CaribNET launched in Trinidad

5 Mar 2013

The Caribbean Research and Education Network (CaribNET), a broadband fibre-optic network constructed by regional telecoms operator Cable & Wireless (LIME), was officially launched in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on 26 February 2013, reports Go-jamaica.com. CaribNET connects tertiary institutions, schools, hospitals and other educational establishments to knowledge development and research platforms, paving the way for enhanced interconnectivity and collaboration among Caribbean states. The network, which cost GBP10 million (USD15 million) and is financed by the European Union, is connected to the world’s research and education community via the AMPATH, Geant and RedCLARA systems to North America, Europe and Latin America, respectively.

The 15-nation Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) mandated the establishment of CaribNET to be coordinated and managed by the Caribbean Knowledge & Learning Network, a regional organisation established in 2012 to provide access to affordable digital technologies for building excellence in academic training, research and innovation, diversity and global engagement.