Roundup: for the week ending 18 December 2011

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

Monday, 12 December 2011

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

BTC launches 4G in Grand Bahama

Bahamas – Executives of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), including CEO Geoff Houston, were in Grand Bahama yesterday for the soft launch of 4G… more

Security matters

Barbados – Cyber crime has a number of definitions that not only includes crime perpetrated over the Internet but also any crime in which a piece of computer-based technology is used, including your smartphones… more

LIME, Digicel could roll out 4G by late 2012

Turks and Caicos Islands – The two major telecommunications company in the TCI – LIME and Digicel – said they expect to roll out 4G service by the end of next year… more

Cyber criminals make more than drug cartels

Trinidad and Tobago – Online crime groups make more money than drug cartels worldwide, and arresting these cyber criminals can be exceedingly difficult… more

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) taps DigitalRoute for 4G mediation

Bahamas – BTC’s aim when they launched 4G in November was 20 to 30 times faster data speeds — it worked and is only the beginning… more

‘BOJ should run mobile money’

Jamaica – It used to be that you put coins into phones; soon you may be able to get cash out of them. But the technology that will allow mobile money should not be tied to particular service providers, says the think tank Solutions for Society… more

US Actor, Digicel Forge 12-Month Partnership

Haiti – Ben Stiller’s philanthropic organisation, the Stiller Foundation, has announced a partnership with the Digicel Foundation to build schools in Haiti to help support the country’s education system… more

Thursday, 15 December 2011

BTL – Profits up, costs down

Belize – Belize Telemedia Limited will be holding its 5th Annual General Meeting on Thursday December 15th at the Princess Hotel and Casino. For the company and its shareholders, it will be a good day as the company is boasting that it has increased its earnings and cut down on costs… more

Friday, 16 December 2011

Digicel goes after LIME’s fixed line customers in Barbados

Barbados – MOBILE phone provider Digicel says market penetration for cellphones in Barbados is nearly maxed out and it is now going after LIME’s substantial fixed line customers… more

Three face court over embezzlement of $48M in Digicel funds

Guyana – The alleged embezzlement of a hefty sum has landed three women before the courts… more

Digicel Foundation delivers on its Post-Earthquake promise to build 50 Schools in Haiti

Haiti – The Digicel Haiti Foundation on Wednesday hosted the official opening of the new College Classique d’Haiti school buildings in Turgeau, Port-au-Prince, making it the last of 50 schools rebuilt as part of the Digicel Foundation’s initial commitment following the devastating earthquake which struck the country on January 12th, 2010… more

Cable & Wireless LIME Jamaica lights up 100 Mbps FTTH service

Jamaica – Cable and Wireless Communications’ (LSE: CW.L) Caribbean business LIME has officially launched its 100 Mbps residential Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service… more

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Funding available for ICT projects until next year

Barbados – Funding is currently available at the Ministry of Commerce and Trade for information and communications technology (ICT) projects… more

OAS to debate strengthening of cyber security

USA – The member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) have agreed to debate the theme “Strengthening Cyber Security in the Americas,” during the XII Regular Session of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), to be held March 8, 2012, at the headquarters of the hemispheric organization in Washington, DC… more

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Flow Swallows Infochannel

Jamaica – Triple-service provider Columbus Communications, trading as Flow, has increased its customer base through the acquisition of the business of InfoChannel, Jamaica’s longest operating Internet-service provider… more

LIME To Roll Out More TV Services

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider LIME continues its move to enhance services offered within Jamaica and the wider region, its latest initiative aimed at delivering television services and video on-demand content throughout the Caribbean… more

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