The arrangement, common in developed markets, is expected to improve the speed, reliability, security and resilience of the local Internet. Ultimately, the establishment of an IXP will stimulate locally grown and driven internet based innovation including the emergence of a local crop of entrepreneurs to build applications and launch new services that target local internet users thereby stimulating enterprise and e-learning.
CEO of Digicel Barbados, Mark Linehan, stated, “The signing of today’s MOU is a historic event in Telecommunications in Barbados not only for the Government and the Internet Service Providers but for the people of Barbados.
“We at Digicel laud the work of the Ministry of Telecommunications on this initiative and welcome the signing of this MOU by all ISPs. The real work starts now as the Telecommunications Unit in the Ministry readies itself to go live with the IXP.”
Linehan added, “Digicel is looking forward to collaborating with the Government of Barbados and the other ISPs on the creation of this IXP so that Barbadians can start to feel the benefits of improved speed, reliability and security of broadband services across the country. The IXP will form the bedrock for further innovation and technological advancement in Barbados thereby stimulating economic growth.”
Minister for Telecommunications, Hon. Senator Darcy Boyce, indicated he was pleased to have all the major telecommunications players around the table for the signing of the MOU and it bodes well when all Parties can work together for the benefit of Barbados.
Chief Technical Officer Reginald Bourne stated, “The creation of this critical infrastructure is an important milestone for telecommunications in Barbados and I am pleased that all the ISPs are able to participate in this venture.”