Jamaica to get IXP by August

26 Jun 2014

Jamaica’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining has said it is expecting to launch a new internet exchange point (IXP) facility by August this year. The IXP will enable domestic internet service providers (ISPs) to interconnect directly rather than through external third-party providers, which helps reduce costs for internet traffic and improve speeds. Caribbean News Now quotes Minister Julian Robinson as saying: ‘This is important, because it will allow for those companies that are involved in developing products and solutions that require heavy use of the internet to locate in areas close to where an IXP is. So those, for example, in animation and other areas can create a hub around which [they] can be located.’