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Raising the Guardians of the Caribbean Internet

CaribNOG 12 off to a successful start in St Maarten

 CAPTION: Bevil Wooding, co-founder of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) delivers opening remarks at the organisation's twelfth regional meeting, at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, October 24, 2016. Looking on, from left, are Shernon Osepa, Internet Society; Albert Daniels, ICANN; and Kevon Swift, LACNIC. PHOTO: CaribNOG

CAPTION: Bevil Wooding, co-founder of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) delivers opening remarks at the organisation’s twelfth regional meeting, at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, October 24, 2016. Looking on, from left, are Shernon Osepa, Internet Society; Albert Daniels, ICANN; and Kevon Swift, LACNIC. PHOTO: CaribNOG

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten—Even with its minor geographical footprint, the Caribbean has a major appetite for the Internet. More and more, Caribbean citizens are reflexively heading online to do their everyday essentials. In order to keep pace with that digital predilection, the modest community managing the region’s networks has to keep building serious capacity.

“There has to be a deeper pool of human resources in the Caribbean with technical expertise,” says Bevil Wooding, co-founder of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

“More people with less technical knowledge are using Internet-based technology, trusting that it will be safe. And so, a group of people have to ensure that that trust is well founded.”

Wooding was speaking at the opening of CaribNOG’s twelfth regional meeting, held at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Philipsburg from October 24 to 26.

“We have to secure the region’s networks and look out for threats in different ways now that we are at this stage of the Internet’s development. And that’s why a group like CaribNOG is so important at this time. We become the guardians of the Caribbean’s Internet development.”

CaribNOG 12 is part of Internet Week Sint Maarten, a five-day conference focused on developing the Caribbean Internet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) jointly held the first three days of the week with CaribNOG.

“When we started working to develop capacity in the region, we soon realised that CaribNOG had the same goals, and so we quickly decided that by working together, we could accomplish more,” said Albert Daniels, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for the Caribbean at ICANN.

Daniels was one of several regional experts to conduct hands-on sessions on topics including cyber security, Internet governance, IPv6 adoption and Internet exchange points.

The three-day gathering is supported by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union; the American Registry for Internet Numbers; Packet Clearing House; ArkiTechs and The BrightPath Foundation.

Internet Week Sint Maarten will close with Sint Maarten on the Move, a two-day event jointly hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses registry (LACNIC).

The weeklong conference is coordinated by the St Maarten telecommunications regulator, BTP. It is open to the public and free of charge, with a live video stream for remote participants.

 

ICANN backs Caribbean technology development

Albert Daniels, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for the Caribbean at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers delivers remarks at the organisation’s LAC-I-Roadshow, at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, October 24, 2016.

A global Internet giant is partnering with a Caribbean-based group to advance regional technology development.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is joining forces with the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) to build the capacity of the region’s technical community.

ICANN coordinates the Internet’s system of unique addresses. The global nonprofit organization is dedicated to ensuring an open, stable and secure Internet.

“When we started working to develop capacity in the region, we soon realised that CaribNOG had the same goals, and so we quickly decided that by working together, we could accomplish more,” said Albert Daniels, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement for the Caribbean at ICANN.

Daniels was speaking at the joint opening of ICANN’s LAC-I-Roadshow and CaribNOG’s twelfth regional meeting, held at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Philipsburg from October 24 to 26.

The spirit of collaboration goes far beyond ICANN and CaribNOG. It includes several other major players in the global Internet landscape, such as the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN). LACNIC and ARIN are the two regional Internet registries that share responsibility for the Caribbean sub-region.

“We are pleased to be working together with Carlos Martinez, Chief Technology Officer of LACNIC, and Mark Kosters, Chief Technology Officer of ARIN, to deliver training on critical issues such as domain name system security,” Daniels said.

The U.S. government helped create ICANN in 1998 with the goal of building a stable, multi-stakeholder organisation that could take over the management of the Internet’s naming and number system. To accomplish this goal, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration partnered with ICANN to transition important coordination functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, to the private sector. On October 1, the IANA stewardship function was formally transitioned to the global multi-stakeholder community.

At LAC-I-Roadshow, Daniels presented on technical issues like cyber security, and policy issues such as the IANA stewardship transition. The slate of international experts conducted hands-on sessions covering a broad range of topics, including Internet exchange points.

The LAC-I-Roadshow and CaribNOG 12 are part of Internet Week Sint Maarten, a five-day conference focused on developing the Caribbean Internet.

