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  • Jamaicans may soon be paying less for Internet services, while having faster access, as a result of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) established by the Government.
  • The IXP hosted at eGOV Jamaica Limited, which will further contribute to the development of a more stable, competitive, cost efficient and robust Information Communication Technology (ICT) and broadband ecosystem in Jamaica.
  • The IXP enables Internet traffic routing within the country where the provision exists, instead of through external providers as currently obtains with Jamaica.

Jamaicans may soon be paying less for Internet services, while having faster access, as a result of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) established by the Government.

Minister of Science and Technology, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the announcement on Wednesday, November 12 during the National Medal for Science, Technology and Innovation Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

The IXP hosted at eGOV Jamaica Limited, which will further contribute to the development of a more stable, competitive, cost efficient and robust Information Communication Technology (ICT) and broadband ecosystem in Jamaica.

“We now have this exchange point that will enable all internal Internet transactions to take place in Jamaica without having to leave our shores. We expect to see some price reductions… we expect our local content developers see this as a tremendous opportunity to provide content locally .We see this as a tremendous opportunity to get our people now to have freer, and swifter access to the Internet,” Mr. Paulwell said.

The IXP enables Internet traffic routing within the country where the provision exists, instead of through external providers as currently obtains with Jamaica.

The project was started in January and Mr. Paulwell is urging all companies to join the island’s   IXP.

Meanwhile, Mr. Paulwell will be travelling to Wuzhen, China, next week to participate in the World Internet Conference which is being held from November 19 to 21, 2014.

He said he would be using the meeting to reaffirm Jamaica’s position on the liberalisation of the Internet and its increasing use in the island’s development.

“We are going to China, with a clear position that we should not interfere with the Internet; let it remain free (and) accessible to all. Let us not put any charges to the Internet and let countries like ours …. have the opportunity to be on the same level as others,” Mr. Paulwell said.

The event aims to discuss global Internet governance, cyber security, the role of the Internet to promote economic and social development, and technological innovation in the field.

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