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[May 30, 2012]

Transtelco Flourishes on Border [El Paso Times, Texas]

(El Paso Times (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) May 30--In just under 12 years, Transtelco Inc. has grown rapidly as a border telecommunications company.

It started its first fiber-optic cable operations 11 years ago in Juarez, and expanded to El Paso in 2003.

Today, the El Paso-based company oversees 2,500 miles of fiber-optic cable on the U.S.-Mexico border, and its network continues to grow. It provides transport, direct Internet access, voice and collocation solutions for carrier and enterprise customers over a next-generation platform.

Edgar Mosti, Transtelco's vice president of wholesale sales, said the company serves a variety of customers, such as "wholesale and other service providers and companies, enterprise companies and governments." Transtelco says its philosophy of "simplified communications" allows its clients to focus on their core business while the company solves their telecommunications issues.

The company's CEO-President Miguel Fernandez Jr. is an up-and-coming businessman. In 2009, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce inducted Fernandez into its Technology Hall of Fame, which recognizes information technology visionaries.

Fernandez is also on the board of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, and he told the city that he plans to turn a Downtown building into a high-end hotel. He is a great-grandson of the late Juarez magnate Tomas Fernandez, an influential businessman.

Miguel Gamino, director of the city of El Paso's Information Technology Department, said that virtually all city departments benefit from Transtelco's work.

Six years ago, Transtelco picked up a leasing and maintenance contract with the city that was worth up to $4 million, and recently renegotiated the contract terms.

"It is an infrastructure company, and their work is similar to the construction of a real estate project," Gamino said. "They made the initial investment to install their fiber-optical cable with more fiber strands than they needed in the hopes of leasing the extra fiber strands in the future.

"They absorbed the capital expense, the same as someone who builds a shopping center might do, hoping to recoup the investment later." Gamino said other companies such as AT&T and Time Warner may be considered competitors of Transtelco.

The city leases 144 optical fiber strands for high-speed connectivity from Transtelco, and the company leases and pays for the use of the city's Stanton Street Bridge for its cross-border cable.

Fiber-optic cables contain fiber-optic lines, which are strands of pure glass that can carry digital information rapidly over long distances.

Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at; 546-6140.Information: Transtelco highlights 2001: Establishes its operations in Juarez.

2003: Begins operations at 500 W. Overland in El Paso; offers services on both sides of the border.

2005: Mexican federal government grants the company a local telephony concession for Mexico.

2006: Begins operations as a full-service telecommunications service provider; expands to Baja California and California; finishes its Juarez-Chihuahua long-haul route.

2010: Begins operations in three new markets in Northern Mexico.

2011: Acquires a long-distance concession for Mexico.

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