Andrés B Bande was elected Chairman of the
Board and CEO of FLAG Telecom in January 1998. FLAG Telecom is a
leading independent global carriers' carrier providing an innovative
range of products and services to over 100 international telecommunications
operators and global Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across a
global company-owned and operated network platform optimized to
support the next generation of IP over optical data networks. By
2002 this network is expected to stretch over 100,000 operational
route kilometres, more than enough to circle the globe twice.
Global telecommunications is one of the fastest
growing industries and FLAG Telecom is well positioned to be the
world leader in the most critical segment of this vital market.
The company remains ahead of its business plans and exceeded 1999
FLAG Telecom listed on Nasdaq and the London Stock
Exchange on 11 February 2000, and trades under the symbols: FTHL
on Nasdaq and FTL in London.
FLAG Telecoms network links all the worlds
main business centres, providing network and capacity services to
our customers. The FLAG network includes four main infrastructure
projects: the privately-financed FLAG Europe-Asia subsea cable,
with 16 operational landing points in 13 countries on three continents;
FLAG Atlantic-1, expected to enter service in March 2001, which
will offer direct city to city connectivity between New York, London
and Paris; FLAG North Asian Loop, a pan-Asian ring cable system,
which will offer unprecedented speed and access to Asian cities
when it enters service in Q2 2001; and FLAG Pacific-1, the longest
transoceanic cable system announced to date which will connect the
Internet hub cities of Tokyo, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles and
San Francisco in 2002.
Before joining FLAG Telecom, Andrés was the
President of Sprint International, and also spent six years as President
of Ameritech International, where he successfully launched the companys
international strategic investment unit and expanded its holdings
to nearly $4bn, with operations through Europe, Asia and the Pacific
Prior to Ameritech, Andrés spent several
years with US West, and from 1976 to 1988, he was president and
co-founder of Teleconsult Inc, an international Telecommunication
Consulting Practice. From 1967 to 1976 Andrés was Special
Advisor: Asia, East/West Europe, Latin America and Africa for the
United Nations in New York.
Andrés is a recognised expert on international
trade, investment and telecommunications and is a frequent speaker
on telecommunications privatisation and finance. He has published
several papers and articles and holds a law degree from the University
of Chile and a masters degree in politics and international
law from Oxford University.