Caribbean and Canadian national research and education networks (NRENs) have established Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) peering[i], which now allows better control of the traffic exchanged between institutions in the Canadian NREN, CANARIE and those that are connected to the Caribbean's regional network, C@ribNET.
C@ribNET connects 170+ institutions in the Caribbean across 16 countries and 7 emerging NRENs, to millions of researchers, scientists and students at nearly 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories that have access to the CANARIE Network. Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN).
What does this mean? It means that users in Canada and the Caribbean can collaborate and exchange across their respective networks with a greater level of control and management by their various NRENs (CANARIE and CKLN), versus having to depend solely on intermediaries in the US. For Engineers and other technical representatives of the provincial NRENs (in the case of Canada) and the country NRENs (in the case of the Caribbean), this means a better level of management of traffic and provision of support to users.
See alsoCANARIE National Summit 2015
Students and faculty of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from around the Region recently had the opportunity to hear from and interact with His Excellency, Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations virtually, with C@ribNET (the Caribbean's dedicated research and education network) as part of the regional network that supported the Regional forum.
Hosted by the UWI in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Hilary Beckles, described the symposium as an "Historic encounter." During the 90-minute Youth Symposium, the UN Secretary General scheduled to speak for a few minutes, spent much longer, addressing and exchanging with the youth on issues such as crime, gender-based violence, unemployment, youth participation and climate change.