Grenada Internet Exchange Point and DNS Root Server Ceremony
Mr. Bevil Wooding,
Program Director, Caribbean Telecommunications Union;
Internet Strategist, Packet Clearing House
GRENADA INTERNET EXCHANGE POINT RE-LOCATION CEREMONY
Maurice Bishop Highway, Grand Anse, St. George's, Grenada
Wednesday 21 November 2012
behalf of the Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications
Union, Ms. Bernadette Lewis and Packet Clearing House, I extend my
heartfelt congratulations to Grenada on the relocation Grenada Internet
Exchange point and the activation of a local instance of the DNS Root
For the past five years the Caribbean Telecommunications
Union together with Packet Clearing House, has been promoting the
proliferation of Internet Exchange Points in the Caribbean.
we can declare with confidence that Grenada is serious about ensuring
that its citizens have the proper enabling environment to pursue its
ICT-based national development goals. In the process, Grenada is also
sending a clear signal to the region that technological success can be
achieved where there is vision, leadership and collaboration.
the global Internet community, IXPs are proven to be essential to
facilitating Internet-based economic growth. There is a saying that IXPs
take 20% technical engineering and 80% social engineering. This means
that building an IXP is a technically trivial exercise. However, as I am
sure all those who were part of the process will attest, achieving the
necessary focus and collaboration between the stakeholders requires new
levels of cooperation and trust.
The official launch of the
Grenada Internet Exchange Point today is a major achievement not only
for the country, but for the Caribbean. The precedents and lessons
learnt from the Grenada process are already being applied in other
countries of the region. This should underscore for us all, how
significant this occasion is, and how important the Grenada Internet
Exchange Point is to building the domestic Internet economy.
of local traffic is fundamental to developing the kind of
domestic-based activity necessary to spark new levels of indigenous
innovation, local content creation, and industry growth.
And this is exactly where the focus must now shift to – Industry growth and economic development.
CTU and PCH have already provided hardware and technical training and
the DNS Root Server copy as part of its contribution to the
establishment of the Grenada Exchange. Now, I want to affirm our
commitment to working with local stakeholders as well as other regional
bodies such as CaribNOG (the Caribbean Network Operators Group) to
strengthen the peering facilities, build technical competence and
stimulate the development of local content.
The CTU and Packet
clearing House are also committed to supporting you in educating
stakeholders on how to capitalize on the opportunities an IXP presents;
to promoting internet innovation and to encouraging youth in responsible
and beneficial use of the Internet and its resources. This is what we
do in other locations across the world. We will be happy to provide this
ongoing support and training to the people of Grenada.
beckons Grenada as it moves to take full advantage of the new IXP.
Companies, schools and entrepreneurs can provide new local services
based on video and audio streaming; VoIP; domestic data backup; new
e-government services; distance learning; e-health; and other
applications that depend on local traffic exchange.
The vision of
being able to properly deploy local Internet-based applications and
services is now a reality. In this regard, we can look at the IXP launch
a small, but vital step, in the journey toward the development of the
Grenada Internet Economy.
To the Government of Grenada; to Dr.
Spencer Thomas, Chairman Grenada NTRC, Mr. Aldwyn Ferguson, Coordinator
NTRC, the Commissioners and the hard-working team at the Grenada NTRC;
to the local ISPs – LIME and Columbus Communications (Flow Grenada) – I
again say congratulations!
Keep in mind, however, that the journey
has only just begun. Now, I encourage you to apply even greater levels
of leadership, collaboration and determination to keep the process, the
progress and the promise moving onward.