US-based Apple Inc has been linked with a move for the Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX) datacentre, which is situated on the southern Caribbean island of Curacao. According to a Dutch-language news report from Antilliaans Dagblad, the ownership of the facility, which was officially opened on 8 March 2014, has been transferred to the Unique Infrastructure Group (UIG), which boasts a strong association with the US technology giant. According to the report, the backers of CTEX accepted an offer – thought to be in the region of 75% of the asking price – after running into financial difficulties. Original CTEX shareholders were believed to include Curacao-based pan-Caribbean telco United Telecommunication Services (UTS) and local financial institution GiroBank.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, CTEX was the first Tier-IV Uptime Institute-certified datacentre to launch in the Caribbean and Latin America. CTEX’s four 5,200 square metre high-density datacentres are situated on top of a mountain terrace 60 metres above sea level, while the country itself is situated outside the hurricane belt and major seismic zone, and boasts a multi-lingual workforce and political neutrality. Further, Curacao offers a number of fiscal benefits, including zero import duties on equipment and a 2% profit tax regime for international companies seeking to establish an operating entity on the island.