Roundup: for the week ending 15 April 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 9 April to Sunday 15 April 2012., 9 April 2012

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

LIME takes its ‘Don’t text and drive message’ on the road

Antigua & Barbuda – Mounting support for legislation to ban the use of cell phone by motorists is coming from telecommunications giant LIME as the company over the weekend launched it’s Don’t Text and Drive campaign… more

4G For Abaco, Bimini, Berry Islands By Mid-May

Bahamas – BTC customers throughout Abaco and the northern Bahamas will experience consistent, improved cellular service including faster speeds for downloads and browsing on smart phones when the company completes its revamp of the wireless system by mid-May, officials said today… more

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

LIME offers free talk time after three minutes

Jamaica – LIME today introduced a promotion that will offer prepaid mobile customers 27 minutes of free talk time after each three minute calls… more

Thursday, 12 April 2012

GT&T shares buyer linked to Chinese military

Guyana – China’s Datang Telecom Technology and Industry Group has been identified as the Hong Kong-based buyer of 20 per cent of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T)… more

Digicel giving workers option to leave voluntarily

Jamaica – Digicel today announced a re-opening of its voluntary separation programme for its Jamaica-based staff… more

LIME Rolls Out New Value Packages For Customers

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm LIME yesterday introduced a new promotion that it said would offer its prepaid mobile customers phone calls and text messages for less than one Jamaican dollar… more

Friday, 13 April 2012

Antigua & Barbuda shows interest in telecoms grouping

Antigua & Barbuda – The twin-island-state has indicated its interest in working closer with the member states of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)… more

Deadline For Registration Of Cellphones Extended

Belize – Today would have marked the deadline for cellular phone registration at both Belize Telemedia Limited and Speednet Telephone Company. The deadline; however, has once again been extended for a three month period. The last extension made was on March 15th which proposed today as the final call… more

Military ties to local telecoms investors…. This presents ominous implications – Dr. Roopnaraine

Guyana – The fact that the two Chinese companies that are heavily investing in Guyana’s telecommunications industry both share links with the Chinese military namely the Peoples Liberation Army, is a very ominous revelation… more

Digicel offers payouts to workers who choose to go

Jamaica – Digicel began cutting jobs yesterday, offering enhanced packages to its 1,170 Jamaican staff if they resign voluntarily… more

Flow’s owner looks to expand

Jamaica – Columbus International, which operates in Jamaica as Flow, is preparing to raise funds for a new round of expansion within the region… more

New Telecoms Bill Hits Hurdle

Jamaica – The technology minister, Phillip Paulwell has indicated that there will be further delays in bringing the draft telecommunication bill to Parliament because it is flawed… more

TSTT customers to get upgrade

Trinidad & Tobago – Customers using mobile phones which only use the 1,800 megahertz radio frequency spectrum will be required to upgrade their handsets as telecoms provider TSTT prepares to deactivate that component of its mobile network on May 31… more

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Digicel Expects To Shed 120 Jobs

Jamaica – Mobile operator Digicel Jamaica says that about 120 of its local staff or 10 per cent of its workforce could to take-up its ‘voluntary separation programme’ announced Thursday… more

Sunday, 15 April 2012

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