Roundup: for the week ending 29 July 2012

A roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 23 July to Sunday 29 July 2012.

Monday, 23 July 2012 the Free Market

Antigua & Barbuda – New information reaching Caribarena indicates that the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda forced APUA into the newly established telecommunications Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prior to the document being vetted by the Attorney General’s office… more

Bahamas Prime Minister addresses CANTO Conference

Bahamas – The following are remarks delivered by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie MP who was the Keynote Speaker at the CANTO 28th Annual Conference & Trade Show held at the Miami Hyatt Regency Hotel on Sunday 21st July 2012: … more

Digicel welcomes High Court ruling

Guyana – Digicel (Guyana) on Monday lauded the decision of Justice Rishi Persaud of the Commercial Division of the High Court as delivered last Friday in which he ruled that the monopoly held by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) to provide telecommunications service or to regulate voice and data transmission over the internet is unlawful and void… more

Subscriber wins legal battle against GT&T

Guyana – Justice Rishi Persaud on Friday ruled against the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, and awarded damages in excess of $850,000 to James Samuels who took the telecommunications giant to court after the disruption of his DSL service back in 2006… more

LIME Foundation kicks off annual Web Design Summer Programme

Jamaica – The LIME Jamaica Foundation last Monday launched its annual Summer Web Design Programme targeting youngsters between ages 13 and 16 with an emphasis on those from underserved circumstances… more

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Olympian one-upmanship?

Antigua & Barbuda – Dear Editor, I am very upset to see that American-style one-upmanship is at play here in Antigua for the Olympics… more

PM reaffirms BTC agenda at CANTO

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie has reaffirmed his commitment to the re-nationalization of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) during an international conference held in Miami… more

Alleged top hacker sent to prison to await trial

Dominican Republic – At least eight police agents on Tuesday afternoon escorted Jose A. Gomez Canaan (Jochy) to Najayo prison, where he’ll be held during three months to await trial… more in huge slash of international rates; GT&T appeals High Court ruling

Guyana – The Chief Executive Officer of Digicel (Guyana), Gregory Dean on Tuesday said his company is going ahead with its 62 percent cut in overseas rates from Tuesday in keeping with a  High  Court ruling, even as the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) says it has filed an appeal… more

Lottery scam criminals target head of police task force

Jamaica – The head of the Lottery Scam Task Force, Superintendent Leon Clunis, has been marked for death by criminals involved in the illegal activity, the Jamaica Observer has learnt… more

St Kitts-Nevis gets Internet root server

St. Kitts & Nevis – Internet users and businesses in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis received a major boost with news that the country now has its own Internet DNS root server… more

Flow gets new regional website

Trinidad & Tobago – Columbus Communications has launched a new regional website for its retail cable TV brand Flow… more

ICT Crucial To Future Caribbean Development

USA – Caribbean telecommunication officials began a three-day meeting in Miami, Florida, on Sunday underscoring the need to develop the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector to be able to meet the goals of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015… more

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Cable Bahamas, BCB strike deal for Olympics coverage

Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) and Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) have come to an agreement to provide blanket coverage of the London 2012 Olympics… more eyes ‘question marks’ at CWC

Bahamas – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has identified “significant country risk” and “lack of full ownership” in key assets as hindrances for Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) in the near term… more

Marpin and SAT seal Olympic deal

Dominica – Subscribers of Marpin 2K4 Ltd who were concerned that they might not have been able to see the 2012 Olympic Games can now put that to rest… more

Island Outsourcers aims for 2,000 jobs

Jamaica – Yoni Epstein has 300 job applications on his desk even though he hasn’t advertised any of his 20 new call-centre positions… more

Digicel slashes int’l rates up to 88%

Guyana – On Friday, Justice Rishi Persaud ruled that “the licence granting an exclusive right or monopoly to provide telecommunication service or to control or regulate voice and data transmission on the internet is unlawful and void.” … more

Montserrat Diaspora gets free lines to connect to local radio

Montserrat – LIME Montserrat has provided one more way for nationals in the Diaspora to stay connected with home and make a contribution to the island’s development… more

Minister Phillip attends CANTO 28th annual conference in Miami

St. Kitts & Nevis – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Information Technology, the Hon. Glen Phillip is among Caribbean telecommunication officials attending a three-day meeting in Miami, Florida who have underscored the need to develop the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector to be able to meet the goals of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015… more

Caribbean embraces mobile broadband

USA – The Caribbean is embracing mobile broadband, and Ericsson, one of the world’s leading providers of communications technology and services, is leading the change… more

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Same price for 4G

Antigua & Barbuda – Residents are not expected to pay more to access what’s known in the telecoms market as 4G technology when it is introduced here… more

ZNS, Cable Bahamas reach deal on Olympics

Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) has finalized a deal with Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) to allow coverage of the London 2012 Olympics to be broadcast on television channels other than ZNS 13… more

