Belize hosts the meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group

During this week, Belize is hosting the sixth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), which attracted many computer networking specialists and enthusiasts willing to participate in a number of presentations and technical workshops delivered by Caribbean and international computer experts.

The Belize Public Utilities Commission was the local host for the event, which was also supported by a number of regional and international Internet development organisations, including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) and US-based Packet Clearing House (PCH).

According to CaribNOG co-ordinator Bevil Wooding, “CaribNOG provides unique regional forum for local network technicians and technology professionals to share experiences and build practical skills needed to take the region into the future.”

Etienne Sharp, a director at a Belize-based internet service provider Alternative Networks Limited, was impressed by the event and particularly by its relevance to Belize. Sharp said: “The sessions spoke to the core issues we face on a daily basis as network administrators and technology specialists. In addition to the high levels of collaboration, I was also glad to see that most of the experts are drawn from right here in the Caribbean.”

One of the major results of the event was a public announcement by Belize ISPs of their intention to form a local internet exchange point.

The next CaribNOG regional event will take place in April 2014 in Dominica.

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