Gift-Giving or . . . Receiving


The holidays are a time for honoring traditions: ugly sweaters, your family’s cherished eggnog recipe, Michael Bublé’s holiday music. But it’s also a time for forging new ones. A storytelling series featuring your latest challenges upgrading the legacy plant? A 5K run looking for the best-disguised wireless towers? An evening wish on a star that 5G deployment will arrive soon? Don’ be afraid to shake things up — the end of the year is when legends are made.

Speaking of gifts, and starting new traditions, why not make this the year you polish off your list early? Here are a few things you can give your loved ones who are just a BIT difficult to buy for:

Okay, maybe these aren’t the gifts they covet. Instead, these goodies may be a few work-related tools you could use.*

Don’t be shy. You’re allowed to drop a few hints with your very own wish list. And who would’ve guessed it? We have even MORE tools to add to YOUR wish list at

Maybe if you’re very, very good, some gift giver may spoil you with one of them. Surely, everyone likes the ICT/Telecom world as much as we do, right?

*In January 2018, our annual ISE Buyer’s Guide will be ready to reveal. It will showcase so many products you will wish the holiday giving season could start all over.


About Author

Sharon Vollman is Senior Vice President, Editorial Director of ISE magazine. She oversees all editorial processes and staff for ISE magazine, the ISE e-newsletter,, and leads the educational content development for ISE EXPO and several events. Vollman has created educational partnerships with the major communications and entertainment providers including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and Cincinnati Bell. She has covered the telecom industry since 1996, when she joined OSP magazine as editor. Prior to that she worked in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather and CME. Vollman has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from the University of Iowa.

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