Completed Pacific Caribbean Cable System boosts wireless connectivity in region

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C&W Networks, among the largest Caribbean telecommunications service providers, said on Thursday that Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) has completed commissioning the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), connecting seven distant locations to its Jacksonville, Florida, hub.

The 3,728-mile submarine cable network now connects Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Aruba, Curacao, Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and Puerto Rico to the Florida hub. With IP POPs located in North Boca Raton and Miami Beach, the firm’s infrastructure is solidly connected to Florida’s major network connection center, the NAP of the Americas, in Miami.

"This is a very exciting development for the region, as it further strengthens and expands the region's telecom infrastructure," Paul Scott, president of C&W Networks, said.

The PCCS submarine network dramatically boosts connectivity and broadband availability in the tropics and enhances C&W Networks' ongoing commitment to ecosystem diversity and industry-leading network resiliency.

"We are very excited to be part of this new submarine cable system,” Scott said. “It allows us to provide our carrier customers more traffic-routing possibilities, ensuring complete geo-route diversity to the U.S. East Coast. Besides additional ring diversity, PCCS also provides a new, geographically diverse cable landing in the U.S. in Jacksonville, Florida.”

C&W Networks, founded in 2004, operates the largest sub-sea, multi-ring, fiber-optic network throughout the greater Caribbean, Pan-American and Andean region. Reaching over 845 million people across 42 countries, it provides broadband, IP capacity, managed services and integrated solutions to telecom carriers, TV cable companies, ISPs and network integrators.

PCCS is owned by a group of five major telecommunications operators: Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefonica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services. Cable & Wireless Communications Plc is a full-service communications and entertainment provider operating in the Caribbean and Latin America, with annual sales of over $2.4 billion.

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