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C&W Says It Is Ready For 2023 Hurricane Season


Inge Smidts, Chief Executive Officer, C&W Communications

C&W Communications, operators of the Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business, and BTC brands in the Caribbean, has confirmed the readiness of its hurricane preparations across the region ahead of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.


Although early hurricane forecasts from Colorado State University and The Weather Company are predicting a slightly lower than average number of named storms in 2023, they also indicate that there is increased uncertainty in the prediction models due to other mitigating factors.


Data has confirmed the end of the three-year weather pattern known as La Niňa, which is a cooling of equatorial Pacific waters, and show that these waters are now warming, which will give rise to the re-emergence of the weather effect known as El Niňo.


The changing weather patterns, in addition to continued warming in the Atlantic, are driving the increased uncertainty in creating reliable predictions for the season. Considering this, C&W Communications has ensured that its normal precautionary measures to safeguard its employees, customers, and operations are in a state of readiness for the Hurricane Season.


“We are proud of our track record of maintaining reliable connections across the Caribbean. Our teams are finalizing simulation exercises and the readiness of our networks to ensure that nothing is left to chance,” said Inge Smidts, Chief Executive Officer, C&W Communications.


The company also utilizes a state-of-the-art subsea network, which is one of the most secure subsea cable systems in the Western Hemisphere, with increased redundancy added by incorporating alternative routes for data and mobile traffic in the event of an emergency.


“Our investments in the added redundancy capabilities in our sub-sea network, and our strategically placed data centers located outside of the hurricane belt, continue to provide an additional layer of protection for connectivity in the region,” added Smidts.


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