Roundup: for the week ending 30 October 2011

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October 2011.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Digicel Blackberry customers to be reimbursed

Dominica – Following on from RIM’s unprecedented announcement that BlackBerry customers will be able to avail of up to US$100 worth of premium BlackBerry apps in the coming weeks, Digicel is pleased to announce that it will also reimburse those customers affected during last week’s outage… more

World Development Information Day observed globally on Monday

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, acknowledged on Monday, October 24 the international observance of World Development Information Day… more

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

LIME Selects PeerApp to Speed Internet Content Delivery Throughout Caribbean

USA – PeerApp, the leading provider of transparent Internet caching and content delivery platforms, has been selected by LIME, the Caribbean’s premier telecommunications company, to provide its UltraBand transparent caching platform throughout LIME’s Caribbean operations… more

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Major ICT plans in the works

Barbados – The Information Society of Barbados (ISB) is setting plans in motion with the aim of making Barbados into the information and communication technology (ICT) capital of the Caribbean… more

Jamaica to implement global emergency numbers

Jamaica – Jamaica is set to become the first English-speaking Caribbean country to implement the globally-harmonised emergency services numbers, 112 and 911, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has said… more

Universal Emergency Numbers For November

Jamaica – Jamaica is set to be the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to activate the new International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recommendation towards the global harmonisation of emergency numbers… more

U.S. executive gets 15 years for Haiti telecom bribery

USA – The former president of a U.S.-based telecommunications company has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a scheme to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to officials of a Haitian state-owned phone company… more

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Mobile app boosts Antigua tourism

Antigua & Barbuda – Participants at a Mobile App development Training workshop in Antigua and Barbuda have developed an app called “In Antigua” which is designed to promote the island as regional and international tourist destination… more

New iPads Not So Secure

Bahamas – The consumerization of IT is the single most influential technology trend of this decade. Companies are already well aware of it, as they wrestle with the growing influence of smartphones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and on and on… more

SMART still upgrading customers to 3G

Belize – If your attention has been drawn to some dramatic television ads of three young women on a top secret mission, it really has to do with Smart upgrading to its new 3G service… more

Telemedia valuation complete

Belize – The Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow announced at the House Meeting held on Friday October 21st that the government’s valuation process for BTL has been completed… more

Friday, 28 October 2011

Cable Bahamas hosts ‘A Celebration Of Life’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas Ltd. concludes its 3rd annual ‘Stop Breast Cancer Awareness for Life Campaign’, in partnership with Lifetime Networks™, tomorrow with a celebration of life… more

LIME takes maths online

Barbados – LIME is spearheading a new online educational project aimed at students taking the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination… more

LIME To Deliver CXC-Based Content Through Mobile Devices, TV & Internet

Barbados – Thousands of students across the region will soon benefit from an educational programme being pioneered by Telecommunications Company, LIME and which combines elements of popular teen culture with educational subjects based on the CSEC® syllabus… more

Digicel’s network disrupted

Guyana – Digicel’s network has been encountering problems since midday yesterday and according to the company’s Public Relations Officer Shonnet Moore technicians are working around the clock to rectify the situation… more

Cellphones don’t cause cancer — Danish study

Jamaica – A Danish study found no evidence of a link between cell phone use and cancer, adding fuel to the debate over whether mobile devices are carcinogenic… more

Next Generation Network board fires CEO

US Virgin Islands – The territorial agency pushing for open-access broadband fired its president and chief executive officer for cause during a special meeting Thursday… more

Saturday, 29 October 2011

First shipment of 27,000 laptops arrive

Guyana – GOVERNMENT’S ‘One Laptop Per Family’ (OLPF) Project, which promises the free distribution of laptops to 90 Guyanese families over a two-year period, is all set for a marathon kick-off within another week, with the arrival of the first consignment of 27,000 laptops in the country yesterday… more

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Media organisation condemns state advertising boycott of media houses

Trinidad and Tobago – The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MMATT) says it is concerned over reports that the Kamla Persad Bissessar administration has been engaged in a sanctions against two media houses in the form of an advertising boycott… more