CaribComX, the pan-Caribbean initiative designed to obtain competitive rates and improve regional communications, has announced that it has deployed a voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) exchange platform designed and installed by Massachusetts-based systems integrator Eastwind Communications. The CaribComX project, which is being led by Dauphin Telecom and funded by the European agency Interreg Caraibes IV, reportedly encompasses nine as-yet unspecified operators spanning 16 countries, namely: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint-Martin, Sint Maarten and Saint Vincent.
CaribComX leverages a multi-vendor solution led by Eastwind Communications that includes technologies from Acme Packet, Global Convergence Solutions (GCS), and Dialogic. Armando Blanco, Dauphin Telecom’s technical director, commented: ‘We are pleased to offer this solution to our Caribbean partners. The deployment has gone extremely well. We had a very aggressive six week timeframe from awarding the request for proposal (RFP) to turning up the exchange. Eastwind was able to support us from both the business and technical aspects of this project. They understand the needs of smaller, competitive providers’.
Dauphin Telecom is a full-service telecoms provider based on the French overseas territory of Saint Martin, and claims affiliate operations in Saint Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana. Although the company has participated in numerous European-funded projects during its 15-years of operation, it says that CaribComX is the first initiative to include non-French territories.