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Puerto Rico Internet Exchange

It has been little over a year and we have been working on launching an
internet exchange in puerto rico but of course hurricane and other things
got in the way of achieving this.

We now have identified what we believe the right location (most of the
ispâ??s have presence in this location) backbone/ip transit connectivity,
local team to provide onsite support.

Having said that We have been engaged with several content delivery
networks, OTTs but general feedback was that Puerto Rico was not on their
radar for 2018 hence delayed launch. Now we are talking to same players
about 2019 but general answer seemed like people were satisfied enough to
serve Puerto Rico from Miami.

Perhaps we are talking to really big CDNs, OTTs and we should engage
differently however the level of interest is very low and I really donâ??t
want to â??build and they will comeâ?? again ;-)

Bottom line is, if there was an IXP in Puerto Rico similar to ones in
Florida, I am trying to understand who would actually deploy (just speak to
your company only please) because most of my assumptions were proven wrong

I guess I want to ask two questions, given its location in caribbean, does
Puerto Rico need an internet exchange point? Would you join it?(it will be
a membership based IXP where members share cost)


On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 4:27 AM Mehmet Akcin <mehmet at akcin.net> wrote:

> Hey there!
> ... ok this time I am not going to call it PRIX ;) well name doesn't
> matter really. Nearly 13 years ago I have attempted to start Puerto rico
> Internet exchange in San Juan. I have lived there over 5 years and i just
> wanted to really watch videos faster. The project somewhat died when i
> moved to LA but now there are few interested party to start an internet
> exchange in Puerto rico. The jsland historically had one of the slowest
> broadband/internet services which seemed to have improved in recent years
> however as of 2017 there still is not an IX in Puerto rico.
> We , 3-4 internet engineers (on island and remote) , want to look into
> relaunch of this IX and hopefully find a way to keep local traffic
> exchanged at high speeds and low cost. We need expertise, and people who
> want to help any way they can.
> We are trying to make this IX a not-for-profit one and we are looking at
> opeeating models to adapt which has worked incredibly well like Seattle IX.
> We are hoping the relaunch to happen sometime in 2018. Thanks in advance
> hope to share more info and traffic data sometime , soon. Watch this space!
> Mehmet
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