Thursday, March 8, 2007

Turin Supplies Optical Transport Platform for the Caribbean

Columbus Communications, a Barbados-based carrier delivering wholesale and metro access services throughout the Caribbean region, has standardized on Turin Networks' Traverse and TraverseEdge platforms for high-capacity multiservice transport and delivery of new Ethernet and TDM access services.

Columbus Communications' New World Networks division is the principal owner and operator of ARCOS, a 10,000km undersea fiber optic network that links the United States with the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, CuraƧao, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica. In addition, Columbus is a competitive provider in Trinidad and Jamaica, where it delivers local cable Internet, television, and voice services while wholesaling TDM and Gigabit Ethernet lines to other providers.

Columbus is seeking to expand metro access services into the Bahamas and other Caribbean nations as a facilities-based, competitive local service provider while maintaining its wholesale transport business throughout the region.

Columbus began deploying Turin's TraverseEdge 206 platform for metro access services in Jamaica in late 2006 and is now expanding into Trinidad. Deployments are expected to continue as the company gains regulatory approval in other countries. In addition, Columbus has deployed the Traverse Multiservice Transport Switch for international gateway as well as high-capacity transport applications, facilitating delivery of broadband TDM and 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet services to other providers connected to the ARCOS backbone. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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