FEBRUARY 13, 2008 -- Columbus Networks (search for Columbus Networks) has completed cable installation on the first phase of an undersea fiber-optic express route that connects Colombia with Florida. The company says it expects to light the first of two fiber cable segments and begin offering service in April.
The first-phase undersea cable segment links Cartagena, Colombia and Morant Point, Jamaica. Installation work is continuing on the second phase of the cable that connects Jamaica to Florida in Boca Raton. The principal operator of the ARCOS undersea network, Columbus Networks expects to complete the second leg of the express route in July.
Once complete, the express route will provide customers in Colombia with the most direct route, an increased performance, and the lowest latency data and IP connection to the U.S., adding data traffic diversity, redundancy, and improved network reliability, say Columbus Networks representatives.
"Columbus Networks clearly recognizes the importance of the thriving Colombian market on the regions' overall growth and economic expansion," reports Paul Scott, president of Columbus Networks. "We decided to build the express route and add cable diversity to better meet increasing bandwidth demand and to more evenly distribute communications traffic across a multi-path network," he says.
Columbus Networks' Colombia-Florida Sub Sea Fiber Project, dubbed CFX (search for CFX), includes more than 2,400 km of deep-sea repeated high-capacity fiber-optic cable. It also includes a new landing station in Cartagena where other regional communications providers are co-located for interconnection with Columbus Networks.
Columbus Networks says CFX is the largest network expansion project it has undertaken since it was acquired by Columbus Communications in September 2005.
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