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Digicel Leads Project To Deliver High-Capacity Undersea Cable To Haiti

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Digicel is participating in a project to deploy a submarine telecoms cable linking its network in Haiti to the rest of the Caribbean region, boosting capacity in the post earthquake society.

Digicel is funding the entire project. Marine services for the project will be provided by the co-contractor, IT International Telecom. Columbus Networks will own, operate and manage the Fibralink Extension after it is completed.

The earthquake in January 2010 damaged or destroyed much of Haiti's communications infrastructure - including the country's only other subsea cable link which, to date, has not been sufficiently reactivated and secured against risk of impact from future seismic events. As a result, the Haitian population and the Haitian economy have suffered from the lack of high-capacity broadband connectivity.

Digicel Group Director of International Business, Conor Clarke, said; "For more than two years now, Haiti's recovery has been hindered by the lack of reliable high-capacity broadband connections with the rest of the world. With the delivery of this critical undersea cable, the people of Haiti will see a truly dramatic improvement in the range and quality of communications services available."

Alcatel-Lucent originally deployed the FibraLink system owned by Columbus Networks which provides coastal and terrestrial connectivity from Kingston to Ocho Rios and Montego Bay in Jamaica with direct connectivity to the US by integrating it into other parts of the Columbus Networks infrastructure.

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