The southern Caribbean island of Curaçao has been selected as the venue for the sixth regional conference of the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, CarPIF, set for June 9 to 11, 2020. The announcement was made by event co-organisers the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and the Internet Society.
The annual international conference, which draws Internet giants like Akamai, Facebook and Google, provides Caribbean Internet service providers and other stakeholders with a unique space to develop the commercial and technical relationships needed to increase local Internet traffic exchange in the region.
“Developing the Internet in the Caribbean requires collaboration and partnership among a diverse set of stakeholders. The CarPIF community provides a unique environment for those interactions to take place,” said Bevil Wooding, executive director of CaribNOG and co-founder of CarPIF, who also serves as the Caribbean Outreach Liaison for the American Registry for Internet Numbers.
Launched in Barbados in 2015, CarPIF places special emphasis on technical, commercial and policy issues related to expanding Internet connectivity, increasing local digital content development, and supporting online government service delivery and e-commerce solutions in the Caribbean.
“In 2020, our discussions in the CarPIF meeting will continue to highlight not just how we can develop the infrastructure but once we have the infrastructure in place, then what is next? So we’ll be focusing on local content development and looking at what could be done to promote more content and innovation,” said Shernon Osepa, co-founder of CarPIF and Regional Affairs Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau of the Internet Society.
More information about the forum is available at www.carpif.net.