Digicel ready for legal showdown with GT&T over cheaper int’l rates – Digicel on Thursday declared that it is willing and ready to fight any legal action mounted by or on behalf of GT&T and will aggressively defend its legal right to provide low cost international calls to the people of Guyana… more

GT&T secures injunction against Digicel’s new rates

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has gotten an injunction barring Digicel from going ahead with its offer of reduced international calling rates with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) also coming down on it for the move… more

Paulwell pledges number portability this year

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell has noted that number portability is close to becoming a reality in Jamaica… more

Telem launches new numbering plan on Statia — Rohie Ryddim to spice up introduction at Carnival Village

St. Maarten – It’s Carnival time in Statia and the Telem Group of Companies will be launching a new numbering plan for St. Eustatius in grand carnival style… more

OCM gets approval for 4 stations

Trinidad & Tobago – The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has advised One Caribbean Media Ltd (OCM) that the TATT board of directors has approved the transfer of concessions and associated licences of four radio stations, including i95.5 FM, to an OCM subsidiary… more

Antigua wins region’s top tech award

USA – Antigua & Barbuda has scored big once again in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The nation captured the prestigious Connect the Caribbean Project of the Year Award at the annual meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO) in Miami, Florida… more

Friday, 27 July 2012

New Internet gaming committee

Antigua & Barbuda – Government has assembled a team to consider its next steps in the on-going internet gaming dispute with the United States… more

$20m Dividend To Double Gov’t’S BTC Return In 12 Months

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has almost doubled the Government’s return on its 49 per cent minority stake in 12 months, its chief executive yesterday saying the company was forecast to pay the Christie administration a further $20 million in dividends this year… more success for BTC

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has seen a massive increase in the usage of its 4G network since its rollout earlier this year, according to BTC CEO Geoff Houston… more

BTC Sees 400% Data Explosion

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive yesterday said the company expects to complete its 4G roll-out across the country by end-September 2012, and introduce Long Term Evolution (LTE) service within the next 18 months… more

Govt’s BTC profits double, CEO says

Bahamas – The government is receiving almost double the revenue from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) as a 49 percent owner than it did when it owned the entire company, BTC CEO Geoff Houston said yesterday… more

Phone Service To Be ‘Better Than The US’

Bahamas – Telecommunications services in the Bahamas will be on par or better than the United States in two to three months, BTC CEO Geoff Houston promised yesterday… more

1.4 M Dominican children face the Web’s perils

Dominican Republic – 1.4 million children and minors in the Dominican Republic go online from home, 90 percent of which use the Web and more than 60% talk in chat rooms daily… more

Int’l call rates reduction…Digicel vows to defend decision

Guyana – Mobile giant, Digicel, has vowed to aggressively defend its decision to slash international call rates, despite criticisms by government and an appeal to a court decision by competitor, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T)… more

PUC orders Digicel to cancel rate adjustment

Guyana – The Public Utilities Commission dealt a severe blow to the expanses of Digicel. By way of a letter dated July 26, 2012, the commission ordered and directed that Digicel “forthwith withdraw the notices which your company caused to be published” advertising drastically reduced rates for international calls… more

Digicel, Boom Sign Us$17M Mobile Banking Deal

Jamaica – Mobile operator Digicel Group has signed a US$17-million ($1.5b) financing arrangement with mobile banking outfit Boom Financial, formerly m-Via, to spearhead remittance products in the region… more

Flow customers to benefit from new technology

Jamaica – Cable TV and telephone provider Flow yesterday said it is well on the way to introducing new, cutting-edge technology that will allow customers to watch their favourite programmes remotely, using devices such as smartphones, computers and tablets… more

Flow joins telecoms battle

Jamaica – Flow joined the bitter telecoms war yesterday, attacking LIME for being “hypocritical” in its campaign to cut interconnection rates… more

Shareholders heckle LIME directors

Jamaica – Shareholders at the LIME Annual General Meeting chastised their directors yesterday for a four-year dividend “drought”… more

St Kitts-Nevis government engages partners on functioning of new DNS root server

St Kitts & Nevis – The government of St Kitts and Nevis is engaging internet service providers LIME and The Cable to address concerns and iron out functionality issues related to the recent acquisition of an Internet Domain Name System Root Server… more

Saturday, 28 July 2012

APUA cops second at mobile application development competition

Antigua & Barbuda – Two young mobile application developers of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) have placed the local company on the map, with a second place win in the prestigious Ericsson i-Create Mobile Application Competition… more

Information minister attends ICT Summit in Panama

Antigua & Barbuda – Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Edmond Mansoor returned from the recently concluded International Telecommunications Union’s Connect the Americas Summit in Panama… more

BTC service disruptions to continue through September

Bahamas – Even though the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) previously said upgrades to its Internet, cellular and landline platforms would be complete this month, cellular customers can expect at least another two months of major service disruptions, BTC CEO Geoff Houston announced Thursday… more

Sunday, 29 July 2012

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