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Undersea network improvements to benefit carriers in US, the Americas and Caribbean

MORRISTOWN, NJ - January 29, 2007 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, announced today it expects to complete the multi-million dollar project that will enhance the performance of the ARCOS network operated by Miami-based New World Network as scheduled. Tyco Telecommunications is installing and burying new double-armor, high-strength fiber optic cable off the coasts of several Central and South American countries.  Pending final permit clearances, Tyco Telecommunications expects to complete installation in April 2007, as originally committed.
“Nine months ago we embarked on a series of network improvements that bring us closer to achieving the high service standards that our Parent Company, Columbus Communications, demands of its business units,” said Paul W. Scott, president of New World Network. “We appreciate the support and understanding from our customers as we transform ARCOS into the premier regional fiber optic network, and are pleased with the solid performance from Tyco Telecommunications. We regard Tyco Telecommunications as a strategic vendor-partner for improving ARCOS and enabling our growth and expansion in the Pan Caribbean-Americas region.”
 Columbus Communications, which acquired New World Network in September 2005, has been investing heavily to expand and improve the ARCOS undersea fiber optic network.  Most major communications companies in the Pan-Caribbean Region use the ARCOS network for their growing Internet data transport and backhaul.
“Though this project has been difficult because of challenging winter weather conditions at sea, our team has remained determined to deliver the project, as committed,” said David Coughlin, president of Tyco Telecommunications.  “We are pleased that we have made excellent progress. What’s more, as we complete phases of the project, we are steadily improving the ARCOS network’s resiliency and reliability.”
  “Based on our engineering analysis of the work we were tasked to perform, we are confident these undersea network improvements will substantially improve performance of the ARCOS network,” added Frank Cuccio, vice president of marine operations for Tyco Telecommunications.
Tyco Telecommunications’ extensive knowledge and experience in undersea cable engineering, construction, repair and maintenance practices throughout the world is evidenced by a recent contract award to construct an 18,000 km system from Oregon, to Qingdao and Chongming in China, with landings in Tanshui, Taiwan, and Keoje, South Korea.

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.

Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed numerous undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide. For more information visit www.tycotelecom.com.

About New World Network
New World Network is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus Communications Inc., based in Bridgetown, Barbados.  New World Network, a 94 percent owner and principal operator of the Americas Region Caribbean Optical-ring System (ARCOS), is a wholesale services provider that offers advanced, high-speed bandwidth capacity to telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers. With more than 10,000 kilometers of undersea fiber optic network, the Company’s ARCOS network, combined with Columbus affiliate company sub-sea networks in Bahamas (Caribbean Crossings) and Jamaica (Fibralink) are the leading undersea broadband fiber-optic cable networks connecting the U.S., Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. New World Network’s Website is www.nwncable.com.  Telephone:  1-786-274-7400.


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