Columbus Communications

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Columbus Communications
Industry Mobile telecommunications, television, landline telephone services
Founded 2004
Headquarters Barbados
Key people
Brendan Paddick, CEO
Parent Cable & Wireless Communications

Columbus Communications is a cable television, telephone and Broadband speed Internet service provider. Operating as a regional media company, Columbus is currently financially based in Barbados and provides services in Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The company's operations in the Antigua and Barbuda is branded as Karib Cable, while its operations in other countries are branded as Flow. The company formerly held a 71% share in Cable Bahamas, before divesting of that holding in 2010.


Columbus entered the Curaçao retail market in January 2010 through the acquisition of Curaçao Cable TV NV, a fledgling start up that held video and internet concessions, but had yet to reach the commercial stage.[1]

By the fall of 2010, a new fully digital video head end was constructed; providing Flow customers access to more than 250 video and audio channels‚ by far the most comprehensive television service in Curaçao. In addition, Flow offers residential broadband internet packages ranging from an entry-level service of 5 Mbit/s up to 100 Mbit/s. In partnership with its sister company, Columbus Business Solutions, they also provide a range of corporate data services including data storage, disaster recovery, IP services, hosting and business continuity services.[2]

The company was then officially acquired by Cable & Wireless Communications, the parent company of another fellow telecommunications company in the Caribbean, named LIME. The cost of the acquisition was USD $1.85 Billion dollars.[3]

The company has now become a fully owned entity of CWC. FLOW has now become the consumer-facing brand for the new company in Barbados, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago (brand refresh) and Montserrat (as of November 2015) offering quad-play services (mobile, fixed voice, fixed home broadband and television). The company has also announced plans to its already ongoing upgrades to its mobile network (formerly part of LIME) entailing rollouts of LTE (already rolled out in The Cayman Islands) and DC-HSPA+ wireless access technologies in select markets (both are slated for rollout in Barbados and Jamaica), further upgrades to HSPA+ 21 in Jamaica and much more. The rollout of the new brand is ongoing and will continue throughout the course of 2015-2016.

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