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Capacity Latam 2017: Transforming the Telecommunications Industry

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C&W Networks will be taking part in this year’s Capacity Latam Conference, the most important event for the wholesale telecommunications industry in Latin America.  On March 28 and 29, we’ll be attending this prestigious event in Rio de Janeiro as an associate sponsor. We’re eager to engage with other telecom professionals and discuss the major trends in our industry.

Over the years, Capacity Latam has evolved into a can’t-miss opportunity for decision makers active in the region’s wholesale telecommunications community. C&W Networks’ senior-level executives will be representing the company and presenting the benefits of working with the company that has established itself as a leader in Latin America, a position further strengthened following its acquisition by Liberty Global. Conference attendees will get a firsthand look at the company’s latest solutions and the technologies we’ll be focusing on this year. They’ll see why C&W is among the best in the industry, both regionally and globally.

Capacity Latam, now in its 14th year, brings together more than 500 top-level decision makers with more than 130 local and international companies, with some 30 countries represented. In addition, 20 industry experts will discuss topics relevant to our industry, such as subsea connectivity, satellite technology, cybersecurity, and content delivery, among others.

Capacity Latam is the perfect opportunity to get in on the future of business. Use your personalized MeetMe planner to schedule a meeting with C&W Networks, and get a feel for where the telecom market is headed.

John Reid Confirmed as CEO of Cable & Wireless

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John Reid has been confirmed as Chief Executive Officer of C&W Communications effective November 7, 2016. C&W serves 18 countries and is one of the largest full service telecommunications and entertainment providers in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Company was recently acquired by Liberty Global plc ”Liberty Global”, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company.
“This is a time of meaningful change and development for C&W, and I am excited for the expertise and continuity that John brings to this growing region,” said Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global. Reid is tasked with aligning the former UK-based company with Liberty’s Latin America and Caribbean (“LiLAC Group”) division, while strengthening the Company’s growth opportunities, in particular triple-play, mobile data and fixed-mobile convergence, and seizing on the significant business-to-business and wholesale opportunities in the region.

“I am honored to lead C&W Communications into the next phase of our development. I look forward to achieving our growth objectives, creating greater value for our stakeholders, and transforming our employee and customer experience,” Reid said.

Reid, a Canadian national, is uniquely positioned to take C&W to its next chapter as he has over 28 years of telecommunications and cable television experience, and has spearheaded complex integrations and pioneered a culture of transformation and engagement, first in Canada, and during the past 11 years, across the Caribbean. Prior to his role as Interim CEO of C&W, Reid served as C&W’s President, Consumer Division and was part of the executive leadership team at C&W that achieved in excess of $100m in synergies in less than 18 months following the Columbus transaction.

At Columbus, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer, he led the Company to become a leader and innovator in the broadband and entertainment industry across the Caribbean and Latin America. Prior to Columbus John held various roles with Canadian MSO Persona, holding the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.

John holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, serves as the Chairman of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), a 49% subsidiary of C&W, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Caribbean Tales.

C&W Networks Wins Wholesale Service Provider of the Year and Service Innovation of the Year Awards at MEF Excellence Awards 2016

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C&W Networks, is excited to announce winning the Wholesale Service Provider of the Year Award (CALA) and Service Innovation of the Year Award (CALA) at the annual MEF Excellence Awards, 2016 Dinner. The event is part of the MEF16 global networking conference, held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. C&W Networks was recognized for their leadership in the development and delivery of regional and wholesale Third Network/Carrier Ethernet services, as well as excellence in service innovation, service orchestration, marketing, and network modernization across the Caribbean and Latin America region.

The MEF Excellence Awards program is the largest awards program in the world focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV and SDN networking technologies. The judging panel for the MEF Excellence Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, Current Analysis, Frost & Sullivan, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, SDxCentral, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges.

“MEF is pleased to congratulate C&W Networks for winning the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year Awards in the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF.  “The company’s participation and submissions reflect excellence in advancing availability of high-performance CE 2.0 certified services. These services represent the industry’s gold standard for connectivity and are the foundation for future `Third Network’ service and application innovation.”

“We are honored to receive the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year CALA awards from MEF and extremely proud of this recognition as we continue our commitment and focus in maintaining our network leadership position across the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Networks. “That commitment includes bringing innovation and network modernization to our markets, and more importantly delivering service excellence to help our customers succeed,” added Scott.

