Global Crossing boosts Caribbean presence

FEBRUARY 1, 2007 -- An agreement with Global Caribbean Network (GCN) enables Global Crossing to expand its reach to 13 countries in the Caribbean. GCN, in turn, extends its services to North America, Europe, and Asia via the Global Crossing network.

FEBRUARY 1, 2007 -- Global Crossing (search for Global Crossing) is working with Global Caribbean Network (GCN), a subsea cable operator headquartered in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, to enhance global IP connectivity to the Caribbean region.

Under the terms of several agreements, GCN will interconnect its voice and data traffic services arriving from the Caribbean to Global Crossing's IP network in St. Croix, via 10-Gigabit wavelengths, enabling GCN to extend its services to North America, Europe, and Asia. As a result, GCN says its primarily Caribbean-based customers will gain access to Global Crossing's global network, so they can connect to any of the 600 cities in 60 countries where Global Crossing delivers services.

At the same time, through the interconnection with GCN, Global Crossing will now be able to offer its own customers services in 13 additional countries in the Caribbean.

"Global Crossing's services support our plans to offer Caribbean residential and commercial users a more advanced telecom infrastructure," explains Ehsan Emami, GCN's president. "Our customers will benefit from a fast and reliable network, where all data, voice, video and multimedia traffic can converge to a single global backbone."

"We're excited about this opportunity to work with GCN as it begins to offer local and international operators broadband services in the Caribbean region," adds José Antonio Ríos, Global Crossing's international president. "Our combined capabilities reinforce our commitment to accelerate deployment of our services to the region."

GCN is a subsidiary of Groupe Loret, an enterprise conglomerate responsible for different businesses in various segments, including real estate, communications, automotive, and air transportation, among others. GCN began offering its commercial services in the Caribbean in October 2006, through the official launch of the first phase of its GCN-1 system, which connects Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthélemy, San Juan, and St. Croix. It is currently expanding its reach further south in the Caribbean to Dominica, Martinique, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad as part of the second and third phases of the project.

According to a 2006 Telecommunications Industry Review study, the Caribbean is one of the fastest growing broadband markets in the world. To accommodate this rapidly expanding demand in Latin America and the Caribbean region, Global Crossing recently announced that it will upgrade its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC) system, which connects North America to Latin America through the Caribbean. Global Crossing's MAC ring, which runs between Brookhaven, NY; Hollywood, FL; and St. Croix, Virgin Islands, is an essential piece of the company's advanced, global network, say company representatives.

"Global Crossing is committed to the Caribbean region and is uniquely positioned to serve companies like GCN, that require global connectivity," contends Dale Miller, Global Crossing's senior vice president for carrier sales in Latin America. "By choosing Global Crossing, GCN has improved its network functionality, enhanced its flexibility, and expanded its reach around the world."

Global Crossing claims its carrier services portfolio is strategically positioned to meet the needs of carriers building networks or buying services to meet the needs of their consumer or business customers. Global Crossing sells 2.5- to 10-Gigabit wavelengths, private line circuits, dark fiber, and indefeasible rights to use.

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