Roundup: for the week ending 5 February 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 30 January to Sunday 5 February 2012., 30 January 2012

Jamaica to Become ICT Destination – Paulwell

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology and Mining Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Jamaica is poised to be the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the western hemisphere, and the Government will be encouraging partnership with the private sector to ensure the expansion of the industry… more

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

LIME powers international telecoms conference

Jamaica – Leading regional carrier, LIME has sponsored Capacity Caribbean Conference 2012, ‘the only C-level meeting for the Caribbean wholesale market’, which is set for February 7 and 8 at its new venue, Montego Bay at the Ritz Carlton Rosehall… more

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

St. Maarten Cable TV’s Digital Upgrade Completed

St. Maarten – St. Maarten Cable TV reminds its subscribers that effective February 1, 2012, everyone is required to switch to a Motorola digital box to continue receiving service. Subscribers are asked to visit the office at Madame Estate to exchange their analog box in order to continue viewing the exciting channel line-up… more

Thursday, 2 February 2012

We are yet to embrace IT with open arms

Trinidad & Tobago – From a country ICT position, we in Trinidad and Tobago use the World Economic Forum’s Global IT Report 2010-2011 to determine our rankings and consequently the degree to which ICT drives our global competitiveness… more

Laptops to boost Barbuda’s ICT programme

Antigua & Barbuda – Principal of the Sir McChesney George Secondary School John Mussington said high speed laptops presented on Wednesday to teachers will bolster the school’s information communication technology programme… more

Friday, 3 February 2012

Late BTC directory victim of ‘production challenges’

Bahamas – The long-awaited phone directory from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has arrived, Guardian Business can confirm… more

BTC’s 18% directory mark-up ‘reasonable’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) proposed 17.65 per cent retail mark-up for directory inquiry calls has been deemed “reasonable” by the sector regulator, although it lacks the information to determine whether the $0.35 per call charge could produce a “margin squeeze”… more

URCA approves directory assistance charge

Bahamas – Can’t remember the number? You might think twice now before calling directory assistance… more

Number portability delayed

Cayman Islands – The long awaited advent of number portability in Cayman will have to wait just a little bit longer… more

GPL defends decision to not lease bandwidth from GT&T

Guyana – The Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) Chief Executive Officer Bharrat Dindyal has said that the security provisions that will be attached to the fiber optic cable that it is installing will be far greater than that of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T)… more

Digicel suit against FTC set for February 28

Jamaica – THE suit filed by telecoms giant Digicel challenging the legal standing of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) to oppose its merger with telecoms provider Claro will be heard in the Supreme Court on February 28… more

Business: LIME Joins FTC Action Against Digicel, Claro Deal

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider LIME has joined an action brought by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the acquisition and subsequent merger of rival mobile telephone operators Digicel Jamaica and Claro Jamaica… more

eMedia Interactive launches online TV in Jamaica — Part II

Jamaica – HAVING raised US$350,000 via a private placement with Pan Caribbean Financial Services to fund its expansion and launch of online TV, eMedia Interactive has announced a stellar six-member board to guide its 25-year-old President and CEO Tyrone Wilson… more

Flow To Invest Another J$30B In Five Years

Jamaica – Flow Jamaica plans to invest US$350 million (J$30b) over the next five years to provide new services of which roughly 10 per cent would be expended this year, the telecom provider said… more

Saturday, 4 February 2012

IT Teachers Get Training

Antigua & Barbuda – The first introductory workshop for sixteen Primary School teachers on how to use ‘My IT notes’, a series that teaches Primary School students how to use a computer, was successful… more

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Dominica to formulate strategy for development of ICT in Education

Dominica – Dominica is on course to take the lead among its regional counterparts in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education… more

In Jamaica, Librarians Taking Leadership Role in ICT Development

Jamaica – Librarians will play a leadership role in developing the Jamaican government’s framework for the ICT sector, according to Information Minister Sen. Sandrea Falconer… more

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