attracts No. 5 ranking in world of telecom hubs
national magazine has ranked Miami as one of the top five telecommunications
hubs in the world, ahead of cities such as San Francisco, Chicago
and Washington, DC.
was rated as the No. 5 telecom city on the globe in the Sept. 1
edition of America's Network, based on criteria established by the
"Rating the World's Top 20 Telecom Hubs," America's Network
said it used several criteria including access to global cables
and satellite infrastructure, the presence of multinational and
telecom investments, and telecom's importance as an economic engine
to a region. Based on that, Miami was ranked behind No. 1 New York
City, No. 2 Tokyo, No. 3 London and No. 4 Los Angeles.
Jackson, chairman of the telecommunications and information technology
committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce One Community
One Goal program and a business development executive for IBM, said
the community should be proud of being ranked among the top five
clearly puts us on notice that we are positioned to be a major player
in the telecom and IT world," Mr. Jackson said. "As such
we are going to have to build the workforce and the infrastructure
and get the right underpinnings of a world class IT and telecom
Finzi, COO and executive vice president for telecom infrastructure
company EPIK Communications, said Miami's close relationship with
Latin America contributed to the ranking.
ranking is objective and is not based on predictors but on the amount
of telecom traffic that goes between the cities," Mr. Finzi
said. "The main reason is clearly the South American connection."
ranking was based on a study by the Advanstar Telecom Group, experts
to the report, Miami is a force in the telecom world because of
the geographic advantage it offers Latin American businesses trying
to obtain access to the US market.
US cities on the international list included Washington, DC, ranked
No. 6; Chicago, No. 7; San Francisco, No. 8 and Dallas, No. 11.
the last decade, Miami has gone from being the pre-eminent port
between the US and Latin America," according to the article,
"to become the most important gathering of telecommunications
multinationals and key telecom traffic routes facilities going into
magazine cites the proposed Technology Center of the Americas, a
network access point that will provide optical switching technology
for the Americas, as a key ingredient to help Miami move up in the
center, which is being built by local developer Terremark at 50
NE Ninth St., will be operated by telecom company Telcordia. The
center, scheduled to be complete by July 2001, will be organized
by a consortium of telecom carriers.
Miami has a limitation in Internet connectivity," EPIK's Mr.
Finzi said. "By creating the NAP we are taking on the challenge
to make the Internet a much bigger component of telecommunications."
Los Angeles was ranked fourth in the article, high-tech Åber cities
like San Jose and Santa Clara, CA Silicon Valley were
not included among the top 20.
chamber's Mr. Jackson said Silicon Valley does not have a tier one
Network Access Point.
though there are three different NAPs in Silicon Valley the only
tier-one NAP is in Los Angeles," Mr. Jackson said. "That
indicates that a greater amount of IT traffic travels through Los
one refers to a network that is not carrier-specific.
the magazine's assessment was made before the creation of the planned
Network Access Point, Mr. Jackson said, Miami has a lot of opportunity
to grow as a telecom center.
is," he said, "no telling where we will be the next time
that survey is done."