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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Caribbean: multi-million dollar contract for dedicated regional connectivity

A major step towards the transformation and strengthening of the region’s tertiary institutions was taken on Thursday, when negotiations between the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) and one of the region’s largest telecommunications providers, LIME, culminated in the signing of a US6.3 million contract in Grenada. 

The region’s first dedicated knowledge, learning and research network, C@ribNET, is a broadband fiber optic network, configured to connect tertiary institutions, hospitals, schools, government agencies and CARICOM institutions together, within the Caribbean. C@ribNET will also to connect these institutions to similar institutions in Europe, USA, Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

CKLN, an inter-governmental agency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), secured the funds from the European Union to lease the fiber optic network from LIME, in compliance with CARICOM’s mandate to assist Caribbean member states enhance their global competitiveness by upgrading and diversifying the skills and knowledge of human resources through greater regional collaboration and connectivity.

Source: Winn FM