Columbus Communications, which acquired Saint Lucian cable company Karib Cable in March 2013, plans to launch faster high speed internet services on the island next month. Local newspaper The Voice reports that Columbus Communications Saint Lucia – operating under the brand Flow – will begin offering maximum down/upload connection speeds of 100Mbps/10Mbps on 1 August. According to Columbus Saint Lucia manager Jesse Edwards, existing customers will see the speed of their current broadband subscription plan doubled at no additional cost. The company is investing around XCD10 million (USD3.68 million) in the phased upgrade of its cable network across the entire island and earlier this year signed up its 13,000th broadband customer.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Barbados-based telecoms group Columbus International signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kelcom International’s Karib Cable operations in Saint Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbados in March 2013. Columbus is a privately held company providing digital cable television, broadband internet and digital landline telephony in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao under the Flow brand, and corporate data and cloud-based services under its Columbus Business Solutions wing. Upon completion of the transaction one month later, Columbus’ retail triple-play services spanned eight countries across the Caribbean region, passing more than 750,000 households and businesses and serving in excess of 500,000 retail customers.