C&W Networks Wins Fourth Consecutive Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier Award

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C&W Networks, again won the Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier award on November 8 at the 12th Global Carrier Awards in Paris. The award recognizes C&W Networks’ innovation in new service technology, excellence in customer experience and leadership in the wholesale telecoms market across the Caribbean region.

The Global Carrier Awards have become the most prestigious awards among the wholesale telecoms industry by celebrating innovation, excellence and vision and setting the benchmark for performance throughout the marketplace. The awards were independently judged by a panel of over 20 judges, which includes leading analysts, industry experts and the senior editorial team of Capacity magazine. The judging panel was carefully selected to cover a wide range of market areas and regions and were aided by a new scoring system, which was refined for 2014 to ensure that the shortlisting and winners decisions remained objective and transparent. This year’s submissions attracted a record number of over 200 entries.

“C&W Networks won the Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier award at the 2016 Global Carrier Awards in our brand new Paris location. In recognition for increasing revenue and profitability, network reach, scale and reliability this provider of choice in the Pan-Caribbean region boasts a world-class Net Promoter Score of 50% above industry standard,” said the Global Carrier Awards organization. “And with its demonstrated success in completing strategic acquisitions, ongoing network expansion and rollout of innovative services this carrier continues to exceed all expectations.”

“We are elated to be recognized as the Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier for the fourth time across the region. We are very proud to receive this recognition for our success in a challenging and rapidly evolving marketplace. In anticipation of growing customer demands that rely more and more on advanced technologies, we’ve greatly expanded our capabilities in new services and network security over the past year — which the judges recognized tonight. The award highlights the commitment of our teams and their tireless efforts across the region to better serve our carrier clients and their customers and our ongoing commitment towards striving to be the best Caribbean telecoms carrier,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Networks.

In selecting C&W Networks as the Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier winner, the judges recognize that the company operates the largest subsea network across the Pan-Caribbean region, serving over 260 local, regional and international carriers. Its diverse IP backbone, along with its over 38,000 in-country fiber backhaul and local terrestrial networks that are continually expanding throughout the region were also key factors that impressed the selection committee. In addition, the selection committee noted the beneficial impact to the region from C&W Networks that has enabled unmatched scale and reach spanning some 48,000 kilometers of submarine fiber reaching 42 countries.

“Throughout 2016, we have been laser focused on finding the best ways to connect, protect, manage and optimize carrier services for our clients and their customers. We are enabling them to capture new revenue, protect profits, and grow their businesses. We are proud to be providing the tools they need to be successful in today’s global telecoms market and will continue to deliver greater connectivity, flexibility and scalability across the Caribbean region,” said Scott.

C&W Networks Partners With Juniper Networks to Obtain MEF CE 2.0 Certification

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C&W Networks is pleased to announce the latest award of MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) industry standard certification for E-Line, E-LAN, E-TREE, and E-ACCESS services through the use of Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers. The CE 2.0 industry certifications represent a milestone for C&W Networks and further accelerates its ability to deliver a more dynamic and customized Ethernet services portfolio to many more locations across the Caribbean and Latin America region.

C&W Networks passed a rigorous testing process covering a full set of requirements including performance and bandwidth profiles. Using Juniper Networks MX104, MX240, MX480, and MX960 routers, the C&W Networks International MPLS Ethernet Network was certified MEF 2.0 ready in June 2016. The MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certification Program is designed to ensure that equipment and services comply with MEF standards and enable carrier grade interoperability. With the newly obtained CE 2.0 certification, C&W Network’s expansive core fiber transmission networks and Ethernet managed platform are ready to meet the latest global carrier requirements, offering more scale and more reliable solutions to customers.

“Achieving this certification further demonstrates our commitment to provide carrier class Ethernet interconnectivity throughout the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Paul Scott, President, C&W Networks. “Upgrading to the latest MEF CE 2.0 certification, we are able to precisely demonstrate the continued high performance, reliability, and network scalability, according to exacting standards our customers require, while also paving the way for future innovations and increased service quality.”

