C&W Networks embracing Third Network Vision at MEF17

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C&W Networks will be attending MEF17, the premier global networking event focused on Third Network connectivity and cloud services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.  The event will be taking place on November 13th– 16th 2017 in Orlando, US.


MEF17 will bring together a global array of 120+ CE, LSO, SDN, NFV, and Cloud expert speakers to contribute to the event’s program and networking opportunities. The MEF17 program and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; industry standards and open source organizations; analyst firms; the press; and others.

MEF17 uniquely empowers industry stakeholders with high-quality content, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and live demonstrations of cutting-edge services and technologies.

This year’s event will include a 4-day conference program with World-class Plenaries, Sessions, and MEF Workshops; the 4th Proof of Concept Showcase; a vibrant Networking Hall; the 6th LSO Hackathon; an enhanced Global Media Hub; UNITE Partner participation; and the new MEF Awards Party and Third Network Professional Certification Training and Exam.

As a sponsor, C&W will be at the event sharing our expertise in networks, broadband and IP capacity services.

¡We look forward to seeing you there!

We’re reinventing businesses at Andicom 2017

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C&W is looking forward to seeing you at most important ICT Congress in Latin America. This year, August 23-25, Andicom is coming to Cartagena, Colombia with the theme “Reinventing your business: transformation is now!”

Andicom 2017 invites stakeholders and decision makers to bring the future to their businesses. The goal of this year’s event is to identify and analyze key elements of digital transformation and address one of the most important IT challenges: constant evolution in consumer behavior.

The Congress will explore the possibilities of merging different IT solutions with the ever-growing technology that is transforming the way industries are doing businesses.

The main talking points on the agenda will be:

  • Productive ecosystem: the core of transformation
  • Digital technologies that boost innovation in Business
  • An economy that demands transformation

This year’s event seeks to connect IT offer and demand of solutions and is expected to have:

  • More than 2,800 visitors
  • More than 900 stakeholders.
  • 100% networking activities.
  • More than 120 exhibit areas
  • Visitors from 25 countries
  • More than 50 academic sessions
  • 4 main initiatives: IT Social, IT 4.0 Clusters and ICT

Join us at Andicom 2017 and let’s transform the future together!

Cable & Wireless Reports Preliminary Q2 2017 Results

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  • Q2 Net Loss decreased by $92 Million Year-Over-Year to $14 Million
  • Revenue 1% Higher, Adjusted Segment EBITDA up 8%, on rebased basis
  • Network Expansion On Track, ~80,000 Upgrades / New Builds in H1
  • Successfully Raised $700 Million For Refinancing in July

Cable & Wireless Communications Limited (“CWC”) is the leading telecommunications operator in substantially all of its consumer markets, which are predominantly located in the Caribbean and Latin America, providing entertainment, information and communication services to 3.5 million mobile, 0.4 million television, 0.6 million internet and 0.6 million fixed-line telephony subscribers. In addition, CWC delivers B2B services and provides wholesale services over its sub-sea and terrestrial networks that connect over 40 markets across the region.

 Liberty Global’s Acquisition of CWC

On May 16, 2016, a subsidiary of Liberty Global acquired CWC (the “Liberty Global Transaction”). Revenue, Adjusted Segment EBITDA1 and subscriber statistics have been presented herein using Liberty Global’s definitions for all periods presented unless otherwise noted. Further adjustments to these metrics are possible as the integration process continues. Significant policy adjustments have been considered in our calculation of rebased growth rates for revenue and Adjusted Segment EBITDA. For additional information on Liberty Global’s definition of Adjusted Segment EBITDA and rebased growth rates, see footnotes 1 and 2, respectively. A reconciliation of net earnings (loss) to Adjusted Segment EBITDA is included in the Financial Results, Adjusted Segment EBITDA Reconciliation & Property, Equipment and Intangible Asset Additions3 section below. In addition, effective for the 2016 fiscal year, CWC changed its fiscal year end from March 31 to December 31 to conform with Liberty Global.

 Operating highlights:

  • Reported an organic RGU4 decline of 16,000 in Q2, including declines in Video, Internet and Telephony subscribers of 4,000, 3,000 and 9,000, respectively
  • Mobile subscribers5 decreased by 48,000 on an organic basis in Q2
  • Q2 subscriber highlights across our largest markets were as follows:
    • In Panama, we added 10,000 RGUs during the quarter, including 4,000 internet and 3,000 cable video RGUs, as we continued to generate momentum behind our refreshed bundled offers and network improvement activities, which enabled faster speeds of up to 300 Mbps. We also continued to grow our DTH6 base, adding 3,000 RGUs in Q2. On the mobile front, we lost 16,000 low-ARPU prepaid subscribers in the quarter
    • In Jamaica, RGUs decreased by 12,000 in Q2 as subscribers declined across all fixed-line categories. Our mobile base grew by 3,000 subscribers as we continued to target increased market share
    • In the Bahamas, we reported a small RGU decline of 1,000 in Q2 as continued penetration of our growing Fiber-to-the-Home (FttH) network generated 2,000 video adds, offset by a decline of 3,000 in voice subscribers. Our mobile subscriber base fell by 24,000 following the entrance of a new competitor into the market in late 2016
    • In Barbados, RGUs declined by 4,000, primarily due to lower fixed-line telephony subscribers and, to a lesser extent, declines in video and broadband caused by competition
    • In Trinidad, we added 2,000 RGUs as growth in fixed-line telephony, through bundling promotions, more than offset a decline in video subscribers due to continued competitive intensity


