Liberty Global Boca Raton Cable Landing Station (Boca Raton CLS) is located at 6520 W Rogers Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33487, USA.
The Boca Raton CLS is the terminal station for the Colombia-Florida Subsea Fiber (CFX-1) cable system, originally constructed and owned by Columbus Networks, currently owned by Liberty Latin America (Liberty Latam).
The Boca Raton CLS is also the cable landing station for the Bahamas Internet Cable System (BICS), owned by Caribbean Crossings.
The Boca Raton CLS is constructed to withstand sustained Category 5 hurricane-level storms with winds of more than 160 miles an hour. Exterior walls are constructed with 12-inch concrete blocks with three-quarter-inch reinforced steel bars in every cell and filled with high-strength concrete. The building is equipped with battery backup systems along with dual 500-kilowatts power generators, high-performance redundant air conditioners, latest fire prevention, detection and suppression systems, video surveillance and state of the art security systems.
The CFX-1 cable system is a 2,400-kilometer undersea fiber optic cable, connecting Boca Raton in the United States, Morant Point in Jamaica, and Cartagena in Colombia.
The BICS cable system connects Boca Raton, Florida and Hawksbill, Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas. Luanched in 2000, the BICS cable system comprises of 12 fiber pairs and a capacity of 2.5 Gbps per fiber pair, and ultimate network capacity of 30 Gbps.
Columbus Networks was a wholesale communications service provider that offers advanced, high-speed bandwidth capacity to telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers. Columbus Networks was the 94 percent owner and principal operator of the Americas Region Caribbean Optical-ring System (ARCOS). With more than 14,000 kilometers of undersea fiber optic cable, including its affiliate companies, Caribbean Crossing (The Bahamas) and Fibralink (Jamaica), Columbus Networks is the largest subsea transport company connecting the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Columbus Networks is an affiliate of Columbus Communications, both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Columbus International Inc.
Caribbean Crossings, a Bahamas corporation, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable Bahamas Ltd. (Cable Bahamas), also a Bahamas corporation. Cable Bahamas is owned 32.25% by Columbus Communications Ltd., a Bahamas corporation and 20% by the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas as a beneficial owner, with nominee Bahamas Electricity Corp. responsible for 10% of Cable Bahamas shares and nominee Bahamas Telecommunications Corp. responsible for the other 10%.
In November 2014, Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (“CWC”) completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Columbus International Inc. CWC was the monopoly incumbent in British colonies of the Caribbean and the main supplier of communication in the British South Atlantic.
In May 2016, Liberty Global acquired Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (“CWC”) in a transaction valued at approximately $7.4 billion on an enterprise value basis. Following the split of Liberty Latin America from Liberty Global in 2018, CWC became owned by Liberty Latin America.
It should be also noted, Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (“CWC”) was formed when Cable & Wireless plc demerged in 2010 to form two companies, the other being Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (informally Cable & Wireless) which was acquired by Vodafone in July 2012.