C&W plans new submarine cable

Cable & Wireless Communications
has announced its plans to build a new major submarine cable in the Caribbean,
more than doubling its carrier capacity in the region.

A press release states the
“East-West” cable will link Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the west of the
Caribbean, to the British Virgin Islands in the east. It will also land in the
Dominican Republic, one of the key markets in the region. The company’s Caribbean
business, LIME, has begun installing the cable and is expected to have it
operational by early 2011.

The East-West Cable is the third
new submarine cable built by the company in the region since 2008, adding to
the CBUS cable between Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands and the
Gemini-Bermuda cable between Bermuda and the east coast of the US.

The cable is intended to help the
company meet the rising demand for high-speed bandwidth in the region.

LIME operates in 13 Caribbean
countries, and is developing a range of new fixed broadband and mobile data
services for customers, which will require high quality capacity support.

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The cable will also capability in
serving its carrier customers in North and Latin America, as well as within the
Caribbean. The company’s cable system already links with 23 Caribbean countries
and the East-West cable will complete a Caribbean ‘network ring’,

The Caribbean is a major traffic
corridor between South America and the major internet, content and carrier hubs
in the United States.

The East-West cable will assist the
company in providing wholesale capacity through the Caribbean Sea offering
primary and secondary routes to New York and Miami.

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