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Telecom pros light up expo

400 eager to network, visit 100 Grand Wayne exhibits


Wade Blevins is always a little wired this time of year.

A conference with more than 400 telecommunications professionals will do that to you.

“This is my second year, and it’s a great atmosphere because all of the people we want to meet are here,” said Blevins, senior account manager with api digital of Huntsville, Ala. “If you’re at a hotel and your Internet isn’t working, the hotel is going to call us. Our motto is ‘Problem solved.’ ”

Blevins is participating in the Midwest Telecom Expo at Grand Wayne Center. Vendors began setting up Tuesday for the event that runs through Thursday. About 100 exhibits will be on display.

The 31st annual expo includes discussions on topics like broadband and enterprise business networking. Attendance at the expo comes from exhibitors who pay for display space. Sponsors include Farmers Union Insurance of Denver, Genband of Frisco, Texas, and London-based Metaswitch Networks.

Michael Golob is senior vice president of engineering and technology for Frontier Communications Corp. He is one of the keynote speakers. On Tuesday, however, he downplayed his planned discourse on technology options for bringing broadband to rural America. “It’s always good to share industry practices, particularly best practices. They may (retain) one or two points from what I have to say, but it’s in the hallways and even in the bars at night where problems get solved.”

Jennifer Martin is a sales engineer with Hubill Power Systems Inc. in Whiteland. She is impressed that a company the size of Frontier is an expo participant.

“It’s usually just the little guys,” she said. “That’s great. We usually do business with all of the smaller telephone companies, so I was surprised to see Frontier.”