MAY 21, 2007 -- Columbus Networks today announced the installation of a new multi-million dollar undersea fiber route that will link Colombia directly to Florida and offer users improved network redundancy, reliability, performance, and bandwidth availability throughout the Pan-Caribbean and Americas Region.
Columbus Networks' Colombia-Florida Sub Sea Fibre Project, dubbed CFX-1, includes more than 2,400 kilometers of high-strength, high-capacity fiber-optic cable and will have a branch into Jamaica. It seamlessly connects with the ARCOS-1 undersea ringed network forming two large sub-rings for alternate routing and redundancy, say Columbus representatives. The express link will have three new landing stations in Cartagena, Colombia; Morant Point, Jamaica; and Boca Raton, FA.
Work on the new undersea network project is well underway.
"CFX-1 is the largest network expansion project our company has undertaken since it was acquired by Columbus Communications in September 2005," reports Paul Scott, president of Columbus Networks, a subsidiary of the Bridgetown, Barbados-based communications company. "This project demonstrates Columbus' ongoing commitment to invest in the region and help stimulate new economic growth and expansion."
"This initiative is in response to insatiable demand for bandwidth from our growing base of clients operating throughout the region and in particular Colombia," Scott adds. "More importantly, the new sub-sea network will further protect our clients' data traffic by providing additional route diversity as well as a scalable and reliable express link to Internet backbone access in Florida and the region."
ColumbusINetworks awarded the contract for building the network to Tyco Telecommunications (search for ), a business unit of Tyco Electronics.
"This new system will not only greatly improve the reliability of ARCOS, but also provide further network redundancy for Jamaica and add huge capacity capability for the entire region," contends William Marra, vice president and general manager of Tyco Telecommunications. "We are honored to have been once again chosen by Columbus Networks to provide our subsea systems to meet their ongoing growth in the region."
Tyco's project plan for CFX-1Iis on schedule, and the new system is expected to be in service by June 2008.