Roundup: for the week ending 2 December 2012

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 26 November to Sunday 2 December 2012., 26 November 2012

Lottery Scam Bill draft ready by November 30 — Justice minister

Jamaica – Justice minister, Mark Golding, has said that the first draft of a Bill to address the lottery scam should be ready by the end of November… more

TelEm Group announces official end to restructuring process

St. Maarten – TelEm Group management last Thursday announced the official closing off of the company’s restructuring process following months of negotiation and final implementation… more

4G network up to mark, says TSTT

Trinidad & Tobago – State telecoms provider TSTT is maintaining that its 4G network is up to mark and does not need any more speed… more

Caribbean Communications Network Chooses Digital Technology to Drive Future Growth

Trinidad & TobagoDigital Technology International (DTI™) has signed an agreement with Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), a subsidiary of One Caribbean Media— the largest media group in the Caribbean—to install DTI ContentPublisher and DTI Circulation for The Trinidad Express Newspapers, the multimedia group’s property in Trinidad… more

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Grenada On Drive to Increase Local Internet Content

Grenada – The Eastern Caribbean island of Grenada is embarking on a drive to increase the amount of local content available to Grenadian Internet users… more

Paulwell Warns Online Predators

Jamaica – Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell has issued a stern warning to online predators who target children… more

“LIME gives the full 4G experience to customers”

St. Kitts & Nevis – Telecoms LIME St. Kitts-Nevis is ensuring customers are familiar with the use of 4G technology which was launched in late October with its state-of-the-art “experience centre” at retails stores on both St. Kitts and Nevis… more

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

New laptops stolen from school

Antigua & Barbuda – An information technology programme intended to bring local and Canadian students closer together has been compromised following a burglary at a secondary school on the weekend… more

‘Technology could cause workplace alienation’ – Technology-focused human resource development could create alienation in the workplace, according to Clifton Stone… more

Next Generation Network approves $2.4 million in contracts

US Virgin Islands – The V.I. Next Generation Network board approved $2.4 million in contracts Tuesday for various aspects of the territory’s broadband network construction… more

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Locals encouraged to tap into mobile app Industry

Antigua & Barbuda – A seminar focused on mobile apps startups was held in Antigua on Monday, as the World Bank rolls out a programme it says is geared at making the Caribbean one of the greatest regions where new mobile base innovations will grow… more

Roberts Defends New Role As Director Of BTC

Bahamas – PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said he sees nothing wrong with his recent appointment as director of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation’s board… more

Digicel brings new tablet to market

Barbados – Digicel, in partnership with Huawei Technologies, has announced the launch of the new Huawei Media Pad 7 Lite, set to become the best value tablet on the market… more

Digicel revenues up 11% to $1.4bn

Jamaica – Denis O’Brien’s international telecommunications business Digicel has reported a strong set of first-half results, with double-digit percentage growth evident across earnings, revenue, and subscriber levels… more Wins Bid To Overhaul Government It Network

Turks & Caicos Islands – After a competitive bidding war, Digicel has won a five-year contract with Turks and Caicos Islands government to overhaul and upgrade its current information technology systems in an effort to improve efficiency and revenue collection… more

Friday, 30 November 2012

Cable Wins Us ‘Fast Track’ On $65m Purchases

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas appears close to obtaining half the regulatory approvals it needs to consummate its $65 million US expansion, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave it the ‘fast track’ authority it was seeking… more

Unions Threaten Strike Over Thompson

Bahamas – In an act of solidarity, union leaders are again threatening to take industrial action if ousted former BTC Manager Elizabeth Thompson is not reinstated by this weekend… more

Mobile Remittance Growth Stunted By ‘Regulatory Void’

Jamaica – The World Bank, in an update on remittances released last week, said flows to developing countries are projected to hit US$406 billion this year and rise to US$534 billion in 2015… more

Smartphone users impede crime-fighting efforts

Jamaica – Two of Jamaica’s top cops are urging smartphone owners not to broadcast information on spot-check locations as they are obstructing the police’s crime-fighting efforts… more

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Consultations on analog to digital TV broadcast coming

Guyana – The Guyana government is to start consultations on the transition from analog to digital television broadcast with an eye on the benefits to be realised for mobile broadband connectivity… more operators to boost fast broadband access in Caribbean

Regional – A group of telecommunications operators consisting of Cable & Wireless Communications, Setar, Telconet, Telefónica a Global Solutions and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) has signed a turnkey contract with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), a 100G submarine cable system linking Jacksonville, Florida to Manta, Ecuador… more

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Karib Cable stepping up its operations in Barbados

Barbados – New telecommunications Company, Karib Cable is stepping up the rolling out of its operations as they spread further across Barbados in laying their fibre optic cable infrastructure to serve Barbadians… more


Image credits:  RambergMediaImages;  Wikipedia;  Caribseek News;