz, Chief Revenue Officer of Network Connex. “Through our operating companies, we self-perform a variety of communications infrastructure services in each of the markets that we serve while planning for future market expansion down the road.”

Today, Network Connex has upwards of 1,000 employees, located in major cities across the U.S. They are implementing common systems and driving towards common processes to achieve efficiencies and create a scalable platform to support growth.

“Behind the scenes, much progress has been made integrating systems and workflow management,” said Spraetz.

And expecting an influx of funding for broadband infrastructure and an expansion in the global data center market, Network Connex is undergoing a strategic brand consolidation to position their team and exceptional services for immediate growth and expansion.

“We see value in becoming integrated into one company,” Spraetz said. “Our customers will see the efficiencies, whether that’s operational cost, speed or high-quality deliverables and training.”

Network Connex will launch its brand consolidation at the end of 2022, transitioning all of its operating companies to the umbrella brand name, with the exception of the original entity which will be known as National Technologies (NTI), a Network Connex company.

With this new brand and operational foundation in place, Network Connex customers will enjoy a sustainable competitive advantage from a reliable, optimized network infrastructure company that is positioned for rapid response and future growth – all while adhering to the highest-level safety and data security standards in the industry.

For more information about Network Connex, visit https://www.networkconnex.com/.

By J. Sharpe Smith, Inside Towers Technology Editor

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Network Connex Ranks #9 on ENR’s List

CHICAGO, IL, May 12, 2022 – Network Connex is proud to announce our prominent placement by Engineering News-Record. ENR ranked Network Connex #9 within the Telecom sector. This boosts Network Connex and its operating companies up the ranks from #16 for 2021 and 2020 when our operating company Advantage Engineers received the prestigious award.

Engineering News-Record is widely considered the industry benchmark and annually ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. Network Connex ranked #231 on the Top 500 Design Firm list – up 93 places from Advantage Engineers’ ranking in 2021.

About Engineering News-Record

Engineering News-Record (ENR) reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies as well as projects in the United States and around the world. Every year, they release their Top 500 Engineering Firms and Top 20 Telecom list.

About Network Connex

Network Connex, through our operating companies, provides network design and implementation services along with a variety of engineering, design, deployment, and maintenance services in the communications infrastructure space for some of the world’s most sophisticated networking and data infrastructure companies. Email Info@NetworkConnex.com For more information.

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