Caribbean Learning Network launches fibre optic network

The Caribbean Research and Education Network, CaribNet, a broadband fibre optic network constructed by regional telecommunications company LIME, was officially launched in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on 26 February.  

Caribnet - 2Cathrin Stover, DANTE (Europe), makes a point to the panellists during a discussion at the official launch of CaribNET and the opening of the second assembly of NRENS. Listening are, from left, Ken Sylvester; CKLN/CaribNet (Caribbean); Chris Dehring, chief commercial officer, LIME Caribbean; Florencio Utreras, RedCLARA (Latin America); Dave Lambert, Internet2 (US); Professor Emeritus Errol Miller and Francis Tusubira, UbuntuNET Alliance (Africa). – Photo: Submitted

CaribNet, which is managed by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, connects tertiary institutions, schools, hospitals and other educational establishments to knowledge development and research platforms paving the way for enhanced interconnectivity and collaboration among Caribbean states. 

The European Union funded network, which cost $10 million, serves about 26 million people, in 21 islands, who benefit from cost-effective access to high quality e-learning content and other knowledge resources from the region and around the world. 

The network is connected to the world’s research and education community through AMPATH to North America, Geant to Europe and RedCLARA to Latin America.  

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