Ericsson expands C&W Caribbean and Panama networks

18 October 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


After teaming up with Ericsson, C&W Communications has finished a complete network expansion of its operations in the Caribbean and Panama, addressing increasing data traffic demands by boosting speeds and network performance.

C&W, now part of Liberty Global, had announced in August that it had signed agreements with Ericsson and Cisco to install three IP Caribbean networks that will serve as a backbone for IPTV services, fixed operations and business-to-business (B2B) services.

The expansion includes hardware, software, licensing and services for C&W brands FLOW (Caribbean), BTC (Bahamas) and CWP (Panama). All C&W markets in the region will have access to software upgrades and the opportunity to migrate to the Ericsson Software Model.

“Ericsson is committed to providing C&W Communications with excellence in end-user satisfaction and delivering best-in-class results. In the journey that we envision undertaking with C&W, Ericsson will provide solid guidance and support throughout all of the project’s critical phases, enabling C&W to provide its customers with the best in mobile connectivity solutions,” said Clayton Cruz, vice president of Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean.

To meet increasing traffic demands, C&W’s network expansion increases site capacity, improves the performance of the existing network through hardware and software upgrades, facilitates the implementation of carrier aggregation, and allows for the addition of small cells.

Carlo Alloni, executive vice president and CTIO of C&W Communications, added: “We are happy to once again partner with Ericsson in this network expansion project across all of our markets.”

The news comes after last month’s announcement that C&W Networks had extended its pan-Caribbean partnership with TE SubCom by signing an agreement to complete an immediate 100G capacity upgrade agreement to the ECLink cable system.