Ritch Dusome

President & CEO, CENGN

Smart Cities Need Smart Networks

A true Smart City cannot exist without a smart network infrastructure. The traditional approach to network deployment is that each service provider builds its own access infrastructure for each client, whether business or residential. These closed, proprietary networks result in duplication of costs that is ultimately passed on to the end consumer. In addition, they are complex physical networks that are not dynamic or flexible, making it difficult to scale and impossible to provide new innovative services on demand. What is needed is a single “open infrastructure” that can dynamically accommodate multiple service providers/ISPs and tenants, and provides a platform for delivery and easy management of on-demand innovative smart city services and applications.

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN members include: Allstream, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Fujitsu, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Nokia, Rogers, TELUS, Viavi, and Wind River.

About Rich Dusome

Ritch Dusome is the President & CEO at CENGN and he has held this position since its inception in September of 2014. Ritch has over 28 years of Data Centre, Networking and Internet Experience working at a variety of companies including; Cisco Systems, Bell Canada, and TD Bank. His most recent position was as the Director Product Management and R&D Canada Site Leader at Cisco. He was responsible for Service Provider Executive relationships, Service Provider GTM and Cloud Managed Services on a global basis for the Services Routing Group. He has also been responsible for the ASR 1000, 7200, 7300 router products on a global basis within Cisco Systems.

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