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Smart Buildings Session – How Data Centers and Central Offices Co-Exist in the Same Space

Craig Culwell - Service Provider Market Development Manager, CommScope
09 Apr 2019
13:00 - 13:30
Virtual Keynote Room

Smart Buildings Session – How Data Centers and Central Offices Co-Exist in the Same Space

Session Abstract

The convergence of wireless and wireline will force the different groups to work together. Operating both two different ways won’t work. Being able to support the needs of the traditional central office network and supporting low latency data applications driven by 5G evolution requires different mindsets in the same facility. Operators need to support the “rip and replace” data center mindset while at the same time supporting evolving needs of the incoming outside plant infrastructure for a lifetime.


Craig Culwell is a market development manager at CommScope, responsible for key Service Provider accounts in North America. The solutions include connectivity for Central Offices, MTSO’s, Data Centers, Outside Plant, and Cell Sites/Small Cell, with additional emphasis on service providers transitioning to SDN/NFV, Edge Data Centers, densification for 4G & 5G, and the value of utilizing Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solutions. Culwell’s strategic mind leverages an understanding of customer needs in those vertical markets and driving change in cross-functional product management, engineering, and field application engineering teams to develop the solutions to increase market share now and into the future. Before his nearly 20 years at CommScope, Culwell spent time at AT&T as a network service operations manager. Culwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from California Polytechnic State University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is based in Sacramento.

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