Component 1 – Regional Connectivity

There are two key elements of Connectivity under CARCIP: (i) the physical infrastructure which will improve connectivity; and (ii) the enabling environment to ensure competitive access to the connectivity infrastructure, and optimum private sector investment through public-private partnerships.

Priority regional connectivity gaps will be bridged. The current “technology used forinternet access in Carriacou and Petit Martinique will be upgraded to a high speed broadband network which will provide affordable connectivity to the smaller islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. An undersea cable system connecting St Vincent and the Grenadines to Carriacou and Petite Martinique then to Grenada will be installed to achieve this.

Technical support for the implementation of a Government Wide Area Network (GWAN) and data centre is currently being provided. Marketing of GREX the national Internet Exchange Point (IXP) to potential content developers, in an effort to be part of a fully integrated Caribbean Region ensuring that traffic within Grenada and the region is localized, is another activity that will improve the efficiency of the Internet. The activities will be underpinned by a robust enabling environment, both at the national and regional level that will maximize the benefits of the infrastructure which will be put in place.

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