New IXP to improve Internet infrastructure in French-speaking Caribbean

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The challenge has obtained funding from the INTERREG Caraïbes programme, co-funded by the European Regional Improvement Fund of the European Union. The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is coordinating the challenge, with the Caribbean Community Operators Group (CaribNOG) offering help on the regional stage.

The challenge’s total goal is to create an economically viable broadband Web community and to facilitate the trade of Web site visitors among the many French-speaking territories and different Caribbean jurisdictions. The challenge is predicted to run till October.

“The collaboration between the CTU, native community operators and different regional stakeholders will produce tangible advantages to your complete citizenry of Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy and Guadeloupe. In line with the priorities of the INTERREG program, the CaribIX challenge goals to enhance entry to important Web infrastructure and in so doing create an surroundings for fostering social and financial improvement within the islands,” mentioned Mr Gilles Bazajet, Director of the INTERREG Caraïbes programme secretariat.

Among the many key stakeholders are challenge companions in Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy respectively.

“In Guadeloupe, the CaribIX challenge represents our continued dedication to constructing out Web infrastructure that contributes to the digitization of the island. The institution of an Web trade level in Guadeloupe will assist enhance native routing of the island’s Web site visitors, strengthen on-island community resilience and facilitate the event of a brand new digital financial system,” mentioned Mr. Jean Claude Nelson, ninth Vice President of Région Guadeloupe.

“In Saint Martin, the CaribIX challenge goals to create a digital bridge to current web infrastructure in Sint Maarten, to facilitate inter-island site visitors trade,” mentioned Omar Morales, Chef de Mission, Worldwide Relations and Cooperation, INTERREG Caraïbes.

“In Saint Barthélemy, the CaribIX challenge will assist enhance native routing of community site visitors thus enhancing the expertise of the island’s customers of Web and telecommunications companies ,” mentioned Pascal Peuchot, Adjunct Director, Technical Companies, Innovation, Power Transition and Digitisation, Collectivité de Saint Barthélemy.

The CTU will present technical steerage on establishing and working web trade factors in all three territories.

“With COVID-related public well being measures affecting many points of on a regular basis life, the institution of IXPs can even play a major position within the environment friendly and cost-effective supply of presidency companies comparable to e-health and e-education.   IXPs additionally lay a foundation for accelerated digital transformation, together with digital entrepreneurship and the event of an area content material trade,” mentioned Mr. Gary Kalloo, CTU Director of Enterprise Improvement.

“The CaribIX challenge is poised so as to add worth to the broader area. These new web trade factors in Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy will complement these current in the remainder of the Caribbean. The institution of an IXP in every of the French nations will be sure that home site visitors is saved throughout the nationwide borders and that buyers exchanging home site visitors are capable of proceed doing so ought to there be any failure on the worldwide amenities,” Mr. Bevil Wooding, Particular Advisor to the CTU.

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