Barbados’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) sign Memorandum of Understanding to establish an Internet Exchange Point (IXP).
The current five Internet Service Providers in Barbados, under the direction of Mr. Reginald Bourne, Chief Telecommunications Officer in the Division of Energy and Telecommunication in the Ministry of the Prime Minister’s Office, have agreed to establish an Internet Exchange Point in Barbados.
The five are LIME, FLOW, DIGICEL, ACE and WI-NET.
At a signing ceremony on 18 May 2015 held at Trinity Business Centre, the Headquarters of the Telecommunications Unit, Senator the Honourable Darcy Boyce, Minister responsible for Telecommunications, commented that although the process had taken longer than he had expected, he was extremely pleased that Barbados was finally on the path to realising the many benefits that an IXP could bring to the island.
He explained that Barbados’ traffic between the ISPs would no longer leave the island and be exchanged in Miami as is the current practice, but such exchanges would take place at the IXP in Barbados. These benefits, he stated, would include but not be limited to: savings in foreign exchange payments for Barbados' traffic to traverse Miami exchanges; faster speeds for local traffic; increased bandwidth for international traffic; better cyber security and the elimination of many of the problems associated with latency.
He stressed the need for all service providers to keep abreast of current technologies employed in the telecommunications industry as many of Barbados' vital industries such as Tourism, International Business and Financial Services depend heavily on telecommunications.
The Minister pointed out that Barbados is currently listed as Number 3 per capita in the Americas, just behind USA and Canada, in the use of ICTs and urged all providers to continue to move Barbados forward with the aim, despite its small size, of reaching the top ten in the world as Barbados has to complete not only with the Americas but also with the wider world.
The Internet Service Providers in turn expressed their enthusiasm for the future of the IXP and said they look forward to sharing the benefits derived from the establishment of the Internet Exchange Point with all of Barbados.