C&W communications in the vanguard of pre-5g testing in the CARIBBEAN

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Field trial of LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) technology in Antigua and Barbuda, sets groundwork for next generation of transformative technologies

 PUNTA CANA, DR – July 17, 2017 – At the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition, John Reid, CEO of C&W Communications (C&W), announced that C&W has completed a groundbreaking pre-5G (fifth generation wireless broadband technology) trial in Antigua. Once installed, Antigua will be the first country in the region with the most advanced pre-5G network, delivering download peak speeds of up to 800 Mbps. In the trial’s next phase, the Company expects to test a 5G prototype reaching 2 to 5 Gbps peak speeds, which will have a profound positive impact on the island.

The announcement came as part of Reid’s keynote address today to prominent Caribbean officials at the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition in the Dominican Republic. “These are exciting times for C&W Communications, as we continue to invest and develop more pioneering innovations to meet the needs of our customers and enable growth in the region through transformative technology,” said Reid. “This pre-5G trial in the Caribbean, is a significant step towards the evolution of C&W’s mobile networks across the region to 5G, and providing Gigabit speeds to our customers in Antigua,” he continued.

C&W’s pre-5G technology trial, a combined effort with parent company Liberty Global, is based on LTE Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro), the latest LTE evolution, that delivers lower latency, more capacity and improved reliability for customers. This translates into a faster mobile internet experience where customers can better participate in advanced technology such as richer video experience and new apps.

In early October, the Company will further test a 5G prototype network designed to deliver wireless data connections above 2 Gbps. If the trials are successful, and the business case favorable, the Company plans to invest another $5 million in Antigua alone to significantly upgrade the wireless infrastructure there. C&W has invested $1.5 billion in the region over the last three years.

5G is a new set of standards beyond traditional 4G/LTE technologies. This set of standards will allow operators to deliver wireless data connections above 1 Gbps and to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). C&W’s pre-5G trial and 5G prototype trials are part of a partnership with Ericsson, who will provide the equipment and software in Antigua and across the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic

Canto 33rd Annual Conference 2017: A new perspective for ICT

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Once again, C&W will be attending this year´s edition of Canto, one of the most important events of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the Caribbean Region and the Americas.  The event will be taking place on July 16th-19th, 2017 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and we’ll be attending as an associate sponsor.


Canto event has become a leading authority in all themes related with information, communication and technology in the Caribbean Region and the Americas. The event´s goal is to influence the innovation and development of ICT solutions for the benefit of members by developing, navigating and leveraging relationships with all stakeholders.

This year´s theme is “Re-imagining ICT as a tool for National Growth and Development”. The conference will drive this discussion as the speakers highlight the challenges facing the regional ICT and Telecommunications sector and solutions to these challenges. As the voice of the industry, CANTO is committed to facilitating dialogue and collaboration between all the stakeholders in the region.

The event´s goal for this edition, is for the stakeholders to encourage creators, developers and consumers to take advantage of the dynamism of ICTs and expand their thought process to view all possibilities. Canto´s also aim to encourage discourse amongst its membership to reimagine ICT in all its different spheres to reap benefits which would promote national growth and development.

As a platinum sponsor, we will be at the Trade Exhibition showing our expertise in telecommunication integrated solutions. We look forward to meeting with all our regional clients there. Visit us at the 27th-28th booth.

Liberty Global at ITW

C&W Networks at the ITW

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C&W was part of the most important event for the global wholesale telecoms industry, the ITW (International Telecoms Week) in Chicago, the past 14th-17th of May.

This event has become the ideal platform for developing business networking among industry leaders and key decision makers from all over the world. As part of one of the biggest industry players- Liberty Global- we want to share some of our company highlights presented by our business division leaders at the last edition of ITW.

OTTs: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

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OTTs: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

Business models such as over-the-top (OTT) video services offered by operators and content providers, applications for business and home broadband services, machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, and payment applications on mobile networks are transforming—and disrupting— telecommunications services.

The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU) defines an OTT platform as one “that transmits or broadcasts content to different devicessuch as smartphones, tablets and Smart TVsvia the Internet. They do not require infrastructure for their transmission, but instead make use of Internet providers’ networks.”

