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  • Jamaica is expected to realise savings of US$2 million per year from the establishment of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) facility locally.
  • The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and eGov Jamaica Limited, which are the executing agencies for the IXP project, are testing the facility for roll-out shortly.
  • Another important benefit is the increased capacity to manage data created locally. This will result in the growth of local content, and also better enable Jamaicans to protect their intellectual property rights (IT).

Jamaica is expected to realise savings of US$2 million per year from the establishment of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) facility locally.

The IXP will allow Internet traffic to be routed within Jamaica for processing, instead of through overseas providers, as currently obtains.

In addition to the cost savings, the initiative is expected to boost the ease and speed of doing business and facilitate growth across several sectors.

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and eGov Jamaica Limited, which are the executing agencies for the IXP project, are testing the facility for roll-out shortly.

Director of Information Technology (IT) at the OUR, Leighton Hamilton, told JIS News that with the IXP, Internet providers will be able to supply the service to Jamaicans at a reduced cost.

This will result in significant improvement in the speed at which emails are sent, and other services provided online.

“What happens now is that when you want to send an email from say JIS to the OUR, that email… actually travels all the way from Jamaica to Miami. With an IXP what would happen is that it would only go… from JIS to Papine to the OUR. That’s a shorter time, shorter cost, the cost is now local and the time savings is going to be significant,” he pointed out.

Mr. Hamilton noted that the increased network speed will spur growth within the IT sector, particularly in areas such as application (app) development and animation.

“Animation requires speed in development, speed in delivery, and also location. Most of the animators keep saying that they can’t get servers close to them to do the development and delivery. The IXP would be an instant point for success for our country,” he told JIS News.

Another important benefit is the increased capacity to manage data created locally. This will result in the growth of local content, and also better enable Jamaicans to protect their intellectual property rights (IT).

“What would happen is that content providers would have the sovereignty to protect their data…The IXP will be expected to grow the ICT sector to a point where Jamaica, instead of being a net importer of content, will be a net exporter of content,”Mr. Hamilton said.

He added that the ability to have proprietorship over where data generated within the country is routed may also enable Jamaica to earn more foreign exchange.