In a bid to address the divide in regional broadband development, officials from Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines are meeting with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to discuss implementation of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP). The Caribbean Journal reports that the World Bank-funded project seeks to improve the development of regional communications systems, including submarine cable infrastructure and landing stations, domestic backbone networks and national internet exchange points (IXPs). ‘On the surface, the project targets the establishment and improvement of the region’s physical communication networks,’ said Selby Wilson of the CTU. ‘But the real issue is the major benefit that greater quality and affordability can bring to the region’s governments, health centres, schools, universities, national emergency communications networks and so on.’ Junior McIntyre, project coordinator at the CTU, added: ‘Bringing the territories and the regional institutions together at the table is just the first step. The ultimate aim is a comprehensive, region-wide approach to the development of the telecommunications networks of the Caribbean. The lessons that we learn here will be of real value to the entire region.’
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