Cayman Islands’ incumbent telco LIME Cayman Islands has announced that MAYA-1 cable system, which provides international bandwidth capacity to the island, has suffered a shunt fault on Segment Six, located between the system’s landing station at Half Moon Bay and Repeater One (Line Amplifier) in Cayman, with 34% of the country’s international circuits down as a result. According to a company’s press release, ‘the failure is preventing local power feeding units from reaching their operating output levels and forcing them into shutdown mode despite numerous attempts to restore them’. LIME is also working with the MAYA-1 Consortium to reconfigure the system in an attempt to power-feed the cable from Miami. The process will require a complete system outage and will be attempted at midnight on 30 July 2013. LIME also stated that the company tried to restore as much traffic as possible via the Cayman-Jamaica Fibre system, although subscribers may still encounter intermittent issues with international voice calls, broadband and roaming services.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Cayman Islands is served by two submarine cables; the 870km 2.5Gbps Cayman-Jamaica Fibre system operated by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) went live in 1997, connecting Cayman Brac and Half Moon Bay (Grand Cayman) with Kingston in Jamaica. In 2000 a second submarine cable system – MAYA-1 – went into operation, providing services to the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia. The MAYA-1 cable is co-owned by CWC, Verizon Business, Tata Communications, AT&T, Sprint, Hondutel, CANTV, Telefonica, BT, Orbitel and MarcaTel.