Today’s networks are increasingly driven by the end user. And as IT’s role shifts from focusing on day-to-day network operations and maintenance to spearheading more strategic, business-driving initiatives, enterprises need to be fully aware of the opportunities presented by paradigms like BYOD and concepts like cloud computing. Taking advantage of these opportunities requires a deep understanding of the existing network and user base as well as the perspective to identify which network elements should be kept in place, which should be right-sized and which should be replaced with more optimal solutions.

What Network Considerations Does IT Need to Make?

  • Who are the end users and what do they need – today and in the future?
  • Which applications or capabilities are required for growth?
  • Which parts of the existing infrastructure are worth keeping?
  • What is the growth trajectory in terms of products, geographies, M&A, etc.?

Bandwidth intensive applications, device-enabled user bases and the rise of solutions like the cloud and SD-WAN present IT with more sophisticated decisions to make when optimizing their networks. Gone are the days when optimum network performance meant getting data from A to B – now it’s about transferring data in a way that meets user expectations. To accomplish this, many enterprises benefit from an objective assessment of their network and wide view of potential solutions that meet connectivity and reliability requirements without sacrificing security or scalability.

For a detailed look at your telecom networks and how they relate to your wider infrastructure and organizational goals, talk with a connectivity specialist at NEF today.

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SD-WAN technology enables enterprises to manage overlay directly to cloud destinations, increasing productivity and business velocity. Learn more about how NEF can empower your business with SD-WAN solutions that optimize your network and drive business growth.


As companies race to the cloud, the demand for scalable and latency-sensitive infrastructures has risen dramatically. VPLS offers total control of IP routing so IT teams are enabled to respond to varying levels of demand and change rather quickly. Discover how NEF brings your company the collected experience of thousands of projects to create seamless connectivity and an optimal end-user experience.

Dark Fiber

Dark fiber is best suited for customers with high bandwidth requirements running applications that may be latency-sensitive. Collaborate with an impartial resource like NEF to tailor a dark fiber network, ensuring alignment with current and future business goals.

Managed “Lit” Services

Managed or “lit” services are a viable option for companies looking to add bandwidth without taxing their internal IT team. For many enterprises, the process of identifying carriers and sourcing quotes is complicated by a limited view of solutions. Explore how NEF works with underlying fiber providers to determine which carriers have the right network availability for a variety of locations.


As IP traffic increases and user trends evolve, many IT teams are turning to more cost-effective network deployment options comprised of leaner inventories. Keeping pace with IP trends requires a big-picture perspective of how networks operate in today’s ever-changing IT landscape. Learn more about how NEF can optimize your business’s network to meet end-user demands and deployment requirements,

Network Asset Inventory

See the latest fiber network inventory from around the U.S. or explore joint build opportunities for fiber and infrastructure projects.

Dark Fiber 101

Many IT professionals are familiar with dark fiber but may not fully understand how a private optical network can be used to improve their network connectivity. Hospitals, universities and tech companies are turning to dark fiber more than ever before, but there are other organizations that can realize the considerable benefits of dark fiber as well. Key considerations are the cost savings over lit services, virtually unlimited bandwidth, flexibility and scalability.

In Dark Fiber 101: An Informational Resource, you’ll find information, examples and answers to questions you may have about this increasingly useful and cost-efficient resource. Inside this guide, you will find…

Case Studies
Dark Fiber’s Benefits and Drawbacks
Types of Providers
Fiber Characteristics
The Accounting Impact of Fiber Lease vs. IRU
Read this informational resource and learn how dark fiber



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