Roundup: for the week ending 13 January 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 7 January to Sunday 13 January 2013.

Monday, 7 January 2012

Digicel opens network up to CCT customers after serious outage

British Virgin Islands – According to a report by Virgin Islands News Online, Digicel BVI has opened up its voice and data networks to customers of its locally-owned rival Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT) following the smaller company’s ongoing network outage… more

DBJ to On-Lend US$20 Million for ICT Projects

Jamaica – The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has put aside US$20 million for on-lending to investors to finance and support the construction of information and communications technology (ICT) facilities… more

Gov’t to sign off on number portability

Jamaica – The technology minister Phillip Paulwell says the government is close to signing off on an agreement to have number portability introduced in the telecommunications market… more

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Deadline for LIME

Barbados – Telecommunications giant LIME has until tomorrow to return to the negotiations table or it will trigger an island-wide work stoppage… more

LIME: Strike would be irresponsible

Barbados – A strike is the last thing this country needs… more

Strike threat

Barbados – LIME has until tomorrow to withdraw the severance letters and return to the bargaining table or else moves will be taken towards island-wide industrial action… more

1010data to Participate in Retail Orphan Initiative at NRF 2013

Dominican Republic – 010data, Inc., a market leader in the analyzing, managing and sharing of big data, today announced the company will be participating in the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & EXPO from January 13-16 in New York City… more

Telecom sector to meet on number portability

Jamaica – A critical meeting is to be held today with stakeholders in the telecommunications sector to work out the final details for the introduction of number portability… more

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

BTC Seeks Public Help To Stop Copper Thefts

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company called on the public to do its part in maintaining land and cell phone services by helping stop the copper thefts at BTC sites… more

CWC’s Accounting Requirement For BTC Control ‘Not Black And White’

Bahamas – A leading Government negotiator yesterday suggested Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) may not necessarily need to retain a majority 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to consolidate the latter’s performance in its overall financial results… more

LIME/BWU talks break down

Barbados – Talks between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and LIME have broken down and there is the possibility of a national strike… more

Barbados flag (Wikipedia)LIME knocks BWU

Barbados – Barbados’ largest telecommunications company, LIME, has taken the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) to task for threatening to call a national strike over job redundancies at that company… more

LIME to meet Labour Minister today

Barbados – LIME has been summoned back to a meeting with Minister of Labour Esther Byer-Suckoo scheduled for 2 p.m. today following a more than three hour-long meeting yesterday evening… more

Laptops for teachers highlight bidding process

Guyana – Guyana Improving Teacher Education Project (GITEP) under the Ministry of Education, received six (6) bids for the purchasing of laptops… more

LIME presses for number portability

Jamaica – Telecommunications company LIME hopes there will be no obstruction to local number portability (LNP) which it hopes will come into effect this year… more

LIME To Upgrade Network, Says Sinclair Via Live Chat On Facebook

Jamaica – Telecoms firm, LIME Jamaica has spent US$12 million (J$1.2 billion) to fortify its network to absorb the influx of 150,000 new subscribers… more

More Than Just A Telecoms Firm

Jamaica – Today, we continue to profile companies that have been nominated for the prestigious 2012 Gleaner Honour Award. Digicel has been nominated in the category Science and Technology… more

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Bahamas Needs ‘World Class’ IP Protection

Bahamas – The Bahamas needs “a world class intellectual property rights system”, a leading private sector executive said yesterday, as the Government unveiled a seven-strong Bill package designed to bring this nation in line with “international best practices” and World Trade Organisation (WTO) requirements… more

LIME ‘disappointed’

Barbados – Telecoms giant, LIME said it is “disappointed that the Barbados Workers’ Union would escalate to a national work stoppage to press for a bigger separation package to replace an already enhanced and generous redundancy pay-out for displaced colleagues”… more

OUR begins consultations with mobile providers

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR), is now holding consultations with mobile service providers, as it seeks to settle on mobile termination rates… more

The road to ICT – Part 2

Trinidad & Tobago – Information communication technology (ICT) competency and readiness in Trinidad and Tobago is no longer a far-reaching goal, but rather the natural next step in its development journey… more

TTPost using tech to harness power of many into one focus

Trinidad & Tobago – Inter office communication in large expanding companies is always a challenge. For TTPost, with over 1000 employees and several corporate offices and franchise outlets across the country, the same was true… more

Friday, 11 January 2013

CMC manager to resign to fill APUA post

Antigua & Barbuda – After spending the last three years restructuring the operations of the Central Marketing Corporation (CMC), General Manager Dalma Hill has made public his intention to move on to greener pastures… more

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)BTC To ‘Leverage Internet Market Lead’ Through TV

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is aiming to use its new TV product “to gain a market leading Internet position”, its chief executive yesterday saying the company should never have let its broadband share drop to 25 per cent… more

PM hits out at BTC

Bahamas– Negotiations regarding the re-nationalization of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are far from over, said Prime Minister Perry Christie, who also expressed concern yesterday over Cable and Wireless Communications’ (CWC) decreasing market share in other parts of the world and the impact it could have on CWC’s performance in The Bahamas… more

BWU’s wrong, says employers’ union

Barbados – The union which represents local private sector bosses thinks the Barbados Workers Union planned national strike against one of its members is unwarranted… more

Definite strike action

Barbados – “I know when, but only I know when. There will be industrial action but we will determine where, how and when. The time and the hour will be decided when the General Secretary announces.” … more

The Cable: Rate Increase Publication

St. Kitts & Nevis – In 1984, The Cable commenced operation on St. Kitts with only twelve (12) channels…. more

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Computer Tablets Set For Distribution

Antigua & Barbuda – In anticipation of the implementation of the computer tablet initiative to secondary school students, Acting Education Minister, Sen Winston Williams Jr convened a meeting with project teams from the Ministries of Education and Technology to get an update on the status of the initiative… more

LIME issue ‘can be settled’

Barbados – The door of Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo remains open to warring factions LIME and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU)… more – Technology : Launch of electronic declaration system by internet

Haiti – Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie, Minister of Economy and Finance, proceeded Thursday at the launch of the e-declaration, an electronic system that allows taxpayers to make online their income declaration electronically (e-declaration) from the website of the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) … more

OUR head leaves next month

Jamaica – Ahmad Zia Mian, the Pakistani-born director general of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) since February 2009, is to demit office in a month’s time… more

Telesur Launches Broadband Telephony Internet Calling With Net2Phone In Suriname

Suriname – Telesur, a full telecommunications service provider for the South American nation of Suriname, announced that it will expand its existing offerings by executing a partnership with Net2Phone to act as its hosted provider of broadband phone service… more

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Jamaica wants more partners to develop Information Communication and Technology sector

Jamaica – Jamaica is encouraging private-public partnerships as it seeks to develop the island’s information communication and technology (ICT) sector, said Sharon Ffolkes Abrahamas, junior minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce… more


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