Juniper Networks MX Series Routers have pioneered many routing innovations since its inception in 2006, including the introduction of the industry’s highest capacity edge router with the MX2020 in 2012 and the first full-featured, carrier-grade virtual router with the vMX in 2014. The MX Series, powered by programmable Trio silicon and the Juniper Networks Junos software, gives customers investment protection and offers a network application development platform that enables Service Providers to launch new value-added services easily at the same time that, seamlessly integrates with evolving SDN and NFV solutions. To date, Juniper Networks has sold a MX Series router every hour since the series was unveiled in 2006.
“Juniper Networks MX Routers are present in 92% of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and have been able to drive TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) reductions of over 49% on average,” stated Manuel Terrero, Senior Sales Director, Juniper Networks CALA. “We are pleased to partner with C&W Networks to bring this CE 2.0 certified connectivity to their markets and customers.”

C&W Networks Expands Capabilities via Point-of-Presence in Jacksonville, Florida

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C&W Networks today announced that it has expanded its reach with the integration of the recently activated, state-of-the-art Point-of-Presence (POP) node at the Jacksonville, Florida Network Access Point (NAP) known as Jax NAP.

The expansion of C&W Networks’ capacity is part of its overall strategy to deliver advanced connectivity through a wide range of interconnect options to terrestrial networks and other international carriers located in the Jax NAP facility. With the unlimited carrier access the Jax NAP provides its customers, C&W Networks will further enhance its position among the top tier players across the fast-growing region of the Caribbean, Central and South American markets.

“The interconnection between multiple telecommunication carriers creates a diverse but neutral environment that allows seamless connectivity to fulfill our customer’ objectives,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Networks. “We are very excited about this project — the level of investment not only ensures we are ready to meet our customers’ growing demands, but it also allows us to provide true ‘on-net’ services from any point within the C&W Networks global reach.”

C&W Networks has deployed a fully operational facility at the Jax NAP to provide expansive connectivity from its submarine networks including the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (“PCCS”), Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1), and Colombia-Florida Express (CFX-1). With over 21 different carriers and eight unique data centers at the Jax NAP facility, C&W Networks can enable customers with traditional transport services such as synchronous digital hierarchy/synchronous optical networking (SDH/SONET), and a variety of services including IP, MPLS, colocation space, and disaster recovery.

“Working with the team at C&W Networks has been a pleasure,” said Luke Leonaitis, Senior Partner of the Jax NAP. “To have an international player of their breadth, with coverage of more than 40 countries, brings a great deal of value to the NAP and to Jacksonville’s emergence as a go-to place for customers in the Caribbean, Central and South America with interconnect and bandwidth needs. We look forward to advancing our relationship with C&W Networks and by extension, their affiliated companies in the broader Liberty Global group in providing world-class interconnect facility here at the Jax NAP.”

From subsea fiber connectivity to fully integrated disaster recovery suites located within the Jax NAP facility, this new POP provides a wide range of colocation and telecommunication amenities to businesses of all shapes and sizes. The 700-square-foot node employs state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide the ultimate in-network availability. This includes system redundancy on all levels including commercial alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) battery plant power, fiber connectivity, HVAC, BMS/Access/Security Systems, and chemical fire suppression, all controlled and monitored 24×7 by C&W Networks Network Operations Center (NOC) in Miami.

C&W Networks and Te Subcom Extend Pan-Caribbean Partnership To Provide Capacity Upgrades

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C&W Networks is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL) company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, to complete an immediate upgrade to the ECLink (Trinidad-Curacao) system. ECLink is the latest regional system within C&W Networks’ 48,000 km of subsea fiber to receive an upgrade to its capacity using TE SubCom technology. The agreement upholds TE SubCom’s presence in the Caribbean and extends its 15-year-long relationship with C&W Networks.

Highlights / Key Facts

ECLink Upgrade

  • Built in 2007 by TE SubCom, ECLink is a 938 km regional undersea cable system connecting Trinidad and Curacao.
  • The upgraded system will be designed to accommodate five 100 Gb plug-and-play wavelengths and will have two 100 Gb wavelengths activated.
  • The plug-and-play design enables cable station personnel to easily install and provision the transceiver to efficiently provide additional capacity and meet consistently growing customer capacity needs.

