Cable & Wireless regulatory chief appointed chair of CANTO, Carribbean region's leading ICT trade association

Feb. 4, 2019
Cox stressed that he will be seeking to diversify CANTO’s content and actively seek new members who are leaders in the field of ICT and technology. 

David Cox, head of regulatory affairs for Cable & Wireless Communications, has been announced as the new chairman of CANTO, one of the leading Caribbean organizations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) / Telecommunications industry. Cox was elected unopposed at CANTO’s 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The company last held the office of CANTO chairman in 2010.

In his inaugural address to the CANTO members, Cox got right down to business as he stated his two major objectives as chairman of CANTO. “First, continuity is important," he said. "We should strive to promote some continuity with what we’ve been doing the last few years. I think CANTO is fundamentally on the right track and I want to build on the good work CANTO has been doing. Second, my mission will be to help CANTO grow. I see CANTO as the premier institution of its type for the region. I believe we can become the largest and most influential forum for everything related to the Caribbean and technology and we’re going to make sure CANTO is around for another 35 years.”

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Cox stressed that he will be seeking to diversify CANTO’s content and actively seek new members who are leaders in the field of ICT and technology. With the support of the board he added that he is confident that his goals will be achieved.

Cox further stated, “This is an amazing opportunity and I am truly honoured to be elected CANTO’s new chairman representing Cable & Wireless Communications. CANTO is an organization with huge potential and I am excited about the chance to shape its future. I think we have great talent on the board and we will work together to advance the regional ICT industry and by extension enable the growth and development to strengthen economies.” He ended his speech by thanking outgoing chairman, Julian Wilkins, for his leadership of the board.

Inge Smidts, CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications, said of the company’s election as chair, “C&W believes that CANTO provides an excellent forum for operators in the Caribbean and Latin America to work on common problems and identify common solutions in the ICT policy sphere. We are excited by David’s elevation to the chairmanship of CANTO and we look forward to working with all of its membership to advance the mission of improving lives through ICT.”

Cox will be supported by nine board members including Melesia Sutherland-Campbell Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs for Cable & Wireless, who was re-elected to the board for a third term.

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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 18 countries. 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. Learn more at

CANTO is recognized as the leading trade association of the ICT sector for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit association of 8 telephone operating companies, CANTO has now grown to over 130 members in more than 33 countries. A board of directors appointed by the membership directs policy of the association. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent secretariat based in Trinidad and Tobago.

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