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1 O pen C aribbean I nternet e X change Eldert J. Louisa, Chairman OCIX St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

2 Key challenges for recruiting members for the OCIX To convince the local key internet players the importance of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), as being an incumbent telecom operator and that we dont have any hidden agenda other than a commitment to reduce the digital divide gap between the Caribbean and the rest of the world Continue to bring awareness and let them understand that St Maarten ecosystem is completely dependent of the internet and that this dependency can hurt the economy in case the international links providing internet are lost for whatever reason. Some people fail to realize that the Internet Exchange Points will bring this independency Most of the local key internet players on St. Maarten still dont understand the value added benefits of Internet Exchange and that we help us all connected on the IXP enhanced our routing more efficiency, becoming more fault-tolerance and the reduced latency The importance of creating local content specifically tailored to the local market

3 OCIX Membership (1) ACTIVE TELEM GROUP ISC (Internet Systems Consortium) CaribServe.NET Telecom SCARLET HARDWARE INSTALLED ARIN AKAMAI TECHNOLOGY

4 OCIX Traffic (1) In the beginning, it was a challenge to convince the local ISPs to become members of the OCIX. But in July 2010 we got one of the biggest ISP, CaribServe/UTS connected and since than we are exchanging the local traffic between TelEm Group and CaribServe/UTS.

5 OCIX Traffic (2) On a regular basis the local Internet Service Providers ISPs exchange approximately 85 Mb worth of local internet traffic which is a cost saving of between 20k to 30k USD on a monthly basis for the ISPs. This make it possible for the ISPs to use their transit IP more efficiently

6 OCIX Prospect Membership We are currently in discussions with a couple of prospect members consisting of the following: LTD, Video Content Providers, Medical University and some International Telecom & Mobile providers MEMBERSHIP IS FREE We need the content in St. Maarten and the Caribbean today Video StreamingMobile Content

7 37 square miles (French & Dutch) ± 1.6 million airline passengers annually ± 200 scheduled and charter movements a day ± 700 private jets annually (The Rich & Famous) ± 1.5 million cruise passengers annually ± 1200 mega yachts annually A population of approximately 80, inhabitants 100+ hotels 500+ restaurants St. Maarten the Friendly Island Great Demand for Content

8 OCIX organization OCIX is a non-profit, neutral and independent, professional exchange. On the 21 st April 2008 OCIX Association was established as an Association in St. Maarten, operating under Netherlands Antilles Law. OCIX N.V. is the company of which the Association is a 100% owner that acts as the operator and administrator of the exchange. Membership is free of charge

9 OCIX website For more information contact us at or send us an at


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