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Roundup: for the week ending 14 October 2012

A roundup of the ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 8 October to Sunday 14 October 2012.

Monday, 8 October 2012

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62693815@N03/BTC Makes Retail History with iPhone Packages

Bahamas – On October 8th, BTC will make local retail history by offering customers Apple iPhones complete with an annual plan that includes voice, data and text… more

Gov’t Eyes ‘Third Party’ To Regain BTC Majority Stake

Bahamas – The Government is exploring whether “a third party” could take a minor stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and thus return the company to majority Bahamian ownership, a Wall Street credit rating agency has revealed… more

No Welcome For Cable Price Rise

Bahamas – Representatives got an earful of why Cable Bahamas does not deserve a price increase in its Super Basic cable television package… more

BUSINESS BYTE: LIME receives top IOC award

Dominica – Dominica’s leading telecommunications provider LIME has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee for its support to sports on the island… more

Digicel Looks For ‘Extraordinary Jamaicans’

Jamaica – Digicel has announced a programme through which it plans to reward extraordinary Jamaicans for the impact they have made on their communities and the people around them… more

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Anguilla to receive tele-medical services from Puerto Rico

Anguilla – Radiologists at HIMAHealth in Puerto Rico will provide tele-radiology services to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Anguilla under an agreement effective October 15, 2012… more

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BTC launches iPhone packages

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executives are seeking to significantly increase revenues generated from the company’s data-related services… more

BTC Talks To Start ‘3rd Week In October’

Bahamas – The Government’s negotiating team will hold its first face-to-face negotiations with Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) in “the third week” of October in their bid to regain a majority 51 per cent Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) stake, Tribune Business was told yesterday… more

URCA Investigates BTC Service Disruption

Bahamas – The Nassau Guardian reports that the Bahamas telecoms watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has launched an investigation into an alleged decrease in quality of service offered by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Caribbean ICT Roadshow 2012

Belize – The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities is pleased to host the Caribbean ICT Roadshow, which is scheduled to take place from the 9th to 12th October, 2012… more

Harnessing the Power of Innovation; using technology for development

Belize – The theme for the event is “Harnessing the Power of Innovation – the engine for ICT enabled Caribbean development”… more

Ride with Caribbean Information & Communications Technology Road Show

Belize – In an age of continuous technological advances, there are still many persons and households that don’t have basic internet access… more

The Importance OF ICT

Belize – There’s an ICT Roadshow which is coming to a city or town center near you… more

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=cable+bahamas&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&biw=1280&bih=664&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=NQPV1VMKVzbl6M:&imgrefurl=http://www.bahamaslocal.com/sip&docid=mjT7_bP8IonxvM&imgurl=http://www.bahamaslocal.com/files/cable-bahamas.jpg&w=300&h=78&ei=rVpNULLQNpHE9gSrHA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=4&sig=102322859205470711477&page=1&tbnh=50&tbnw=192&start=0&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:84&tx=90&ty=23Basic cable price ‘unsustainable’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) is defending its push to increase the cost of basic cable, calling the current price structure “unsustainable”… more

CBL ‘not worried’ by TV competitor

Bahamas – As Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) plans its TV product for next year, the established player isn’t concerned about losing market share… more

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Digicel opens new branch

Antigua & Barbuda – Digicel bosses are preparing to throw open doors to a new store at Town House Plaza… more

Information and Communication Technology for All Belizeans

Belize – “The purpose of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Road Show is to go to the unconverted-people who don’t know about ICT-show them the benefits and teach them how it can be used to make their business more profitable,” said Dr. Colin Young, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities… more

Planning Database Signals Government’s E-Services Commitment

British Virgin Islands – The Planning Database, a new system for collecting and monitoring development applications, was recently handed over to the Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), adding to Government’s increasing gamut of e- services… more

Friday, 12 October 2012

New Flow for locals

Barbados – The telecommunications market in Barbados could soon be “disrupted” when Columbus Communications rolls out its services here over the next three years… more

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/América_MóvilAmerica Movil ends agreement to buy Digicel’s Salvadoran unit

El Salvador – Authorities in El Salvador reportedly placed conditions on proposed acquisition… more

El Salvador says no to Slim

El Salvador – Plucky fellows those market regulators in the small and relatively poor Central American nation of El Salvador… more

Haiti – Telecommunication : Technical Difficulties at Digicel

Haiti – Digicel recognizes that customers have been affected by the recent technical difficulties on its network [place and receive calls same for sending and receiving text messages (SMS)] and wants to present them its sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused, while ensuring them that it work tirelessly to resolve all the problems as quickly as possible… more

Flow Aims To ‘Disrupt’ Market With Cable TV, Home-Phone App

Jamaica – Flow Jamaica will in a matter of months launch a new product that will literally allow subscribers to walk around with cable television in their pockets… more

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Strengthening ICT in Agriculture

Antigua & Barbuda – The 2012 Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) opened its activities on Friday 12 October 2012 in St John, Antigua, with the a stakeholder meeting  to discuss the launch of a project on strengthening ICT in agriculture value chains in the Caribbean.. more

EuroDNS promotion offers .DO domain names

Dominican Republic – By registering a .DO domain name with the EuroDNS promotion businesses demonstrate their loyalty and commitment to the country which, in turn, inspires confidence with the local online consumers… more

St. Maarten makes ‘Instagram’ debut

St. Maarten – St. Maarten is luring vacationers to the island by tantalizing their eyes with photos of the destination through the new social media outlet “Instagram.” … more

Sunday, 14 October 2012

T&T reporter’s phone records leaked

Trinidad & Tobago – A top Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) official has been fingered in a ploy that has led to confidential telephone records of a T&T Guardian reporter being leaked to the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) in a bid to trace the source of information being published… more

 

Image credit:  NS Newsflash (flickr);  The Eleutheran;  Bahamas Local;  Wikipedia;

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About the author

Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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