Epik Officially Opens To Serve Latin America
Written by Jonathon Gutierrez on August 23, 2001
By Jonathon Gutierrez
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EPIK Communications, a telecommunications arm of Florida East Coast Industries Inc., established a 4,500-square-foot office at 200 S Biscayne Blvd. for a Latin America sales division.
Orlando-based EPIK runs a 1,850-mile regional fiber-optic network throughout the southeastern US.
"The Latin American market has always been an interest of ours," said Husein Cumber, director of communications. "This is just the first time it’s been formalized. Since day one, since our involvement on the NAP, we’ve always had an interest in Latin America and South America."
He said that the company is expanding into these markets by connecting to submarine cable landing stations in Miami.
"We don’t have the infrastructure for Latin America. But once they come through the cables, they can be routed anywhere throughout the US," Mr. Cumber said.
He said EPIK serves three major markets: local and national Internet carriers, wireless and cellular carriers throughout the Southeast, and international carriers that use undersea fiber-optic lines through Miami.
It became the first company to connect clients through the NAP of the Americas on Aug. 14, Mr. Cumber said.
He said Florida East Coast Industries owes its position to Henry Flagler, who in 1896 completed a 350-mile track between Jacksonville and Miami. Unlike most developers, Flagler kept property rights to land under the tracks and bought adjacent property.
"The company saw the significance of the lands around the railroads, because the railroads really created Florida," said Brian Nicholson, director of investor relations. "So whenever anything became available, they scooped it up."
In 1984, Florida East Coast Industries became a holding company with three subsidiaries – Florida Railway; Flagler Development Co., which handled the company’s real estate holdings, and Florida Express Carriers, a trucking firm.
In 1998, the telecommunications company Qwest approached Florida East Coast Industries for permission to install fiber-optic cable conduit alongside the track. The company agreed, with the stipulation that Qwest give it three lines. Florida East Coast Industries kept two for its own use and used one to acquire from Williamson Communications of Tulsa a fiber-optic line from Miami to Tampa and Orlando. Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2001 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketing Solutions