Roundup: for the week ending 29 January 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January 2012., 23 January 2012

Technology Can Level Playing Field For Students – Robinson

Jamaica – Julian Robinson, minister of state in the Ministry of Mining, Energy and Information Communication Technology, has said Jamaica’s educational system bore similarities to an apartheid system… more

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

New IT book series to be introduced

Antigua & Barbuda – A book series to familiarise readers with the computer and software applications is due to be launched tomorrow… more

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A&B signs on to e-gov’t project

Antigua & Barbuda – Antigua & Barbuda is among six OECS member states, which on Tuesday officially signed on to an agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), under the OECS Electronic Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP)… more

GT&T employee injured as utility pole topples with him

Guyana – Osmond Yaw, an employee of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) who was among several persons conducting extensive work for the company in Lethem, sustained injuries after being struck by a fallen utility pole at around 14:30hrs (2:30pm) yesterday… more

Digicel Haiti Welcomes New CEO Damian Blackburn

Jamaica – Digicel, the best value operator in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific, today announced that Damian Blackburn, formerly CEO of Digicel Honduras, will assume the role of CEO of Digicel Haiti and Group Director of Special Projects effective immediately… more

Dropped signal: Which way now for BlackBerry?

Jamaica – THE once mighty BlackBerry has suffered a rapid and disastrous fall from grace in North America, culminating with the resignation this week of co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis… more

Key sectors targeted to drive economic growth in Jamaica

Jamaica – The key sectors to be targeted for the generation of significant growth of the Jamaican economy are: energy; tourism; information and communications technology (ICT); micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME); divestment of public assets through the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE); the revitalization of foreign direct investment inflows, improved business facilitation and the revamping the incentives regime… more

Telecoms Challenge FTC Jurisdiction In Supreme Court

Jamaica – Telecommunications providers Digicel Jamaica Limited and Oceanic Digital have filed an application in the Supreme Court challenging the jurisdiction of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) in its legal attempt to roll back the Digicel-Claro deal… more

Education Officials Attend ICT/Education Leadership Summit

St. Kitts & Nevis – The integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning environment takes centre stage at an ICT in Education Forum being held in Barbados over the next two days… more

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Free Internet for secondary schools

Antigua & Barbuda – The second component of the Technology for Education 20/20 Initiative targets secondary schools and will see the deployment of campus-wide Wi Fi Internet, a release said… more

Digicel files challenge to FTC suit

Jamaica – Telecoms giant Digicel has filed a suit in the Supreme Court challenging the legal standing of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) to oppose its merger with telecoms provider Claro… more

Friday, 27 January 2012

Caribbean falling short in ICT education

Barbados – The Caribbean seems to be falling behind in the implementation of information and communication technology (ICT) in education… more

Jamaica: “Great Opportunities” in ICT

Jamaica – Jamaica’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector presents the greatest opportunities for job creation through investment, according to Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining… more

Jamaica to stem ICT decline

Jamaica – Minister of Science and Technology Phillip Paulwell has pledged to advance the information communication technology (ICT) sector, making it the catalyst for development and the engine of growth for the country’s economy… more

Paulwell Pledges to Advance ICT

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, has pledged to advance the information communication technology (ICT) sector, making it the catalyst for development and the engine of growth for the country’s economy… more

St. Maarten Cable TV’s Digital Launch Schedule

St. Maarten – St. Maarten Cable TV reminds its subscribers that effective February 1st, 2012, everyone is required to switch to a Motorola digital box to continue receiving service… more

India to help develop Trinidad as ICT hub

Trinidad & Tobago – India’s Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme will facilitate  the advancement of Trinidad and Tobago’ s objective of becoming the ICT hub of the Caribbean and Latin America, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communications Surujrattan Rambachan… more

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Laptop theft up

Barbados – While free WI-FI across the island has been a boon for Barbadians and tourists seeking a wireless Internet connection, it has a serious side-effect: more laptop computers are being stolen… more

BTL litigation begins anew

Belize – The legal proceedings regarding the sale of Belize Telemedia Limited will start all over again, a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice had effected on Thursday, January 26… more

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Bright future for Mobile APPS in St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis – Participants in a St Kitts-Nevis mobile application development workshop have made history, producing the country’s first locally conceived and developed mobile phone applications… more

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