A Caribbean Basin report:

By Daniel Pimienta, Union Latina ([email protected])


The Caribbean Basin has not been left apart of the ongoing network growth within the region. If the user population, except for Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, is still low, infrastructures are in place which make expect further developments in the coming months.

Costa Rica has been for several years a BITNET key location and, furthermore, hosts the central UUCP node of a pilot project named HURACAN which offers accesses to various researchers belonging to different Central American countries via their interconnected national X25 networks. This project is a result of a cooperative effort started by Canadian Agencies and completed by the UNDP.

Bitnet Contact
Guy de Teramond, [email protected] Huracan technical contact, Ted Hope [email protected] Huracan management contact, Edgardo Richards, [email protected]

Puerto Rico is presenting, as a result of years of investments and technical follow-up, a state-of-the-art network linking all the campuses together and with the Internet by high speed lines. It allows students to operate telnet functions at fraction of seconds in several terminal areas spread over the country. CRACIN (Corporation for the National Academic Scientific and Research Network) can now concentrate in user support and make available some time to help its neighbor.

Puerto Rico is heading a sub-regional project, named CUNET for Caribbean Universities Network, which has put seeds virtually in all English speaking islands of the Caribbean. CUNET has a star organized design where UUCP nodes get, by switched connection, into the Puerto Rico network which gates the traffic toward the Internet. The user number is reported to have a steady growth in various countries (for instance Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica). The project is sponsored by OAS which pays for the expert travelling and the dial-up connections to Puerto Rico. CRACIN and CUNET contact: Roberto Loran, [email protected]

Cuba is experimenting a spectacular growth of the network. The island have a traditional strong science and technology sector and is in good position to present user applications and scientific data bases. INFO93, a congress planned for May 93 in La Habana will focus on networking.
Cuba contact: Jesus Martinez, [email protected]

Surprisingly, the French West Indies have stayed aside from the area move. There is a RIO (Orstom network) node, but a 1988 plan to make the University (UAG) joins EARN-France have not yet been implemented. However, moves are underway to make it a playing actor in network related training.

Dominican Republic's REDID was born last may (see hereafter). Also, one of the 25 Dominican universities (PUCMM) is maintaining a PC station connected to the CUNET project and has been planning a BITNET node for some time.

Haiti, was targeted to be part of the REDID creation process. The political turmoils jeopardized the process. Other alternatives, such as training a group of researchers outside the countries, are currently under study to start an action.

University of Nicaragua is maintaining a UUCP node. Contact: Teresa Ortega, [email protected]

RAW ESTIMATION OF USER FIGURES:

SERVED
POTENTIAL
Costa Rica:
900
2500
Cuba:
800
9500
Cunet:
100
2000
Huracan:
400
4500
Dominican Republic:
50
1000
Nicaragua:
100
1000
Puerto Rico:
2400
3000



TOTAL
4750
23500