Liberty Networks: “We have the largest and most technologically advanced broadband network in the region”

Carmine Sorrentino, Vice President and Chief Commercial and Operations Officer of Liberty Networks, spoke with IT Seller about the company’s development in Latin America and the Caribbean, where they have almost 50,000 km of underwater fiber optic cable and a wide portfolio of business products and services. "We are transforming lives and organizations through technology," he said.

Liberty Networks emerged in 2023 with the union of two telecommunications service brands: C&W Networks and C&W Business. Its parent company is Liberty Latin America, and is currently an infrastructure and business connectivity company.

The company has a large operation in Colombia and central support in approximately 40 countries in the Pan-Caribe, Andina, Mexico, Central America and North America regions, with almost 50,000 kilometers (km) of fiber optic submarine cable and an activated capacity of 28 terabytes. “85% of Latin American traffic is transported through our fiber optic network and we have 7 data centers to offer public cloud and private cloud services,” said Carmine Sorrentino, Vice President and Chief Commercial and Operations Officer, Liberty Networks.

Added to this, Liberty Networks is part of Microsoft’s Direct Cloud Solution Provider program so they can provide Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 services with direct billing and through a Managed Services model. In addition, cybersecurity is one of the company’s priorities, so they have an information security team that works to be aware of the most common attacks and thus prevent them, protecting the most important asset of organizations today: the information.

“At Liberty Networks we take our value offering to the next level, multiplying the transformative effect and maximizing efforts to connect countries with a world full of possibilities”

Liberty Networks’ operation in Latin America

Liberty Networks has continued growth in the region. The wholesale business, which accounts for 70% of the company’s revenues, grew by 8% in the third quarter of last year. For its part, the business, which represents the remaining 30% of that revenue, managed to increase by 14% due to the high demand for connectivity solutions and IT as a service.

“This area presents remarkable growth for our group, with significant opportunities in all our markets, especially in Latin America, where we generally maintain a low market share and limited service penetration,” Sorrentino said.

In addition, Liberty Networks highlights the recent implementation of Taara, a moonshot technology from Google, designed to improve its high-speed data connections. To carry out this project, the company formed a partnership with Gold Data to combine the submarine systems, GD-1 and LN-1. The submarine system is designed to offer two different routes with the shortest latency from Mexico to the US. The U.S. provides additional connectivity between critical data centers in Mexico City, Queretaro and the U.S. as new routes.

“We are transforming lives and organizations through technology, offering customized solutions that combine standard services with value-added features, such as specialized customer support and improved service performance monitoring”

The company’s offering consists of fiber optic technology infrastructure and business products and services, with a full portfolio of IT services and communications to large and medium-sized companies and governments in Latin America. “Our offerings include voice, broadband, enterprise-grade connectivity, network security, unified communications, and a range of cloud-based IT solutions such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and disaster recovery (DRaaS)”explained the Vice President and Chief Commercial and Operations Officer of Liberty Networks.

On the other hand, the interviewee referred to the differentials of Liberty Network in the market and highlighted, first, its extensive network of connectivity. In Colombia they have CFX, the cable with the lowest latency to reach the United States, and their experience has allowed them to understand the needs of the market and develop unique solutions for the entire region.

Secondly, the executive spoke about the company’s human talent. “We have a highly qualified team, with relevant experience and training, which allows us to provide high-level services. In Colombia we have approximately 630 employees, and in Liberty Latin America we have approximately 12,000 employees,” he said.

Finally, Sorrentino highlighted the “transformative purpose” for which they work at Liberty Networks, seeking to transform companies and build a better future. The company’s commitment is focused on driving progress, connecting communities and contributing to the growth of countries.

“With the experience we have gained, we can continue to expand. We are positioned to serve as a regional data center, leveraging hyperscale, edge and low latency trends allied to synergistic B2B and wholesale growth platforms”

Objectives and opportunities for the future

The interviewee analyzed the main trends that dominate the current technological market, and assured that artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G/Edge and cloud computing will be key in the future.

According to Sorrentino, these innovations should not be seen as threats, but rather as opportunities. And they are not just business opportunities, they are tools capable of transforming human interaction and improving lives. “It is key to highlight the importance of advances such as optical laser technology to improve data transmission capacity in the region. Added to this, it is unthinkable to raise these issues without taking into account aspects such as cybersecurity, along with the increase of threats in the region and the growing demand for experts in this field,” said the executive.

In the next 5 years, the company plans to invest US$250 million to expand its terrestrial and maritime network infrastructure, thus growing connectivity, digital access, data centers and business solutions. “We want to expand our fiber optic network and scale in business services, a segment that grows at double digits annually. We see in three Central American countries (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) a huge future opportunity,” concluded the vice president and commercial and operations director of Liberty Networks.