Darryl Smith has built a long, successful career in Indiana’s telecommunication and technology industry. Starting as an installation technician with Western Electric, Darryl moved to Smithville Telephone, a Southern Indiana-based ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier), in 1982 as a central office switch technician, and was quickly promoted to Central Office Switch Manager.
Sensing a tipping point as the industry evolved from the relays and wires of electromechanical switches to the transistors and bits of stored program control platforms, Darryl elected to return to school to study electronics and microprocessors. His studies at Ivy Tech Vocational College led to his being named Smithville Telephone’s first Director of Technology. He served as a vital part of Smithville’s executive management team for over a decade.
As Director of Technology, Darryl oversaw an exciting period of transformation in Smithville’s operation and in the telecommunications industry itself: the development and implementation of SS7 network and 800 number portability; equal access in the marketplace; the consolidation of central office switching; establishment of a class four tandem switch; and Smithville’s shift from a narrow-band to a broadband provider. During the transition to broadband, Darryl earned CCNA and CCNP certifications from Cisco Network Systems. Darryl was instrumental in the development and implementation of a regional metro Ethernet offering spanning central Indiana, and he was on the forefront of the development of fiber transport to the home.
Darryl came to IFN in 2011 as our Manager of Transport and Switching and has been a part of our operations management team for three years. His team introduced switch-sharing platform Metaswitch and BroadSoft to IFN’s product line. Now, as Director of Network Operations, Darryl is working to expand IFN’s fiber transport operations and to implement workflow best practices in IFN’s back-office operations.
Darryl is committed to building measurable customer value and focused on delivering service and value to IFN’s customers.