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AT&T ANNOUNCES NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FIBER OPTIC CABLE FOR CARIBBEAN

AT&T ANNOUNCES NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FIBER OPTIC CABLE FOR CARIBBEAN
 MIAMI, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T today announced that the quality and reliability of communications in the Caribbean will be enhanced when a new state-of-the-art fiber optic cable is completed this fall.
 AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Telefonica Larga Distancia of Puerto Rico and US Sprint are partners on the new $17-million "Taino-Carib" system -- named for Indians who originally inhabited the islands -- that will link Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Tortola.
 "The fiber optic cable will have as much capacity as any cable system in the world," said Barry Johnson, regional manager-corporate affairs for AT&T in Miami. "The enhanced capacity and improved quality will make doing business in the Caribbean easier and will offer new telecommunications services for consumers and businesses."
 The cable, 112 miles in length, will extend from Isla Verde and Miramar in Puerto Rico through a branching unit to Magens Bay, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), and Chalwell Station, Tortola (British Virgin Islands).
 Specifically designed for short distances, the new AT&T Bell Laboratories-designed cable is half the diameter of existing transoceanic cables and consists of six repeaterless fiber pairs. Each of the fiber pairs will operate at 560 megabits per second, resulting in a total capacity equivalent to about 225,000 simultaneous phone calls.
 The Taino-Carib system will serve as a key link in a larger Caribbean undersea cable network slated for communication channels between the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and Europe.
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