 

Fifteen Years of Successful Partnership

  • The ECLink upgrade follows a similar 100 Gb plug-and-play upgrade to C&W Networks’ CFX-1, the fastest route between the United States and Colombia.
  • CFX-1 is a 2,500 km regional cable system manufactured and installed by TE SubCom and entered into service in 2008 to provide high bandwidth connectivity between Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A., and Cartagena, Colombia and a branch to Morant Point, Jamaica.
  • Since first engaging with C&W Networks in 2001, TE SubCom has constructed and upgraded three regional systems, including the ARCOS, Trinidad Curacao and CFX-1 networks. Each originally designed for 10Gbps transmission, TE SubCom has, in recent years, increased capacity by 2Tb/s across the three networks.

 

“We’re excited to once again partner with TE SubCom and pleased to have chosen them as the provider for the ECLink regional upgrade,” said Paul Scott, president of C&W Networks. “Our capacity upgrades across the Pan-Caribbean region will help us meet the high performance and network reliability needed so we can offer better and faster services that meet the ever evolving needs of our wholesale carrier customers.”

“We value C&W Networks’ continued preference for our company’s technology portfolio and regional expertise in support of these upgrades,” said Michael Rieger, vice president, TE SubCom. “As with all our customers, our goal is to build a partnership based on long-term vision, support and dependability.”

C&W Networks Nominated Again

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The third time is not a charm for C&W Networks. Further to being awarded for third consecutive year as Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier by Capacity Magazine, the Company continues to claim leadership and this year is pursuing a fourth recognition from the entity. The road has not been easy. Nomination calls for several red tape steps that company had to follow.  However, it’s been worth it, and C&W Networks is again among nominees for the 2016 award edition.

It’s important to highlight how much these awards mean for all telecommunications companies, as well as the acknowledgements involved: innovation, vision, and excellence at the global and regional wholesale segment.  Awards will be judged by a panel of independent telecommunications, industry-expert analysts, and part of Capacity Magazine team.

Summing up, this has been another remarkably successful year for C&W Networks, not only for its increased revenue and profitability, but for its extended network scope, scalability, and reliability.  Customers continue to choose it as the undisputed vendor in the Pan Caribbean Region. The Liberty Global acquisition has boosted this leadership.  For all the aforesaid the Company is a strong candidate to win the highest prize this year as well.

C&W Networks At Canto: Future-Proofing Caribbean Region By Driving Industry Innovation With Network Certifications

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C&W Networks is pleased to announce that it has received the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) industry standard certification for E-LINE, E-LAN, E-TREE and E-ACCESS services. The industry certifications represent a milestone for C&W Networks, further accelerating its ability to deliver a more dynamic and customized Ethernet portfolio of services to many more locations across the Caribbean and Latin America region. Also, the certifications make C&W’s carrier-grade fibre networks world-class and ready to meet the latest global carrier requirements, offering more scale and more reliable solutions to customers across the Caribbean and Latin American region.

C&W Networks passed a very rigorous testing process covering a full set of requirements including performance and bandwidth profiles. Compliance testing and certification was performed by independent MEF assessment and conformity body, Iometrix. The certifications allow C&W Networks to offer the highest standards of interoperable interconnection, management and performance.

“By becoming MEF CE 2.0 certified, we have demonstrated our ability to meet the high performance, high reliability, and scalability standards required by our customers’ demanding, business-critical interconnection. These certifications are a credit to our hardworking teams, and we are looking forward to being a critical part of the Caribbean and Latin American industry transition to agile and assured, interconnections. In short, we are future-proofing our industry leading network across the region, making it stronger, scalable and resilient for our customers,” stated Paul Scott, President, C&W Networks.

“MEF congratulates C&W Networks for the company’s outstanding achievement in receiving CE 2.0 certification across the full range of services,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF. “The company has demonstrated not only the ability to offer the highest level of standardized, interoperable services, but has also created the high-performance foundation for future service innovation for years to come.”

C&W Networks is a wholesale telecommunications service provider that offers broadband, IP capacity and a growing portfolio of managed services and integrated solutions to global, regional and local telecom carriers, TV cable companies, Internet Service Providers and Network Integrators. C&W Networks operates the largest subsea multi-ring, fibre-optic network throughout the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region along with the most comprehensive fully meshed MPLS network in the region.