LIME to lay cable to open up new Caribbean market

| 24/09/2010

(CNS): Local telecommunications firm LIME has announced its planned installation of a new undersea cable system linking the western Caribbean, Jamaica & Cayman Islands, to the Dominican Republic — what it described as a key market in the region – before landing in the east in the British Virgin Islands.The new “East-West” cable, as it has been named, will deliver increased regional and international capacity, in addition to furnishing an additional route to serve LIME’s carrier customers in North and Latin America, the firm stated in a release. 

 Commercial operations are expected to start by early 2011 and LIM said the landing of the cable in the Dominican Republic will position LIME as an alternative solution providerin a market that is largely underserved. 
 It said the direct benefits to LIME’s operations in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgins Islands will be derived from growth in the wholesale markets.  “The Caribbean is a major traffic corridor between South America and the major Internet, content and carrier hubs in the Unites States – acknowledged as one of the fastest growing inter-continental routes in the world today,” LIME stated.
The company also explained that the East-West cable will enable its Jamaica operations to meet the rising demand for high-speed bandwidth.  The added diversity and resilience provided by the new undersea cable brings a strong second connection to the Internet by way of the CBUS cable in New York – a vital connection in the event of an issue on the current Maya connection to Miami.
As increased broadband speeds (8Mb or more) become more popular across the world, the East-West Cable is designed to provide greater international cable resiliency, meet the expected Internet demand required to support growing customer needs and facilitate the expansion in Internet penetration in the Caribbean Region, particularly in the Dominican Republic, the firm revealed.
It will also reduce the dependency, of LIME, on the Miami/USA cable system for high speed Internet bandwidth, and provides direct connectivity to Central & South America via the Jamaican connection.
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