C&W Networks picks Cologix to unlock continental connectivity


Cologix’s Jacksonville-based JAX1 data center will serve as the hub for a new Point of Presence (PoP) supporting C&W Networks, parent company Cable & Wireless Communications announced recently, opening channels between North and South America. 

C&W Networks’ Meet-Me-Room at 421 W. Church serves regional and dark fiber networks, ISPs and content and cloud service providers. As of 2015, the company joined the Pacific and Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a 3,700-mile underwater cable system terminating in Jacksonville and connecting eight central and South American nations.

"Jacksonville is gaining a reputation as one of the key peering and interconnection points in North America providing cross-border opportunities and diversity which are important in network design," Cologix COO Graham Williams said. “Our customers are recognizing that Jacksonville is part of another regional alternative for traffic between North and South America. We are very proud to be the central and only hub in the region connecting all of the subsea cables and major network providers to each other.”

C&W Networks operates as a wholesale subsidiary of entertainment provider pan-American-based Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W). It is the hemisphere’s largest subsea multi-ring, fiber-optic network, spanning the Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Additionally, it provides the area’s most complete fully meshed MPLS network.

"PCCS is our fourth international submarine cable landing in the United States and our third in Florida," Paul Scott, C&W Networks president, said. “The deployment through Cologix in Jacksonville enables us to offer even greater route diversity, redundancy and interconnection to our customers. The Cologix facility provides us an ideal exchange and peering platform … strategically diverse from our established gateways in South Florida and the Caribbean."

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