Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2013

Flamingo TV reduces upstream connectivity costs with connection to AMS-IX Caribbean

Signing connection agreement Flamingo TV - AMS-IX CaribbeanWILLEMSTAD – Flamingo TV, Bonaire’s largest provider of broadband connections for the delivery of cable television as well as optical fiber products, today signed a connection agreement with AMS-IX Caribbean at the 20th LACNIC event in Willemstad, Curaçao. With this connection, Flamingo TV will be able to reduce upstream connectivity costs and latency and improve quality of service. Next to cable and fiber channel products, Flamingo TV also delivers digital television and will soon offer telecom services.

The infrastructure of AMS-IX Caribbean allows members and customers to interconnect and exchange IP traffic, better known as peering, directly with all other AMS-IX Caribbean customers. This reduces the need to send traffic through a commercial transit provider. With many major global IP networks and other Internet players being customers of AMS-IX Caribbean, a connection allows for easy and relatively cheap connectivity to these parties through BGP peering.

“With a connection to AMS-IX Caribbean, we are certain the services to our clients will improve, says Patrick R. Dowling, General Manager of Flamingo TV BV. “With future developments like our digital television and telecom offerings, we need to stay loyal to our proposition of being a trusted broadcast company. By connecting to AMS-IX Caribbean we will do just that, and also reduce costs.”

“It is good to see that parties such as Flamingo TV build on AMS-IX Caribbean to improve their services and reduce connectivity costs at the same time”, says Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “This definitely facilitates future growth of their business. Next to this, AMS-IX Caribbean is proud to welcome Flamingo TV to join our exchange traffic.”

The Internet market in the Caribbean has experienced some excellent growth in the last few years. The exchange traffic at AMS-IX Caribbean grew to twelve members; peak traffic has reached 3.8 Gbps and between 2011 and 2013 the peak traffic grew by 150%.

Photo by Petra Wensing | From left to right: J.D. De Canha (Director of the Bureau of Telecommunications and Post for the Netherlands Antilles), Job Witteman (CEO of AMS-IX), Patrick R. Dowling (General Manager of Flamingo TV) and Nico Scheper (Business Development Manager of AMS-IX Caribbean)

About AMS-IX Caribbean
In 2008, AMS-IX used its successful business model formula to help found CAR-IX in cooperation with the running minister as well as Bureau Telecommunications and Post at the Dutch Antilles. While AMS-IX was responsible for operating the technical platform, the members of the CAR-IX Association were responsible for the strategic direction.

Since April 2013, the Caribbean Internet Exchange (CAR-IX) is an integral part of the AMS-IX environment and carries the name AMS-IX Caribbean. By being fully responsible for the management and operations of the peering platform, AMS-IX can coordinate all activities more closely, as a result work more efficiently and further contribute to the Internet ecosystem in the Caribbean area.

AMS-IX Caribbean’s infrastructure is housed at the E-Commerce Park Datacenter in Willemstad, Curaçao. This is a professional and neutral tier III type data center, located in the government appointed E-Zone - Vredenberg.

About Flamingo Television Bonaire BV
Flamingo Television Bonaire BV is the largest provider of cable television on Bonaire and provides broadband connections on both cable and optical fiber. Besides these services, Flamingo TV also delivers digital television and will soon be supplying telecom services. Flamingo Television Bonaire BV was founded on March 20, 1985 and was the first cable company in the former Netherlands Antilles.

Flamingo TV operates in different markets and has its own cable and fiber infrastructure, strategic locations and necessary permits and licenses.

About AMS-IX
Established in the early 1990s, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. AMS-IX interconnects over 600 IP networks and its business traffic has a peak of more than 2.5 Terabit per second, making it the largest Internet Exchange in the world. The AMS-IX platform provides a professional, high quality, non-blocking peering service for all types of IP traffic, be it regular IP data such as email or web content, to also video/TV and hosting and cloud parties. AMS-IX additionally hosts the first mobile peering point worldwide, the Global GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) and the Mobile Data Exchange (MDX) and the first interconnection of IPX networks (Inter-IPX). AMS-IX deploys two other Internet Exchanges abroad: AMS-IX Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific region and AMS-IX Caribbean based in Curacao. Currently, the AMS-IX East Africa Exchange Point is being built in Mombasa, Kenya.

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