Living With Belize Telemedia (BTL)

Belize launches Caribbean’s latest Internet Exchange Point

Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27. The new IXP should help improve Internet service in Belize by eliminating dependence on international connectivity for local Internet traffic exchange. The new facility, the twelfth IXP to be activated in the Caribbean, should lower the average per bit delivery cost and significantly reduce latency for Internet traffic between local ISP networks. As a result, users can expect a more reliable, more resilient local Internet.

Will this result in higher speeds and lower costs for the residential consumer? Currently The Bahamas (a country of approximately the same population as Belize), Jamaica and Barbados all offer their monthly subscription plans with an advertised download speed of 25 Mbs+ for about the same price BTL offers 2 Mbs! And upload bandwidth in all three jurisdictions is much better than the maximum 1 Mbs upload offered by BTL's. Of course, these three country's Internet Providers are all Privately Owned.