The three-day gathering was supported by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union; the American Registry for Internet Numbers; Packet Clearing House; ArkiTechs and The BrightPath Foundation.

Internet Week Sint Maarten ends with Sint Maarten on the Move, a two-day event jointly hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses registry (LACNIC).

The weeklong conference is coordinated by the St Maarten telecommunications regulator, BTP. It is open to the public and free of charge, with a live video stream for remote participants.

Antigua Telecoms Minister Lauds Columbus International Inc. and CXC MOU

Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of State for Information and Communications, Dr. Edmond Mansoor (Laune Isaac Photo)
Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of State for Information and Communications, Dr. Edmond Mansoor (Laune Isaac Photo)

FREEPORT, THE BAHAMAS – Antigua & Barbuda’s Minister of State for Information and Communications, Dr. Edmond Mansoor, on Thursday, September 05, 2013 lauded the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Columbus International Inc. (Columbus) and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

Dr. Mansoor called CXC Registrar, Dr. Didacus Jules, and corporate vice president of sales and marketing for Columbus, Rhea Yaw Ching, change agents at the helm of revolutionising education for all ages across the Caribbean.

“The absolute epicentre of changing Caribbean civilisation, is through education,” the minister stated. “To make this happen,” he added, “We need broadband as an absolute minimum to every household, every student, and every government agency. It is the economic currency of the future. We are very interested as a government in Columbus’ vision of piping fibre to the home.”

The new MOU outlines three key areas that Columbus will support the work of the CXC.

  • To enhance CXC’s technological capacity to help bring needed innovation to the delivery of its education products and services in the Caribbean;
  • To foster the development of indigenous educational content through the use of technology; and
  • To enable broad dissemination of educational content relevant to the Caribbean.

Dr. Jules acknowledged the importance of the occasion, which brings together two organisations with complimentary goals. The collaboration, he noted, would allow for CXC to elevate and privilege Caribbean knowledge adding that Columbus was giving the regional examination body the infrastructure to disseminate indigenous content in a digital space.

Since starting operations in 2005, Columbus is one of the fastest growing companies in the region with USB$1.3 in assets and a capital investment of over USB$1.1. The Company operates one of the most advanced broadband networks in the region, spanning 42 nations with operations in 8 Caribbean countries.

Rhea Yaw Ching said the MOU fits squarely in the company’s vision for the region. “We are making sure that Columbus can create the capacity to enable the creativity.”

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Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Columbus Communications Rhea Yaw Ching and CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules sign a MOU on Thursday, September 5, 2013. (Laune Isaac Photo)

The Columbus executive acknowledged the work of their strategic partner BrightPath Foundation, which is a key player in the regional push to mobilize young people to embrace technology, not as consumers but as creators of mobile apps, instructional games, movies, and other positive content which reflects the Caribbean experience.

BrightPath, Dr. Jules noted, is providing the hands on expertise to enable the CXC to manifest its vision of providing more educational solutions, which solve real world challenges, and prepares students to operate in a changing and increasingly competitive world.

The CXC Registrar explained that the next step in actualising the MOU would be for an assessment of the capacity of Columbus and CXC. The new alliance will support their access to increased bandwidth, installation of fibre optic wiring in the new headquarters and the establishment of a new eMarking process.

About Columbus:

Columbus International Inc. is a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. The Company provides digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao under the brand name FLOW and in St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua under the brand name Karib Cable. Columbus also provides corporate data and cloud based services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity and IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning close to 42,300 km and its 26,400 km terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus’ 2,400 plus professionals provide advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of over 550,000 customers.Visit www.columbus.com

About CXC:

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is the leading provider of examinations for secondary schools in the Caribbean; providing a suite of examinations to 16 English-speaking territories and three Dutch-speaking islands. Established in 1972, CXC offered its first examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 1979. Nineteen years later, in 1998 CXC introduced the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Over the last five years, CXC introduced the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) to cater to students with a wider range of abilities. In 2012, the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) was introduced to help pupils transition smoothly from primary to secondary school.

CXC has two operational centres, the Headquarters located in Barbados, which is headed by the Registrar and Western Zone Office located in Jamaica, headed by the Pro Registrar.

Media Contact:

Solange Bethart, Communications Specialist, Columbus, sbethart@columbus.co
Cleveland Sam, CXC Public Information Officer, (246) 227-1892, csam@cxc.org