Roundup: for the week ending 9 October 2011

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 3 October to Sunday 9 October 2011.

Monday, 3 October 2011

BTC settles with Leon Williams

Bahamas –The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has reached a settlement with its former CEO and president Leon Williams, according to Williams’ attorney Wayne Munroe… more

Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones In The Caribbean

Canada – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of three BlackBerry® 7 smartphones for the Caribbean region.  The new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 and BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 are expected to be available from carrier partners in the major markets of the Caribbean starting mid-October… more

CWP TO lead ‘Panama without Paper’ project

Panama – Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP), the Panamanian business of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), has been selected as the Government’s partner in digitising the majority of Panama’s civil administration… more

LIME Chooses Avail-TVN for Multiplatform Video Services

USA – Avail-TVN, the leading digital media services company, has been chosen by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) to provide the AnyView(TM) multiplatform video service for its Caribbean subsidiary, LIME. The service will launch commercially in Jamaica and Barbados in Q4, with expansion across the Caribbean to follow in 2012… more

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Residents on Nevis to Pay More for Cable

Nevis – Customers of Caribbean Communications Cable here on Nevis will be paying more for the service as of December 1st 2011… more

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cuban official media accuses U.S. of preparing SMS-based “cyberwar”

Cuba – Cuba accused on Monday the United States of “preparing a spam SMS cyberwar” with the Caribbean island nation to disrupt SMS service to over 1 million Cuban mobile phone users, said the country’s official website Cuba debate in an article… more

Digicel Launches Three New Blackberry 7 Smartphones across the Caribbean

Jamaica – Digicel today launched three new BlackBerry® smartphones based on the new BlackBerry 7 OS: the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 and BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810 smartphones will be available to customers from Digicel across the Caribbean this month… more

JMA annual awards to focus on ICT

Jamaica – THE critical role of information and communication technology in ensuring the global competitiveness of the manufacturing industry will be the focus of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) 43rd Annual Awards Ceremony to be held this Thursday at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel… more

LIME’s Cable TV technology will be able to offer up to 130 channels

Jamaica –LIME, which plans to launch its subscriber television services in Jamaica by next April, will use a platform from technology provider Avail-TVN to deliver its service, which can offer up to 130 live TV channels as well as video on demand to cable boxes and other connected devices… more

LIME pulls plug on Teacha’s Pet

Jamaica – TELECOMS giant LIME yesterday discontinued broadcast on its Mobile TV of Teacha’s Pet, the reality show starring controversial dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel who the police charged with murder late Monday evening… more

RIM expects BlackBerry 7 will strengthen market share

Jamaica – Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry smartphones, have released their new line BlackBerry 7 phones which are expected to further strengthen the company’s market share said Arno Glompner, RIM’s Caribbean corporate communications manager… more

Laptop distributions to Form 1 students continue

Trinidad and Tobago ­– According to the Ministry of Education, the distribution of Lenovo laptops to Form One students throughout the country is continuing without a hitch… more

Thursday, 6 October 2011

LIME Launches 4G Services

Cayman Islands – LIME, the Caribbean business of Cable & Wireless Communications, has launched its first 4G network in the Cayman Islands… more

Karib Cable wins contract:Government ministries

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Karib Cable will spearhead the advancement of internet services here that will set Government ministries and departments on a path towards 100% connectivity… more

Friday, 7 October 2011

NIA to repeal law which acquired Caribbean Communications Cable

Nevis – Speculation that legislation passed in the Nevis Island Assembly in 2009 to take over the lone Cable Television Company on the island would be repealed has now been confirmed… more

Saturday, 8 October 2011

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

‘Jamaica to be ICT hub of the Caribbean’

Jamaica – “JAMAICA is on an exciting journey to transform information and communication technology (ICT) structure and skills base. Jamaica’s place is to lead, not to follow,” said Colm Delves, chief executive officer of the Digicel Group… more