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March 04, 2013

Columbus International Acquires Kelcom

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Barbados-based Columbus International is acquiring Kelcom International Limited and some of its related companies. Columbus is a diversified telecommunications provider serving the Caribbean, Central America and Andean region. This acquisition will strengthen Columbus’s position as a triple play service provider in the Caribbean.

Columbus specializes in the delivery of digital cable television, broadband Internet, digital landline telephony services to residential and business markets spanning 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Brendan Paddick, chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus said, “The acquisition of Kelcom marks another important milestone for Columbus as we expand our service footprint to deliver our brand of services across the Caribbean region.”

This acquisition is the fifth significant transaction and third acquisition that Columbus has made this past year. This addition will help the company scale its operations besides greatly enhancing the telecommunications capabilities and infrastructure in the region, said officials.

The acquired company ,Kelcom is a privately held company that operates under the name Karib Cable. It is a cable system operator serving the regions covering St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua.

Kelcom also holds many telecom licenses in Barbados where it is deploying its network presently. Kelcom’s fiber-deep HFC cable systems connect 110,000 homes and about 60,000 customers are able to benefit from cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services, added officials.

“We believe that this is an exciting opportunity to build upon Kelcom’s past successes to offer a truly world-class suite of services and technologies to the people and businesses of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua. We look forward to welcoming Kelcom, its customers and its approximately 250 talented professionals into the Columbus family,” added Paddick.

This acquisition will enable Columbus to expand its retail operations to eight countries across the region. It will be catering to the needs of over 750,000 households and businesses serving more than 500,000 retail customers.  

In related company news, Sigma Systems recently announced that its Sigma Cloud ServiceBroker will be used by Columbus International for provisioning and managing delivery of SaaS (News - Alert) and IaaS services to its (SMB) customers.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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