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Internet exchange point to be launched in Jamaica by August
Published on June 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Douglas McIntosh

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica is expected to benefit significantly from an internet exchange point (IXP) facility, which the ministry of science, technology, energy and mining expects to have in place by August.

The IXP enables Internet traffic routing within the country where the provision exists, instead of through external providers, as currently is the case with Jamaica.

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State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson makes a point during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 11, under the theme: ‘Information and Communication Technologies as Enablers for Growth and Development’. JIS Photo
State minister in the ministry, Julian Robinson, said the ministry is currently working with an entity, the Packet Clearing House, to have Jamaica’s IXP established by August, pointing out that “we have already done the initial design.”

Robinson gave details of the IXP during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 11, under the theme: ‘Information and Communication Technologies as Enablers for Growth and Development’.

The state minister told the House that Jamaica will benefit from significant cost savings, consequent on the IXP’s implementation, as well as increased Internet speed access for providers in the market.

“This is important, because it will allow for those companies that are involved in developing products and solutions that require heavy use of the Internet, to locate in areas close to where an IXP is. So those, for example, in animation and other areas, can create a hub around which those (entities) can be located,” he pointed out.

Robinson said Jamaica is “not alone” in this regard, as several other Caribbean countries are progressing along that path.

“There are many other countries in the region which are ahead of us. As such, we are moving quickly, and we intend to have an IXP launch by August,” the state minister noted.
 
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