Roundup: for the week ending 2 September 2012

A roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 September 2012., 27 August 2012

St Lucia to Expand Broadband Access

St. Lucia – St Lucia’s government has approved access to a $6 million loan from the International Development Association to provide support for ICT and broadband in the country… more

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Anti-theft software on computer leads police to burglar who gets two year jail term

St. Kitts & Nevis – An anti-theft software which was downloaded to a laptop stolen in the Frigate Bay area has resulted in a two-year jail term for one of two men arrested during the investigation… more

Adjustment of TelEm Group switching equipment will cause interruption in landline services Wednesday night

St. Maarten – TelEm Group will be making adjustments to company switching equipment from Midnight tonight to accommodate necessary changes for adoption of the ongoing North America Numbering Plan (NANP) system… more

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Microsoft hosts efficiency seminar at Hilton

Bahamas – The Latin American market, including The Bahamas and the Caribbean, represents $5 billion in business for the world’s leading software company… more

Public library also Internet ‘hot-spot’

Cayman Islands – The George Town Public Library in Grand Cayman has become an Internet hot-spot where dozens of people gather every day for wireless Internet access to the World Wide Web… more

The high cost of crime

Jamaica – Lottery scam inflows may be Jamaica’s third largest foreign exchange earner. Income from defrauding persons overseas only follows remittances and tourism earnings, if estimates of US$300 million a year are true… more

Technology Minister wants Improvement in Digital Literacy

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is pushing for improvement in digital literacy of Jamaicans… more

Thursday, 30 August 2012

19-Y-O Nabbed By Lottery Scam Task Force

Jamaica – He has been under the microscope of the Lottery Scam Task Force for some time. The 19-year-old youth has been accused of fleecing a number of United States nationals of millions of dollars. Two of the victims were conned out of US$220,000 in total… more

Four firms awarded $833,331 in contracts to build fiber hubs

US Virgin Islands – V.I. Next Generation Network board members approved contracts Wednesday for the construction of the next six fiber access points… more

Karib Cable Celebrates 15 Years

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Karib Cable, this country’s sole cable television service provider, is marking 15 years of unbroken service… more

LIME Unveils New Directory

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – The 2012 – 2013 telecommunications services directory was officially unveiled last Wednesday, August 29, at a ceremony held at LIME headquarters, Kingstown… more

Friday, 31 August 2012

BTC’s First Independent Store To Open By October

Bahamas – The first independently-owned Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) retail outlet is set to open in Grand Bahama by early October, the newly-privatised carrier yesterday saying its store upgrades had already sparked “a material bump up in sales”… more

BTC Negotiator’s ‘Not Paid $1m’

Bahamas – A local tabloid’s article that $1 million will be paid to the government’s negotiating team for recapturing the majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company was dismissed as “completely false” by Prime Minister Christie… more

URCA awards spectrum license to BTC

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has issued a 700 MHz[1] spectrum license to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC).  The issuing of a license for new spectrum bandwidth to Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) is also expected… more

Six sent home over missing laptops

Guyana – Six staff members of the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project have been sent home to facilitate a probe by police into the theft of around 150 laptops, the Government Information Agency reported today… more

OAS Presents Mobile Simulation Laboratory for Cyber-Attack Response Exercises

Regional – The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today presented a mobile simulation laboratory of advanced technology that will be incorporated into its program to respond to cyber attacks and will be available to Member States in order to help them secure their critical infrastructure and information systems… more

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Cyber attacks jump

Jamaica – “Cybercrimes are on the rise in this land… We have to be responsible as citizens and be careful what we put on digital media,” said Inspector Warren Williams, who heads the constabulary force’s Cybercrimes Investigation and Research Unit… more

Hackers Beware

Jamaica – A number of websites have now popped up on the radar of Jamaican cybercrime investigators… more

Jamaicans Warned About Putting Personal Information on the Internet

Jamaica – Jamaicans are being urged to be very careful in putting  personal information  on the Internet, as the police are reporting an increase in cases of cyber crimes across the island over the last few years… more

Montserrat launches online visa application system

Montserrat – The government of Montserrat has achieved one of its major reform milestones with the announcement that, from September 1, visa applications can be processed online… more

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Telecoms Innovator To Rap With Students

Jamaica – Local science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with telecoms innovator Jesse Russell… more

Islandcom Makes The Leap To 4G Wireless Speed

Turks & Caicos Islands – The Turks and Caicos Islands’s fastest wireless network just got faster, making the leap from 3G to 4G speed on July 27… more


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