Roundup: for the week ending 23 October 2011

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 17 October to Sunday 23 October 2011.

Monday, 17 October 2011

400 teachers received laptops during ICTFEST 2011

Antigua & Barbuda – LIME and the government of Antigua & Barbuda formally launched the first phase of the Education 20/20 Programme during the ICTFEST 2011 last Wednesday at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre… more

Barbados tech company to help Caribbean entrepreneurs’

Barbados – A Barbadian company aspiring to be one of the region’s leading media companies insist the plans aren’t “pie-in-the-sky illusions”… more

Government to receive video conferencing equipment

Dominica – The Government of Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and St. Lucia have secured financing from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank for the implementation of the OECS Electronic Government Regional Integration Project (EGRIP)… more

Prime Minister Lauds the Efforts of the NTRC

Grenada – Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has lauded the efforts of Grenada’s National Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission (NTRC) for its management of the telecommunications sector in Grenada… more

The failure of telecoms reforms

Guyana – On September 22, 2011, the government mysteriously decided against proceeding with two bills to liberalise the telecommunications sector: The Telecommunications Bill, 2011 and the Public Utilities Commission (Amendment) Bill… more

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

LIME BlackBerry Customers Get Free Apps from RIM

Caribbean – LIME BlackBerry customers will get free premium apps (software applications) courtesy of BlackBerry Operators Research In Motion (RIM) as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions… more

LIME, Digicel Blackberry customers get free Apps after blackout

Jamaica – LIME and Digicel BlackBerry customers will get free premium apps (software applications) courtesy of BlackBerry operators Research In Motion (RIM) as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions… more

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

SRG acquisition opens door to growth

Bahamas – With the recent acquisition of Systems Resource Group (SRG), investors would be wise to closely monitor future growth at Cable Bahamas Limited (CAB). According to Jamaal Stubbs, a senior analyst at CFAL, the internet and cable provider’s move into the fixed-line market will likely have a tremendous upside as consumers seek to bundle their telecommunication services… more

NCCU, LIME partner to provide technology loans

Dominica – A new initiative birthed out of a collaborative effort between National Cooperative Credit Union (NCCU) and telecoms company LIME will allow NCCU members to access small loans for the purchase of computers and internet services… more

Caribbean telecom customers get enhanced online backup and internet security

USA – F-Secure and LIME, the Caribbean’s leading full-service communications provider, have announced a partnership to deliver LIME broadband users F-Secure’s Internet security, online backup and content sharing services for PCs and Macs… more

Feds resume funding V.I. broadband expansion

US Virgin Islands – The territory once again has access to its federal broadband grants. Monday, in a letter from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology Division Chief Usha Ganti, the federal government approved the territory’s corrective action plan for its broadband expansion project… more

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Not quite yet an app for that

Trinidad and Tobago – Mobile networks holding back mobile innovation: 
Access to the Internet on mobile devices affords brand new opportunities to transform industries and improve living conditions in developing countries… more

Friday, 21 October 2011

Phone companies in the dark on liberalization delay

Guyana – Both the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Digicel remain in the dark as to reason for government’s decision to postpone the formalization of arrangements for bringing into force legislation which would have effectively ushered in a liberalized telecommunications sector… more

LIME to offer Personal Mobile Internet Hot-spot – MiFi

Jamaica – As people become more dependent on the internet for everyday activities, telecommunications company LIME is again providing access to its customers, this time with the introduction of a personal mobile-broadband router called ‘MiFi’, which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet at the same time… more

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Government opens two new computer access centres

Antigua & Barbuda – Ottos Comprehensive and Seventh Day Adventist Schools can now boast of community access centres. The new units, part of the government’s Technology for Communication, Education and Empowerment Programme, were dedicated yesterday. They bring the total number of computer access centres to seven… more

Digicel To Reimburse Blackberry Users

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm Digicel says it will be reimbursing BlackBerry customers affected by last week’s service outage… more

Next Generation Network board meets new employees

US Virgin Islands – The V.I. Next Generation Network board met several new network employees Friday and got updates on the organization’s operations… more

Sunday, 23 October 2011

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