Roundup: for the week ending 13 November 2011

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 7 November to Sunday 13 November 2011.

(source: johnthurm, flickr)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Columbus Networks Deploys Xtera Regional Repeatered Submarine Solution on ARCOS-1

USA – Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical networking solutions, today announced that Columbus Networks upgraded the ARCOS-1 cable system with its recently-introduced regional repeatered Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE)… more

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

GT&T’s Blackberry launching set for Friday

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) is gearing to launch its Blackberry Service on Friday with “affordable” prices and faster internet browsing, among other attractive features, company officials disclosed yesterday… more

Cloud-computing market set to burst

Jamaica – The selling points for cloud services are that it frees companies from having to spend big on technology support and nullifies geography as a barrier to in-house information, which can be plugged from the cloud as needed… more

Digicel Mifi Modem A Hit With SMEs

Jamaica – “We have seen a fantastic reaction from among our SME (small and medium enterprise) users for the MiFi device since we launched it over two months ago,” McElvanna said… more

Guyana government rolls out laptop distribution programme

Guyana – Just around 1,000 Guyanese families received Netbook computers on Tuesday as government commenced the distribution phase of its One Laptop Per Family programme… more

Thursday, 10 November 2011

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Mobile app boosts Antigua’s tourism

Antigua – 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

BTC on target for flagship store opening

Bahamas – BTC officials announced today they are on target for a December 1 opening of the company’s new flagship store at the Mall at Marathon, a 6,500-square foot facility they pledge will transform doing business with the telecom company… more

URCA releases proposed code of practice to regulate media providers

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday released its proposals to regulate media providers in The Bahamas… more

Today Is 11.11.11 – Wi-Fi Barbados Wi Not!

Barbados – Today is 11/11/11.  The day the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) last year promised to deliver free Wi-Fi access island wide… more

LIME ‘Cloud’ gives more to business customers in the region

Dominica – Telecoms Company LIME announced that it will be expanding its suite of LIME Cloud services across its 13 markets in the region starting today (November 10)… more

Smartphone competition kicks into gear

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) on Friday entered the local Blackberry market and signaled plans to get into the Iphone and Android markets… more

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Good start for free Wi-Fi

Barbados – As of yesterday, over 150 000 Barbadians were accessing free Wi-Fi around the island… more

Yes its here… GT&T’s Blackberry Service

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) yesterday launched its Blackberry service and introduced four smart phones, with a boast that even if it was not the first, it would be the best… more

ICT investors showing interest in Jamaica

Jamaica – As the Jamaican government’s efforts to secure increased investments in information communication technology (ICT) begin to bear fruit, special envoy with responsibility for ICT in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Ambassador Patrick Casserly, said that a “very large player” will be coming to the island soon… more

IDB partners with CANTO to accelerate broadband development in the Caribbean

USA – Seventy-five information communication technology (ICT) experts and decision makers, including Caribbean government ministers, regulators, representatives of regional organizations, operators, suppliers and civil society had open discussions regarding “Accelerating Broadband Development in the Caribbean” during the CANTO-IDB Broadband Forum held in Miami on November 7, 2011… more

Sunday, 13 November 2011

LIME expands Cloud offering

Jamaica – Telecoms company LIME announced on Friday that it will be expanding its suite of LIME Cloud services across its 13 markets in the region… more

Telephone directory competition for LIME

Jamaica – Jamaicans will soon have an alternative directory to choose from. RedBk Jamaica Limited plans to launch by year end an all-inclusive directory of mobile and landline numbers for businesses and individuals, with no bias for service providers… more