Roundup: for the week ending 30 December 2012

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 24 December to Sunday 30 December 2012.

Monday, 24 December 2012

BTC Ordered To Reduce Termination Fees 53%

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is being required to reduce the interconnection charges it levies upon rival operators by up to 53 per cent in 2013, with regulators determined to prevent its internal inefficiencies blocking competition… more

Regulator sets new termination rates

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has ruled that Bahamas Telecommunication Company’s (BTC’s) Reference Access and Interconnection Offer (RAIO) charges for 2012-2013 shall be set by a benchmarking approach… more

URCA Dismisses BTC’s $1.5m Foreign Fees Loss

Bahamas – Regulators have dismissed the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) argument that forcing it to lower cellular (mobile) call termination rates would cost it $1.5 million a year, arguing that this is essential to fostering “fair competition” at home… more

URCA recommends benchmarking approach for BTC

Bahamas – he Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has decided that the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) reference access and interconnection offer (RAIO) charges for 2012-2013 shall use a benchmarking approach for its fixed and mobile termination services… more

Jamaica’s Underachievement In ICT

Jamaica – Independent Jamaica has had an inconsistent history – illustrious in several regards, yet unremarkable in others… more

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Marcia Forbes: The Business of Social Media in the Caribbean

Jamaica – Recently the public relations students at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies invited me as their keynote speaker to discuss “The Future of the Business of Social Media in the Caribbean… more

Friday, 28 December 2012

URCA makes decision

Bahamas – Rates for fixed and mobile call termination for 2012-2013 services shall be set using a benchmarking approach… more

Digicel Jamaica sponsors award for online journalism

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica will be sponsoring a new Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Special Award for Excellence in Technology reporting with a focus on ICT… more

Online TV provider to invest more in own content

Jamaica – Jamaican online company eMedia Interactive plans to invest more than $5 million in building content for its web-based television network next year as it aims to more than double viewership in 2013… more

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Call Centers create 32,000 jobs

Dominican Republic – The director of the Dominican Republic Center for Export and Investment (CEI-RD) informed that Call Centers have become one of the sectors of greatest potential for job creation, having generated more than 32,000 posts in the past few years… more

CWU on TSTT: End leadership crisis now

Trinidad & Tobago – The Communication Workers Union yesterday expressed grave concern over what the union termed “an apparent leadership crisis” at majority state-owned TSTT… more

Sunday, 30 December 2012

ZNS Upgrades to Digital

Bahamas – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on December 28, 2012, that the upgrade of ZNS’ television facilities from analog to digital reaffirms the Government’s commitment to providing the necessary and best tools for effective communication in today’s world… more


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