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Wednesday, August 02, 2006 

August, 2 - 8:55 AM

Dominican Republic is a step closer to an Internet access module

MIAMI. - Dominican Republic took one more step toward becoming the region's major technological and communications center, with a 10 million dollar expansion of the initial investment to create here the Caribbean’s Network Access Protection (NAP) module.

Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD) director Eddy Martinez said that for the Dominican Government this is a flagship project that "shows our commitment with technological development." "Our country has worked very hard to position ourselves as the most attractive place for investments in the Caribbean and this is one more step to attain that goal," he added.

The Caribbean NAP consists of the installation of a NAP Internet access node, which works as a convergence point for multiple telecommunications networks, concentrating large amounts of information of applications and services and distributes them instantaneously and efficiently towards their final addressees.

Within the framework, Martinez toured the United States this week, and met with Manuel Medina, president of Terremark Worldwide, company that created the NAP of the Americas in Miami and which operates other centers in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.

Medina announced the expansion of the initial investment of up to 50 million dollars, in comparison with the 40 million originally announced, stressing "the enthusiasm and push of president Fernandez for the project and to bring the new century to the Dominican Republic."

Among the advantages that the Caribbean nation offers, Medina said that "the country has a privileged geographic location, efficient telecom services, and qualified manual labor at competitive prices."

The initial investment will be private capital, while the Government is committed to support the project, and to assure the local infrastructure and basic services in the Santo Domingo’s Cybernetic Park, where the facilities are going to be built.

The Dominican Government expects that the Caribbean NAP, which could begin operating by mid 2007, serves to attract large companies in the information and communication technologies sector, such as software manufacturers, calling centers, tertiary office and file conversion services.

Together with the Cybernetic Park and the Las Americas Technological Institute (ITLA), the Caribbean NAP forms part of the "Technological Corridor,” with which the Government seeks to motorize a new economy in the country, based on the information and knowledge industry.

Dominican Today - Portal Alta Tecnologia

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