Q&A: Paul Scott, president, C&W

15 February 2016 |

C&W completed its multi-billion merger with Columbus International last year which enabled the complete integration of its subsea and terrestrial networks. Paul Scott, president of C&W, tells Capacity how it plans to build on that momentum in 2016.

What have been the highlights for C&W in the Caribbean in the past year?

In 2015 C&W Networks carrier ecosystem has been further expanded with both the integration of the recently activated, state of the art 6,000km Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) and major upgrades of several of our other key submarine fiber systems. These investments are essential to meet the rapid growth in broadband capacity demands from consumer and business Internet services, carrier Ethernet, MPLS services, TV content services and Mobile data. Furthermore, these developments have further enabled our unmatched scale and reach in the region that now spans some 48,000km of subsea network and 42 countries.


Additionally, during 2015 C&W Communications completed a $3.025 billion merger with Columbus International Inc. enabling the full integration of the respective subsea and terrestrial networks, including, importantly, the expansive terrestrial fiber networks of subsidiary retail companies Flow, Lime, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), and Cable & Wireless-Panama (CWP). This monumental merger brings together two complimentary businesses that combined, have the assets, managerial and technical competencies and financial capacity, to lead the region in telecom, ICT innovation and network evolution.

We intend to keep expanding our business and service capabilities with Global Carriers to meet their growing demands from their multinational corporation customers. Additionally we will continue to extend our terrestrial core networks to other cities, commercial zones in order to better serve our customers. 

What markets are of most interest for C&W in the region and why?

We will continue to expand our network reach throughout the Andean region of South America along with Mexico and in the future Cuba.

What are your strategic priorities for the region in 2016?

Our top priorities this year is to continue to extend our network reach, coverage & capabilities. A key part of our past and onward success in wholesale is to continually seek ways to extend the number of countries, cities, regions and service capabilities of our wholesale network ecosystem. In 2016 we will be delivering wholesale services into the new market of Lima, Peru and greatly expand our reach and service capabilities into Mexico, particularly the Yucatan region (Maya Riviera).

What do you hope to achieve by attending Capacity Caribbean 2016?

We love to come to the Capacity Caribbean meet with our customers and hear what their needs are to keep enabling them to growth their businesses. We salute the Capacity Team for their past and ongoing success in providing a vibrant, relevant and productive conference for our industry.