C&W Communications Reaffirms Commitment to The Bahamas

on 09/04/2019 - 06:14 pm

C&W Communications Reaffirms Commitment to The Bahamas

C&W Foundation Earmarks US$500,000 to Provide Relief and Restoration Support to the

Islands Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

MIAMI, FL (September 3

rd, 2019) – C&W Communications (C&W), a Liberty Latin
America company, through its Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (Foundation),
today announced that it has earmarked US$500,000 toward immediate and longer-term
relief and restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane
that devastated parts of The Bahamas. The Foundation has also put out an appeal to
help raise additional funds to support the recovery efforts given the significant damage
reported on the islands.
This past weekend, the north-western Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama
were ravaged by the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in The Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian brought catastrophic damage leaving many homeless and without basic
supplies of food, water and shelter.
As the government and people of The Bahamas come to terms with the devastating news
of the loss of life and widespread destruction to homes and property, C&W
Communications CEO, Inge Smidts, expressed sympathies to the Government and
people of The Bahamas, who have been directly and indirectly affected by this natural
Smidts, who is the Chair of the Foundation is appealing to the public to join the efforts by
supporting a fundraising campaign. “We are urging our customers, employees and
business partners to help us support the people of The Bahamas in this very challenging
time. The donations will go towards the immediate relief effort and long-term rebuilding

Anyone wishing to donate can visit : https://www.cwc.com/live/corporate-
responsibility/cable-wireless-foundation/support-hurricane-dorian-relief.html to make a

Regarding the impact of the hurricane on C&W’s operations, Smidts said, “We are following up
with our teams in Abaco and Grand Bahama to ensure their safety as well as the safety of
everyone on the islands. There are island-wide power outages on both islands and as such,
communications are slow to come in.” Giving an update on the company’s preparations to provide
support, Smidts shared, “We already have a team in place supported by our parent company,
Liberty Latin America, who has been mobilizing efforts to provide relief to Abaco and Grand
Bahama immediately following the “all-clear”. Members of our team will fly out to Abaco and
Grand Bahama to personally check on our team members in those islands, provide care
packages, conduct assessments and determine what further assistance is required.”

Smidts further stated, “We are certainly not out of the woods yet, as Hurricane Dorian is
slowly trekking towards Florida. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees and
customers is always our top priority.” She urged everyone in the path of the hurricane
to “stay safe, keep in touch with friends, family and neighbors and most of all, heed the
warnings issued by the Disaster Management Authorities.”
Notwithstanding the extensive damage on the islands, BTC’s mobile services in some
areas of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Bimini have been compromised.
However, some fixed landlines services are available on those islands. In New
Providence, mobile and landline services are challenged. Due to the loss of commercial
power and excessive flooding, BTC customers in the company’s Fiber-to-the-Home and
recently upgraded MSAN areas may be experiencing landline and internet outages if their
home is not equipped with backup power.
Smidts ended by saying, “Our teams are working around the clock to restore services as
quickly as possible as we know how important it is for families and friends to connect with
each other especially during these trying times. Together we will recover and rebuild. We
stand with the people and Government of The Bahamas.”


About C&W Communications
C&W, part of the Liberty Latin America group of companies, is a full-service
communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video,
broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in more than 20 markets.
Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and
international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing
cloud technology to serve business and government customers. C&W also operates a
state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region.
Media Contact:
Wendy McDonald
About Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation
Cable & Wireless Communications’ commitment to doing business in a responsible and
sustainable way is why we launched the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation
(CWCF). The Foundation is a powerful platform to raise and distribute funds to those in
need across our markets.

Since its launch, the Foundation has raised US$1.5 million, and committed over US$1
million to recognized local, regional and international agencies to execute relief and
recovery projects in eight countries. These projects help communities across Latin
America and the Caribbean to not only recover from crises, but support them in
becoming more resilient when facing similar challenges in the future. 

In addition to the recovery and resiliency work, the CWCF also supports activities that enable progress in communities, as part of our efforts to build stronger communities and nations. Media Contact Denise Williams Denise.williams@cwc.com 305-607-6397


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