SOURCE: Turin Networks, Inc.

March 08, 2007 06:28 ET

Rapidly Growing Pan-Caribbean Carrier Columbus Communications Deploys Turin's Traverse® and TraverseEdge™ Platforms

Columbus Names Turin Networks as Its Multiservice Metro "Vendor of Choice"

PETALUMA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2007 -- Turin Networks, Inc., a leading global provider of multiservice-powered, metro service edge equipment for wireline, wireless, MSO and private networks, today announced that Columbus Communications, a Barbados-based carrier delivering wholesale and metro access services throughout the Caribbean region, has standardized on Turin's Traverse® and TraverseEdge™ platforms for high-capacity multiservice transport and delivery of new Ethernet and TDM access services.

Columbus Communications has grown rapidly since its founding in 2005, and its properties now include New World Networks Ltd. which is the principal owner and operator of ARCOS, a 10,000km undersea fiber optic network that links the United States with the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica. In addition, Columbus is a competitive provider in Trinidad and Jamaica, where it delivers local cable Internet, television, and voice services while wholesaling TDM and Gigabit Ethernet lines to other providers.

Columbus' vision is to expand metro access services into the Bahamas and other Caribbean nations as a facilities-based, competitive local service provider while maintaining its wholesale transport business throughout the region. To realize this vision, the carrier needed a highly versatile metro transport and service delivery solution that could handle a broad range of network topologies and services. Turin Networks' solution, which included the Traverse and TraverseEdge platforms, proved to be the best for meeting the company's needs.

"We needed to offer high-capacity transport services across our backbone to other service providers in the region along with a full suite of services in our metro access networks, but we also wanted to standardize on a single vendor to simplify network management and administration," said Steve Richard, chief technical officer at Columbus Communications. "Turin stood out as the vendor with the most cohesive solution for delivering the combination of advanced Ethernet and TDM metro access services while also offering the versatility to provide high-capacity transport within either SONET or SDH environments, so they provided an ideal solution for us."

Columbus began deploying Turin's TraverseEdge 206 platform for metro access services in Jamaica in late 2006 and is now expanding into Trinidad. As it gains regulatory approval in other countries such as the Bahamas, the carrier will continue to roll out TraverseEdge platforms. In addition, Columbus has deployed the Traverse Multiservice Transport Switch for international gateway as well as high-capacity transport applications, facilitating delivery of broadband TDM and 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet services to other providers connected to the ARCOS backbone.

"Columbus Communications is riding the wave of change in the Caribbean communications market, and our solution uniquely allows them to increase bandwidth and deliver a broad range of services cost-effectively in multiple markets," said Chris Stark, president of worldwide sales and marketing at Turin Networks. "By moving to a versatile, highly-scalable platform, Columbus Communications is setting the stage for rapid growth in revenues while improving both network and operational efficiencies."

About Columbus Communications

Columbus Communications Inc. is a Barbados-based International Business Corporation that holds investments in retail broadband telecommunication providers based in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad, and wholesale broadband networks throughout 21 countries in the greater Caribbean and Central American region.

Columbus provides strategic direction, private equity, capital market expertise, technical and network architecture design, marketing support, and general management oversight to each of its investments.

Columbus' operating subsidiaries include Cable Bahamas Limited, FibraLink Jamaica Limited, New World Network Ltd., Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited and Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (both operating under the brand Flow). Columbus, Columbus Trinidad, FibraLink, New World Network and Columbus Trinidad are private companies, while Cable Bahamas trades publicly on the Bahamas Securities Exchange.

About Turin Networks

Turin Networks, Inc. is a global provider of multiservice-powered, metro service edge equipment for wireline, wireless, MSO and private networks. Deployed by more than 300 network operators worldwide, Turin's solutions enable the rapid delivery of new Ethernet/IP-based services over a high-capacity packet optimized infrastructure. Turin is headquartered in Petaluma, California and maintains sales offices and R&D facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit or call 707-665-4400.

Turin Networks, the Turin Networks logo, Traverse, TraverseEdge, Traverse PacketEdge, TransAccess, and TransNav are trademarks of Turin Networks, Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.

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    Carol McLean
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    Columbus Communications Inc.