Roundup: for the week ending 22 April 2012

This is a roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 16 April to Sunday 22 April 2012., 16 April 2012

Antigua unhappy with US position

Antigua & Barbuda – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has expressed disappointment that the United States has not done enough to settle a long outstanding Internet gaming dispute with Antigua and Barbuda… more

Cayman 27 going digital

Cayman Islands – Cayman 27 is ready to broadcast a fully digital signal. General Manager Mike Martin said, “We are really excited to be able to make the switch as digital television signal means better picture and sound for our viewers.”… more

Jamaica Yellow Pages releases phone app

Jamaica – Jamaica Yellow Pages (JYP) has released a new mobile application, which is currently available for free download at the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace… more

LIME to slash prepaid mobile Internet rates May 1

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider LIME yesterday announced sharp cuts in its prepaid mobile Internet rates, which it says will continue its drive to increase Internet penetration nationally… more

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Infrastructure, ICTs, poverty, crime emerge from OAS summit

Caribbean – The Sixth Summit of the Americas culminated with leaders of member states committing to integrate physical infrastructure in the Americas, promote access to information communication technology, and fight poverty, inequality, inequity and transnational organised crime… more

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

WIV Cable Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Turks & Caicos Islands – WIV Cable television and Internet service provider has appointed Tom Jaskiewicz as its new chief operating officer… more

Thursday, 19 April 2012

BTC’s new Georgetown store opens today

Bahamas – One week before Exuma welcomes the biggest Family Island event on the Bahamian calendar, the National Family Island Regatta, one of the island’s key businesses, will unveil its new look and feel… more

Renovated BTC Exuma Store Opens April 19

Bahamas – One week before Exuma welcomes the biggest Family Island event on the Bahamian calendar, the National Family Island Regatta, one of the island’s key businesses will unveil its new look and feel, ready for the crowds and a future that looks vastly different from its past… more

Unregistered Phone Numbers Will be Disconnected

Belize – In the interest of national security, the government used the Telecommunications Act Edition 2002, section 44 (5) to issue a mandate to the telecommunications companies in Belize on October 12, 2011… more

More TV licences to be approved; APNU agrees to Linden tariff increase

Guyana – Prime Minister Samuel Hinds has announced that government will be freeing up the broadcast spectrum further to allow for more television stations and has committed to several measures to address the concerns of Lindeners following meetings with the APNU… more

Nationwide access to ICT

Trinidad & Tobago – MINISTER of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education (STTE), Fazal Karim, recently called for nationwide access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve citizens’ access to education, health and business services… more

TT$500m upgrade for Trinidad phone network

Trinidad & Tobago – State telecoms provider TSTT will be unrolling a $500 million network upgrade programme which will see customers benefitting from a 4G ready network, wireless hotspots in popular areas, and wireless TV…  more

Friday, 20 April 2012

Cyber libel topic of talk

Cayman Islands – The Business & Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman will host a Lunch and Lecture at noon Friday, 20 April, at Camana Bay’s Hollywood Theaters… more

Jamaica goes harder after lottery scammers

Jamaica – THE Jamaican Government has been forced to take additional action to arrest the growing lottery scam as the Caribbean country moves to protect its international image… more

Jamaica Looks to Tackle Lotto Scam

Jamaica – Jamaica’s government is drafting legislation and setting up an inter-ministerial task force aimed at curb a multi-million-dollar lottery scam in Jamaica… more

Jamaica No. 1 In Telecoms Competition Subcategory

Jamaica – Jamaica dipped one spot to rank 74th overall in The Global Information Technology Report (GITP) 2012 published this month, but tied with 57 other countries to take the number one spot in the telecoms competition subcategory… more

Saturday, 21 April 2012

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Cybercrime Transcends All Borders – McAfee Consultant

Jamaica – Have you ever considered that the private information on the desktop PC at your office or in the living room at home could be accessed by unscrupulous individuals in Poland? … more

Outdated Widescreen TVs Could Be Dumped On Jamaica

Jamaica – The Government fears that a bustling business may develop selling new widescreen television sets with obsolete analogue technology dumped from developed digitised markets for cheap sale in Jamaica… more

Hacker strikes Parliament website

Trinidad and Tobago – The Government’s parliamentary website,, was taken offline yesterday after a computer software hacker apparently breached the security codes of the site and left a mischievous message announcing the security break… more

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