Removing Barriers to connectivity and stimulating better access in the Region
Developing countries, especially the small island developing states (SIDS) characteristic of many countries and territories in the Caribbean region, are subject to a broad range of Internet connectivity challenges.
In addition to difficulties related to their geographic isolation, small size and low income levels, SIDS often lack a sufficiently competitive communications market environment. Such environments add to their burdens and result in the high cost of Internet access and services, which, in turn, limits adoption and use by citizens and the extent to which they can participate in the digital revolution.
Information and communications technologies (ICTs), specifically the Internet, have become a multimode delivery channel for a variety of services, including voice, data and video services. The Internet is generally recognised as a catalyst to a country’s economic growth and development, and to improving its global competitiveness.
As with other regions, Caribbean countries are increasingly looking to the Internet to drive economic and social development. To effectively support these aspirations, however, some of the enabling elements of the supply chain still need to be put in place in many of the countries in order to create the foundation for the outcomes envisaged.