Roundup: for the week ending 11 March 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 5 March to Sunday 11 March 2012.

Monday, 5 March 2012

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmgimages/LIME: Net problems caused by hacker

Barbados – Attempts to hack LIME’s Internet system were to blame for the poor Internet service experienced by many of their customers over the past few days… more

LIME says it’s back online

Barbados – LIME says the majority of the customers experiencing degradation in their broadband services over the past few days are now back online and connecting at normal speeds … more

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

What’s Trending: LIME hacker

Barbados – Readers were happy to hear to that LIME had resolved the Internet issues experienced over the last couple days, but many were still disgruntled about the service delivered by the telecoms company… more

Orange announces US$150.0M for coverage, network in 2012

Dominican Republic –The telecom Orange Dominicana on Monday said it will spend US$150.0 million to expand its coverage and improve its network this year, a technological development it sail will benefit the country and its customers… more

First phase e-governance initiative 85 percent complete

Guyana – THE first phase of Guyana’s E-Governance initiative, utilising a fibre optic cable stretching from Lethem to Georgetown, is 85 percent complete and the Project Manager, Alexei Ramotar, said that segment will be ready for commissioning by July month end, if not before… more

Digicel Launches Unprecedented Marketing Campaign Inviting Customers to Feature in TV and Press Ads Alongside Usain Bolt

Jamaica – Digicel today launched a massive regional campaign inviting customers to be a part of its TV and press advertising alongside Digicel Brand Ambassador and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt… more

LIME names exiting executives

St. Kitts & Nevis – THE Country Manager of telecommunications giant LIME (St. Kitts/Nevis), David Lake, has indicated that while four members of the company are indeed “exiting” at the end of this month, rumours which suggest that the company is downsizing are inaccurate… more

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

BTC to Reopen Treasure Cay Store after Rebuild

Bahamas – In a ceremony without great fanfare but with great expectations for the results, BTC executives will cut the ribbon and open the door of the company’s latest achievement — a bustling location in Treasure Cay, Abaco, that will open March 22… more

Unrest brews at BTC

Bahamas – Industrial action is brewing between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and the union representing the line staff of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) over the terms of a new industrial agreement… more

Thursday, 8 March 2012

BTC set to unveil new Abaco store

Bahamas – In a ceremony without great fanfare but with great expectations for the results, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executives will cut the ribbon and open the door of the company’s latest achievement… more

Union Foments Unrest At BTC

Bahamas – Industrial action is brewing between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and the union representing the line staff of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) over the terms of a new industrial agreement… more

Floating bases for maritime emergency response

Guyana – The mandatory installation of early warning systems and the establishment of floating bases are among the measures being looked at to boost the authorities’ capacity to respond to maritime emergencies, the government says… more

PM not displeased with LIME’s action

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was happy with the action taken to cut off the telephone services to a number of government institutions here… more

Friday, 9 March 2012

Digicel Foundation donates computers to ASTEP centres

Jamaica – Six Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme (ASTEP) centres yesterday received well-needed computers through assistance from the Digicel Foundation… more

Digicel’s hold can’t be broken without regulatory change, LIME says

Jamaica – Without a regulatory overhaul in Jamaica’s telecoms market, operator LIME feels it is “almost impossible” to break the 80% market share that competitor Digicel now has, LIME’s chief operating officer, David Crawford, told BNamericas… more

LIME Offers 4G Experience

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider LIME last night announced that, on March 12, it would be boosting the experience of customers on its mobile network to include 4G technology… more

Karib Cable Industrial Matter

St. Lucia – Workers at cable TV and internet provider Karib Cable on Friday staged a brief industrial action in protest over what they claim are a number of issues which need urgent attention… more

Saturday, 10 March 2012

BTC Updating Data

Bahamas – BTC announced that representatives will be in several communities this month to collect information as part of an ongoing effort to bring all existing customer records up to date to help ensure quick response to reports of faults or requests for new service… more

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Ron Abraham ordered to pay $16-m

Dominica – The Former Managing Director of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting, Ron Abraham, has been ordered to pay in excess of 16 million dollars to the company’s liquidator… more

Local Investors Should Tap Into ICT Sector

Jamaica – When Jamaica embarked on the mobilisation of investment to establish state-of-the-art telecoms infrastructure in the late 1990s, hopes ran high that we would have been able to use this as a foundation for generating new economic activity and jobs… more

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