Dominica will be launching its first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) later this year in a move that will increase broadband services on the island.
This, according to Minister for Telecommunications, Ambrose George who spoke at the opening of the 10th edition of Creole in the Park on Monday afternoon.
George said presently when Dominicans go on the internet the services leave the island’s shores and bounce back in order to get a response.
But he said the establishment of an IXP will put that to rest and will bring significant benefits to Internet users and entrepreneurs.
“With the IXP exchange all local traffic will remain here in Dominica,” Ambrose pointed out.
Additionally, he said this will give the island the ability to host all internet traffic locally and give companies like LIME the ability to provide more broadband. “What that will mean is that there will be now much more broadband available to LIME so that LIME in itself can provide additional services to the citizens of Dominica,” Ambrose noted.
He said the feature will be launched later this year.
Technology experts have revealed that the perceived benefits of having local IXPs include faster and cheaper internet, the encouragement of local content development, hosting, and the development of e-government.