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Apr 16, 2015

Quality Internet Services; Stakeholders Sign M.O.U. for local Internet Exchange Point

For the past five years, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union together with Pocket Clearing House has been promoting the establishment of Internet Exchange Points throughout the Caribbean. Exchange Points are essentially a facility with the primary purpose to connect internet service providers, better known as ISPs, so that they can exchange local internet traffic between themselves at no cost. In 2013, the Public Utilities Commission along with stakeholders in the telecommunications industry commenced to dialogue in an effort to develop an internet exchange point in Belize. As it currently stands, the access to anywhere in the world is done through an exchange point. It is a physical infrastructure through which an email, a message or a video-chat exchange takes place and those exchange points have been outside of Belize. Today, however, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the ISPs and other stakeholders to develop and establish an internet exchange point within Belize. Speaking on behalf of the ISPs was Michael King of NetKing Solutions Limited.


Michael King

Michael King, President, NetKing Solutions Limited

“Today marks and celebrates a significant and historic in the development of the internet and more broadly for consumers and businesses in Belize. The platform and stage for a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration is being set with today’s unprecedented demonstration of cooperation with us, the local Internet Service Providers. This memorandum of understanding to establish Belize’s first ever internet exchange point, is a testament to the commitment of the Belizean ISPs to continually seek ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of internet services for Belizean citizens and businesses. Our soon to be launched Belize Internet Exchange Point, will allow local ISPs to exchange local internet traffic locally. It will also allow for situations for other critical internet infrastructures within Belize; such as domain named root services and content delivery caches from major internet companies like Google, NetFlix and Yahoo.”


Bevil Wooding

Bevil Wooding, Pocket Clearing House

“What makes this important is the exchange point allows multiple service providers to share one common facility which creates two sets of opportunities—one is technical in that you now have a shorter distance for that traffic to go to and as with most things, shorter distance means lower costs. But shorter distance also means more efficient transfer of data between customers on one network in Belize and customers on another network in Belize. What use to happen before and this is the grave travesty that is being corrected here. If somebody on a service provider A wanted to send an email, a letter a note to somebody on service provider B in Belize; that traffic would need to go to Miami or New York or California or London before it comes back to Belize. It is inefficient, it is expensive and it leads to the unnecessary interrogation of that data by actors, foreign government or others that is quite unnecessary. By establishing a local exchange point, the providers have agreed today to say any traffic that is destined for a local user on a local network will no longer leave Belize; it will simply go through the local internet exchange point. That means that the traffic between local customers is going to move faster. That means that the cost of delivery because they are agreeing to do this at no cost between their networks is going to reduce to what is called a cost neutral basis.”

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1 Response for “Quality Internet Services; Stakeholders Sign M.O.U. for local Internet Exchange Point”

  1. Teacher says:

    WOW! Excellent news!* for a country that too long has been in dire need of better internet services!

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