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Dr Girish Pathak has a plan for the technology
industry in T&T.
He s assembled a roster of investors to fund the
establishment of this country s first carrier-neutral
telecom hotel, a strictly business-to-business facility
that will offer data centre hosting, peering services
and business continuity services on a scale suitable
for serious technology businesses.
The plan calls for the establishment of a facility
operating with a business plan bottom line of US$40
million at the Tamana Industrial Park that will offer
co-location services to companies who want profes-
sional technical support for their server and technology
"Trinidad has four
distinct advantages," Dr
Pathak said in a Skype
interview last week.
"In terms of infra-
structure, you have
some of the best con-
nectivity in the region.
Six international cable
systems, reaching all the
way to Canada and all
the way over to Brazil."
"The power costs are
advantageous, and the country is sheltered from hur-
ricanes. We will build a hurricane-proof structure,
but it s good not to have to worry about it."
"And then there re the strength and stability of the
economy. We were looking at two or three competitors
in the Caribbean, but the T&T proposal won out."
The company, Caribbean IXP (Trinidad) Ltd, is
probably misnamed. What it will build in T&T is a
network access point data center, a support structure
for hardware and technology services that looks a lot
like the services of Verizon s NAP of the Americas
The reference point isn t accidental. Dr Pathak has,
over the last 25 years of his involvement in the telecom
and software industry worked with several companies,
including Verizon who recognised him with its Leslie
Warner Award for innovative operation support sys-
He was also responsible for transforming the legacy
network of Canada s Telus Communications into an
IP based next generation network.
He s spent much of the last nine years advising
banking and securities companies on the telecom-
"For IT services, my client in T&T has been TSTT,"
"I just want to declare that up front."
But neutral is going to be the keyword for the new
project, set to begin client testing in the third quarter
of 2016 with full deployment scheduled for the first
quarter of 2017.
Caribbean IXP is looking for clients in the banking,
energy and telecom sectors.
"It will be carrier neutral hotel for customers," Dr
"These are clients operating at the very top end of
the business quadrants who are likely to be regional
operators, and of course, the government sector within
Telecom hotel in
the works for T&T
Pupils of Sacred
Heart Boys RC
cheer on their
Monarch finals at
he Jean Pierre
pain, on Friday.
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