Cable Bahamas to provide high-quality IP telephony services

Nassau, Bahamas – 28 July 2011

Selects Nokia Siemens Networks’ platforms and services to launch voice over cable

Cable Bahamas, the leading cable and broadband service provider in the Bahamas, will soon be the first in the islands to offer high-quality, attractively priced IP telephony service over cable networks. The company has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ voice over cable (VoC) softswitch platform to roll out the services.

“We are seeing an increased demand for converged communications services among our subscribers,” said Tony Butler, chief executive officer and president, Cable Bahamas. “As we move forward to offer these services, it’s important that we can promise reliability and superior quality. As a leading provider of softswitch solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks was a great choice to bolster our network infrastructure in order to provide consistently good voice services.”

“Convergence is a big opportunity for communications service providers, not only because it opens the way for new revenues, but also because of the substantial cost savings it brings through optimization of existing networks,” said Michael Jakob, head of business development for the Caribbean at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We aim to help service providers bring a variety of personalized, high-quality services to end users, regardless of the device or network they are using to access those services.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its market-leading hiQ 8000 softswitch platform, which forms a foundation for high-quality voice services and enables Cable Bahamas to scale its deployment of next generation applications. The platform also allows the operator to locate network nodes in a more optimized way and employ geographic redundancy, ensuring uninterrupted service by deploying softswitches in Nassau and Freeport.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its hiQ 4300 business communications platform to support business services such as IP Centrex and web-based subscriber self-care, allowing the integration of voice services into existing office or web applications.

Cable Bahamas is expected to launch its fixed line voice service in August 2011.

About Cable Bahamas

Cable Bahamas provides world-class cable television services, international data communications, web hosting, business continuity and high-speed Broadband services over its high tech broadband network to residents and businesses on 16 islands in The Bahamas under the product name of REV. With revenues exceeding $85 million, the company has built a state-of-the art broadband network consisting of a Hybrid Fiber Coax used for all broadband services, video and High Speed Data and a direct fiber network for Ethernet and TDM based services. Today, CBL is wholly owned by over 2,000 Bahamians and the Government of The Bahamas. In addition, the company created the Cable Cares Foundation and has awarded over $1.7 million to local Bahamian non-profits organizations. In October 2009, CBL received a 15-year license from the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) that allows the Company to provide any type of network or carriage communications services inclusive of voice, video, and data services. In May 2011, CBL acquired SRG/IndiGO to become the first Triple Play provider in The Bahamas.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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