C@ribNET is a high capacity broadband research and education network implemented by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN),on April 26, 2012, and officially launched on February 26, 2013. This network connects all CARICOM countries and is connected to the world’s research and education community, through AMPATH to North America, through Géant to Europe and RedCLARA to Latin America. The network was financed by a contribution of ten million euros by the European Union. (See C@ribNET Updates for the latest information).
A population of approximately twenty-six (26) million in twenty-one (21) Caribbean countries can benefit from cost-effective access to high quality e-learning content and other knowledge resources from the region and around the world through the development of C@ribNET.
What is C@ribNET ?
C@ribNET is a broadband fiber optic Network, configured to connect tertiary institutions, hospitals, schools, and CARICOM and other institutions engaged in knowledge development and research, within the Caribbean, and then to connect these institutions to research and education institutions in the rest of the world.
Aim of C@ribNET
The aim of C@ribNET is to bridge the digital divide in the region and achieve social cohesion of Caribbean people through digital inclusion. The Caribbean was, until recently, one of the few regions of the world, without a regional research and education network.
Through C@ribNET, communities of interest are being organised to implement priority applications such as a regional digital library, a shared student information system for tertiary institutions, together with other applications supporting issues such as climate change, disaster management, crime and security, tele-health, culture among others.
In the coming years, the demand for information-sharing and computationally driven data collection will intensify. R&E networks will inevitably play a central role in enabling interconnectivity and collaboration across the world.