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Columbus Networks selects Coriant 100G solution for strategic network upgrade

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Columbus Networks selects Coriant 100G solution for strategic network upgrade

Future-proof Coherent Optical Transport Solution Meets Growing Demand for Agile Service Capacity

MUNICH, Germany, October 29, 2013 – Coriant, a global supplier of future-proof optical transport solutions, announced today that Columbus Networks, the wholesale telecommunications brand of Columbus International Inc., has selected Coriant’s coherent 100G solution to expand its network and provide the flexible foundation for enhanced broadband service offerings. The strategic network upgrade, based on Coriant’s industry-leading hiT 7300 intelligent transport platform, includes deployment of multiple 100G optical transmission links designed to support growing demand for capacity in Columbus Networks’ Florida Transport Network, the company’s main U.S. backbone network.

Columbus Networks, with its joint venture partner CWC Wholesale Solutions, operates the largest subsea multi-ring fiber-optic network connecting the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the United States, with more than 42,000 miles of subsea fiber. The hiT 7300 platform allows for superior reliability and scalability of international wholesale capacity bandwidth services, corporate data applications, and data center hosting to telecommunications companies and Internet service providers across 42 countries. Meeting the challenge of staying ahead of the performance curve, the Coriant 100G solution ensures Columbus Networks enjoys a disruption-free multi-terabit upgrade path for its core US backbone infrastructure. Coriant’s 100G solution delivers massive performance gains and predictive control over ongoing operational costs to meet increasing demand for flexible broadband connectivity. This demand is driven by dynamic high-bandwidth applications and services, including cloud computing, data center connectivity, LTE, and high-definition video.

According to Peter Collins, chief technology officer of Columbus Networks, “We continue to invest in strategic networking technologies that best enable us to meet our customers’ ongoing demands, and to ensure that their end-user customers enjoy a superior broadband experience. The Coriant solution allows us to increase the capacity and resilience of our critical US backbone infrastructure and leverages proven technology to cost-effectively scale from legacy 10G and 40G waves, to 100G and beyond on the same platform.”

Optimized for high-capacity, low-latency transmission in multi-haul optical networking environments, the Coriant hiT 7300 platform combines future-proof coherent optical transmission with Intelligent Optical Control, the industry’s most advanced software-defined service management and control capabilities that enable network operators to rapidly deploy service capacity and significantly reduce operational cost and complexity as networks scale.

“We are pleased to be a strategic partner of Columbus Networks to help them advance the capabilities of their DWDM backbone network with best-in-class 100G technology,” said Herbert Merz, president and CEO, Coriant. “Our revolutionary vision for software-enabled, end-to-end optical networks, combined with a proven heritage of engineering excellence, places Coriant in a unique position to offer compelling customer solutions that deliver immediate CapEx and OpEx savings while future-proofing networks for long-term growth.”

About Columbus

Columbus International Inc. is a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados.  The Company provides digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao under the brand name FLOW and in St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua under the brand name Karib Cable. Columbus also provides corporate data and cloud based services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks in a joint venture with CWC Wholesale Solutions provides capacity & IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Visit www.columbus.co.

About Coriant

Coriant, founded as an independent company in 2013, is a leading supplier of future-proof optical transport, packet/optical switching and aggregation, and software-defined service control and management solutions to Tier 1 service providers worldwide. Coriant’s products and solutions enable fixed line and mobile network operators to reduce operational complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization as transport networks scale in response to a new generation of high-bandwidth services and applications. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Coriant has R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal and the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art production center in Berlin, Germany. Learn more at www.coriant.com.

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