Roundup: for the week ending 23 December 2012

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 17 December to Sunday 23 December 2012.

Monday, 17 December 2012

BTC: First Phase Of Upgrade Almost Complete

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company announced yesterday that the initial phase of its mobile network build-out is almost complete… more

BTC mobile network build-out 95% complete nationwide

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) announced today that the initial phase of the mobile network build-out is now substantially complete, bringing The Bahamas on par with other twenty-first century countries enjoying modern mobile technology… more

BTC opens $300K Southwest Plaza store

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) opened one of its biggest retail stores in the capital last weekend at a cost of round $300,000… more

Cable Withdraws ‘Fast Track’ For $24m Florida Deal

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has withdrawn its application to US regulators for ‘fast track’ approval of its latest $24 million Florida acquisition, with the BISX-listed company’s “greater financial strength” expected to improve services yet again… more

The Strategy For Caribbean Islands To Get To 3.0

Regional – The question all Caribbean islands should ask, what is our unique selling proposition? … more

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Digicel injects over US$70M into local market

Guyana – Since its introduction to Guyana in May 2006, Digicel has plugged more than US$70 million into the local telecommunication market… more company announces major deal with Caribbean’s largest distributor

Jamaica – Siendon has announced a major sales and distribution deal with the largest IT and electronics distributor in Latin America and the Caribbean to supply its devices to the region’s mobile phone subscribers… more

The world all around us, online

Trinidad & Tobago – The team from AM-In Motion is enthusiastic. Start them talking about their video solution and it’s easy to begin seeing it as a magic-bullet solution for the country’s moribund international tourism marketing efforts… more

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

BTC talks hit snag

Bahamas Talks between a government team of negotiators and executives at Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) over the Christie administration’s plans to regain majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are at an impasse, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday… more

PM: No ‘Headway’ In BTC Control Talks

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday indicated that the Government was making little to no headway in wresting back majority control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), saying a conclusion had to be reached in talks between itselfand Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) “sooner rather than later”… more

Bandwidth cost drives more customers to cell phone use

Guyana – The high cost of broadband in Guyana is perhaps a key element that drives cell phone usage in Guyana… more

BTV Channel 2 off air after financial fallout

Guyana – BTV Channel 2 “ah we TV” will be off air and it is unclear when the station will be resuming its services. The station, which is owned by Godfrey Washington, was on Monday vacated by lessee Christian Duncan, owner of Brutal Tracks… more

In Haiti, Digicel and Marriott Break Ground on More than Just a Hotel

Haiti – Digicel and Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) today broke ground on the $45 million 175-room Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand hotel in the Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince, with opening expected in early 2015, making it the first four-star branded hotel in Haiti… more Xerox, Jamaica key for outsourcing business

Jamaica – Jamaica remains one the most attractive destinations for business process outsourcing (BPO) but the country must focus on improving its competitiveness in a heated industry with low barriers to entry, warns the head of Xerox Corporation… more

LIME Investing $1B On Customer-Service Improvement

Jamaica – Telecoms provider LIME will invest US$12 million (J$1 billion) to improve its customer service across the Caribbean region over three years, in a move aimed at lowering customer attrition or churn… more

Thursday, 20 December 2012

BTC Keeps Majority Share – Takeover Talks Over

Bahamas – Despite the government’s unwavering pledge to recapture a majority stake in BTC, Prime Minister Perry Christie confirmed that executives have no intention to let go of the lion’s share in the company… more

FNM: BTC Takeover Was A Fool’s Errand

Bahamas – Pleased at the Prime Minister’s admission of difficulties in his government’s BTC takeover bid, the opposition reminded him of their prediction it would go nowhere… more Country Manager to speak on Cloud Computing at Bahamas Business Outlook

Bahamas – George Gobin, Microsoft Corporation’s Country Manager for The Bahamas will address the 22nd Annual Bahamas Outlook on January 10, 2013 at the Wyndham Nassau Resort. Mr. Gobin will discuss the next big thing in business technology: Cloud Computing… more

Belize Telemedia launches 4G

Belize – Over the past couple of weeks, Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) has been turning on the 4G network in Belmopan, Ladyville and Belize City and on Friday, December 14th, the company held a soft launch to introduce the new super fast mobile speeds… more

LIME welcomes new scrap metal export rule

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm LIME, hard hit by metal thieves, has welcomed the additional scrap metal export regulations outlined Wednesday by Industry Minister Anthony Hylton… more

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade MAYA-1 submarine cable system covering 4,400 km distance

Regional – Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the MAYA-1 submarine cable system – which spans 4,400km distance in a collapsed ring from Hollywood, Florida, US, to Tolu in Colombia… more

TSTT acting CEO resigns

Trinidad & Tobago – Acting chief executive officer of State-controlled telecoms provider Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) Dianna de Sousa has resigned the position after just five months on the job… more

Friday, 21 December 2012

Laing: Govt’s options limited on BTC

Bahamas – The only option the government has in its attempt to regain the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) would be to forcibly take two percent from the new owners, said former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing… more

Events Calendar of Things to Do In Barbados Goes Mobile for the Booming Market of Mobile Travelers using Smartphones to Plan Holidays at Home and on Location

Barbados – The Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia (BTE) has released a mobile app for its (WOIB), the Calendar of things to do in Barbados… more

Technology services being touted as new BVI economic pillar

British Virgin Islands – BVI Business Outlook Conference organizer, Russell Harrigan has announced that the BVI should try to create other economic pillars, and suggested that technological services be eyed as another leg for the economy… more

CTEX Reaches Critical Milestone

Curacao – Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), N.V., today reached a critical project milestone… more

Govt. reneged on Linden’s TV agreement – Vieira

Guyana – Four months after signing a deal with Lindeners for an independent television station, Government has reportedly reneged on its promise… more

GRA launches online monitoring of Customs Declaration status

Guyana – The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) yesterday announced that it has launched its online feature for the monitoring of the status of Customs Declarations by importers or their brokers… more

Saturday, 22 December 2012 4G technology in The Bahamas

Bahamas – Undeniably, the upgrade of our cellular network to 4G has been plagued with service disruptions causing much frustration. Dropped calls, delayed email and failed messenger services aggravate both technology savvy and infrequent phone users… more

PM still has hopes for BTC talks

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he has not given up his government’s fight to regain majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Software Company Hosts International Users’ Conference

Barbados – Process manufacturing software developers Vicinity Manufacturing, hosted FOCUS: Caribbean 2012, the first international customer event of its kind in the company’s twelve year history. FOCUS: Caribbean was hosted by Goddard Enterprises Ltd and convened November 12th – 13th on their corporate campus in Bridgetown, Barbados… more

V.I. Next Generation Network approves $660,266 in contracts

US Virgin Islands – The V.I. Next Generation Network has approved four new contracts totalling $660,266… more

New Call Centre Opened

St. Lucia – 160 jobs are expected from a partnership forged between LIME, Canadian-based TELUS International and 2012 Caribbean Business Awards winner KM2 Solutions, in the opening of LIME St. Lucia’s new call centre… more

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Jamaica Firmly In Xerox’s Cross Hairs – International Firm Optimistic Of A Bright Future Locally

Jamaica – While the name Xerox is synonymous with copying and printing globally, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ursula Burns says resting on their laurels is not a part of their forte as its main priority is to maintain pole position in the industry… more


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