In this sense, OTT services initially raised alarm bells for telecom operators when they began to compete directly with the services they traditionally offered: voice, text messaging, and paid TV. At first, these services presented a threat, as customers avoided using telecom services or paid TV in favor of similar services provided by websites or smartphone applications. Additionally, this traffic puts significant pressure on service provider networks.

Given this scenario, what would be the most appropriate response by operators? The simplest in operational terms would be to block or throttle traffic to OTT service providers; however, this could irritate customers and cause regulatory concerns with regard to net neutrality. But offering their own OTT services could strengthen relationships with customers, allowing them to infiltrate new markets, and gain new customers. Another option is to lower the prices of telecommunications services to make them more attractive than those of the OTT competition? But that does not seem to be enough.

It appears that the best response lies in the old strategy of if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. In this way, operators are able to seize on the current success of the OTT model. These services have serious potential to transform the telecommunications industry. Also, telecom operators would be able to actively participate in this change, thus maintaining their importance for consumers and even uncovering new business opportunities.

During the 2017 Capacity Caribbean Conference, Paul Scott, president of C&W Networks, participated in a panel discussion that addressed this issue.

The bottom line is that, it is essential to have safe, intelligent and scalable networks. OTTs need capacity and bandwidth. They need C&W Networks.

The Hotel Industry: A Business Focus on Connectivity

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Guests are becoming more demanding when it comes to connectivity at hotels. Technological innovation has not gone unnoticed by the hotel industry, which is steadily adopting trends such as social media, customization, sales channel optimization, mobile apps, videoconferencing, Wi-Fi services and customer loyalty programs. What do these services have in common? They require adequate infrastructure to be implemented.

To stay competitive, hotels are increasingly realizing that they must meet guests’ connectivity requirements, since this is a deciding factor for many when choosing where to stay. Nowadays, 24/7 connectivity is essential either for personal or professional reasons. Surveys of various hotels show that Internet connectivity is the top priority for 97.4% of guests.

In addition, the productivity of hotel employees is considerably boosted by a secure and reliable wireless network, since they can use mobile devices to expedite everyday processes (e.g., self-check-in, automated valet parking, communication between employees no matter the location, etc.).

Technology offers an opportunity to improve hotels’ performance and productivity. This technology is within the reach of any establishment. If its managers have the support and know-how of savvy professionals who will not only optimize the technology investment, but also provide the most appropriate tools for management, decision-making and achievement of business targets. Even so, only a small percentage of hotels in our region have gotten the message and invested in technology. There is still a long way to go.

On the Path to Smart Cities

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We’re back to discuss more of the telecom market’s hot topics, which you can use as a reference to success together with C&W Networks. According to a study by the United Nations, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, this figure is expected to reach 70%, or six billion people. For this reason, there is increasing pressure to transform our cities into smart cities, which represents an opportunity for the governments and citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean, but also for us as members of the telecommunications industry.

With the emergence of digital technology, the Internet and mobile technologies, this transformation is becoming increasingly viable. Nonetheless, not all countries are equally prepared to start down that path. By working together, we can make our region a part of a connected future.

When we talk about smart cities, we’re referring to the model that brings together the initiatives needed to make a city more sustainable, participatory and efficient with a better quality of life for its residents. This paradigm is based on three essential driving forces; innovation, technology and people. Despite its importance, technology is just one tools of many and it must be linked to planning and management processes. Innovation is needed to address changing consumption patterns which it brings us new ideas and ways to interact.

A city’s population forms a large part of these smart cities. These are places defined by their history, culture and their people. Changes in urban models cannot occur without considering the people who bring the city to life. The most important element of a smart city, both in terms of the use of urban services and participation in building the city itself, must be its residents.

Public-private collaboration is also essential. A smart city is one of those places that long term visions make the environment of people the heart and the planning of an innovative idea. It focuses on public transportation, the use of public spaces, prioritizes public safety, utilities, emergency response, the availability of clean water resources for future generations, and citizen participation within the city. A smart city uses technology as a tool to develop a vision and long-term goals. It also becomes appealing not only to its residents, but also to employers and workers generate a safer space that’s capable of promoting the development of creative solutions, creating jobs and reducing inequality. Smart cities offer endless opportunities for businesses and it’s important that we understand how to maintain them.

The path towards creating a smart city was first thought of a while ago, but there are some regions that are still comprehending this idea. The path toward smart cities was first laid some time ago; however, there are regions in which it takes a few more twists and turns. For this reason, the Inter-American Development Bank is gradually unveiling action plans for towns in Latin America and the Caribbean, paving the way for their transformation into smart cities. Urban sustainability, environmental sustainability, the difficulties of climate change, the governance and fiscal sustainability are the reasons of this transformation.

There is no doubt that Latin America is ready to make some solid changes, but for all the region’s countries to achieve these goals; the people, governments, the private sector, civil society and technology must join forces to make smart cities a reality.

We invite you to assist us on this journey of innovation and creativity. Let’s grow our businesses together. Strength and brilliances lies in the numbers.