Roundup: for the week ending 18 September 2011

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 12 September to Sunday 18 September 2011.

Monday, 12 September 2011

LIME partners with Ericsson for mobile network modernization

Caribbean –  Users in 12 Caribbean territories will benefit from state-of-the-art technology and improved services, with particular benefits for smartphone users. The new mobile broadband network includes RBS 6000 base stations, an energy-efficient compact site solution that supports multiple cellular network standards… more

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Netflix raised the curtain

Bahamas – Bahamians now have another option to legitimately download and watch movie and television content, as Netflix has officially opened its cyber-doors to this market… more

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Teachers to receive laptops during ICTFEST 2011

Antigua and Barbuda – Over 500 teachers will receive laptops during this year’s ICTFEST, under the Technology for Education 20/20 component of the Connect Antigua & Barbuda Initiative… more

URCA approves BTC’s rate of zero

Bahamas – Telecommunications companies looking to enter the new liberalized market won’t have to worry about BTC charges for automated services such as time and weather — though a decision has not been made on the frequently used directory services… more

LIME to modernize mobile network in the Caribbean

Caribbean – The British telecommunications company, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), says it Caribbean group, LIME, will upgrade and modernise its mobile network in 12 regional countries… more

LIME celebrates launch of 4G mobile network

Cayman Islands – The launch of LIME’s 4G mobile network was celebrated with a kick-off party at Royal Palms on 3 September. According to LIME, some 3,000 people passed through, with attendees having the opportunity to see demonstrations of mobile devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone, as well as the Blackberry Playbook and the Samsung Galaxy S2, one of the few true 4G phones currently on the market… more

‘One Laptop’ contract signed, China to provide another 21,000 units

Guyana – The Guyana government and Chinese firm Haier Electrical Appliances Ltd. Have signed a US$7.5M contract for the supply of 27,000 netbooks for the government’s One Laptop per Family (OLPF) while the Chinese government is looking to provide another 21,000 by year end… more

CVM insists it still holds rights to World Cup football

Jamaica – CVM Television says the network still has the rights to broadcast the 2014 FIFA World Cup exclusively in Jamaica, despite international news reports suggesting that the deal is in jeopardy… more

Govt to bring third mobile operator

Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Government will be inviting proposals for a third mobile operator before the end of the year. She said it was in keeping with the Government’s policy to deepen the competitive environment… more

Seepersad-Bachan: Broadband Internet service for all

Trinidad and Tobago – Government has plans to introduce broadband Internet service to all citizens, according to Public Administration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, who outlined a comprehensive plan to make the service available… more

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Prime Minister briefed about Telem developments

St. Maarten ­– Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams was appraised on Wednesday by Telem Management and Board of Supervisors about the current state of affairs regarding the telecommunication company… more

Friday, 16 September 2011

RIM working to restore BlackBerry services

Jamaica ­– TELECOMMUNICATIONS provider, Digicel, is advising that problems experienced by BlackBerry customers are due to a fault with Research in Motion (RIM), which is the parent company of the smart phone manufacturer… more

What Claro/Digicel deal means for local telecoms – Part 1

Jamaica – Last month’s announcement by Prime Minister Bruce Golding that the government would approve Digicel’s acquisition of Claro’s operations in Jamaica has sparked much debate, most of it centering on whether it will spell a return to monopolistic practices and prevent fair competition. Indeed, the matter has been referred to the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and there have been calls to revise the regulatory playing field… more

BTP Donates Data Server to MPC

St. Maarten – Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten donated two HP servers, a Linksys 4 Bay gig network storage system and a large server rack to the IT department of the Milton Peter College in St. Maarten… more

LaqTel assets to be auctioned

Trinidad and Tobago – Some of the assets of the Dr Joseph Laquis-owned LaqTel Ltd, which had been granted concessions and licenses in 2005 for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in T&T, will be auctioned tomorrow (Saturday)… more


Saturday, 17 September 2011

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

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