Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of carrier systems and communications software solutions, today announced that Columbus Networkshas deployed Metaswitch Media Gateways and the MetaSphere Call Feature and Application Server for its new voice service operations in Panama.

Operating in more than 21 countries, Columbus Networks is a telecommunications company whose business is providing high-speed internet access‚ digital telephone and internet services. In addition, Columbus operates an undersea fiber optic network offering high-bandwidth, high-capacity transport of telecom services and inter-connection to operators in the Caribbean, Andean and Central American regions.

Columbus Network de Panama provides business data communications and high-speed Internet access to the corporate market and — through this new voice service — Hosted IP PBX, SIP trunking and unified messaging. Columbus plans to bring this business model to other markets as well, leveraging the flexibility of MetaSphere to “mix and match” enhanced features for competitive advantage in specific markets.

“We are committed to the construction of world class technical infrastructure and systems. Metaswitch offers us the cutting-edge IP-based unified communications technology needed to complete our state-of-the-art systems,” said Luciano Ramos, Director of Advanced Network Services at Columbus Communications. “We are impressed with the capabilities, efficiency and responsiveness of their support team.”

“Through the years Columbus has been a leader in the industry, offering the latest in communication services,” said René Méndez, Metaswitch vice president for the Caribbean and Latin America. “Once again they are leading with truly converged solutions for their subscribers, a major new trend in the region.”

About Columbus Networks Columbus Networks is a wholesale communications service provider that offers advanced, high-speed bandwidth capacity to telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers. Columbus Networks is the largest subsea fiber optic communications company connecting the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The company's undersea fiber optic networks span more than 18,000 kilometers of cable routes including Americas Region Caribbean Optical-ring System (ARCOS-1), Colombia — Florida Express (CFX), EC-Link cable system, Fibralink and Maya. Columbus Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus Communications based in Bridgetown, Barbados. Columbus Networks is based in North Miami, Florida. The company's website is Telephone: 1-786-274-7400.

About Metaswitch Networks Metaswitch Networks is a leading provider of the technologies and solutions that are powering the migration of communications networks to open, next-generation architectures. Hundreds of network operators worldwide depend on its reliable, scalable carrier systems solutions, while its high performance, fault-tolerant software technologies are licensed by all the world's leading communications equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit