Roundup: for the week ending 24 February 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 18 February to Sunday 24 February 2013.

Monday, 18 February 2012

BTC To Invest Millions In New Cell Build-Out

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is set to invest several million dollars in building-out 15-18 new cell phone tower sites nationwide within the next 14-18 months, having already switched 25 per cent of its fixed-line customers over to the Next Generation Network (NGN)… more

FNM chairman criticizes govt for BTC ‘witch hunt’

Bahamas – Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash yesterday defended his opposition to the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) in 2011 and criticized the government for conducting a “witch hunt” on the sale of the company, calling it “pure comedy”… more

Avaya international technology event recognizes Anixter Dominicana

Dominican Republic – Anixter Dominicana, one of the country’s leading companies in technology solutions, was recognized as the best company which provides support to Avaya operations in the Dominican Republic clients in 2012… more

The revolution NATCOM

Haiti – The company NATCOM, a consortium, created in April 2010 between the Group Viettel Telecom (60%), [a subsidiary of the Vietnamese army] and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (40%), has revolutionized the Telecommunications Sector in Haiti since the launch of its services in Haiti, September 7, 2011… more

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Officials Deny CI Company Registry Hacked

Cayman Islands – The servers which hold information on the companies registered in the Cayman Islands have not been breached, officials from the Financial Services Ministry stated Monday… more

Citi launches m-payment service in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Citi has signed a partnership agreement with mobile payment administrator GCS Systems to launch a mobile payment service dubbed ‘Citi Mobile Collect’… more

Cyber-Thingy™ to Present a Lottery and Gaming Software Solution To The Government of The Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Cyber Kiosk Solutions, Inc. (OTCPINK:CYBK) through its strategic relationship with one of the Government licensed Lottery dealers in the Dominican Republic will be presenting a lottery and gaming software solution to the Government of the Dominican Republic… more Limited Commences Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation For Any And All Of Its 12% Senior Notes Due 2014

Jamaica – Digicel Limited (“Digicel” or the “Company”) today announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Company’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement dated February 19, 2013 (the “Statement”), for any and all of its outstanding 12% senior notes due 2014 (the “Notes”)… more

TEXT-Fitch rates Digicel’s proposed notes ‘B/RR4(exp)’

Regional – Digicel Limited’s (DL) proposed US$700 million senior notes due 2021. Proceeds from the issuance are expected to be used to refinance DL’s US$510 million senior notes due 2014 and for general corporate uses… more

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Hackers spark credit card chaos

Bahamas – Financial institutions in The Bahamas are scrambling to solve a major data breach at an international acquiring company that compromised thousands of credit cards… more

Johnson: BTC hitting all of the Key Performance Indicators

Bahamas – The Rotary Club of Lucaya hosted a meeting at which BTC executive told of the company’s accomplishments since being taken over by Cable & Wireless… more

Mixed reaction to URCA decision on CBL

Bahamas – The business community has expressed mixed reviews on the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) decision to deny Cable Bahamas Limited’s (CBL) request to increase its monthly subscription rates… more

‘Shocking’ findings on BTC deal

Bahamas – Members of the government’s committee engaged in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) take back talks have found “shocking revelations” regarding the sale that they believe are so serious the public has a right to know… more

Installation of Govt. Fibre Optic Cable…Contractor’s shoddy work is now Ministry’s burden

Guyana – The Public Works Ministry is now tasked with correcting shoddy laying of the fibre optic cable from Kurupkari to Mabura by one of the project’s contractors … more

DPP wants cyber defamation criminalised

Jamaica – The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is urging Parliament to criminalise cyber defamation… more

Hackers attack at least four state bodies in two weeks

Jamaica – Hackers have launched cyber attacks on at least four public sector entities in two weeks, Julian Robinson, chairman of a joint-select committee of Parliament considering the review of Cyber Crimes Act, said today… more

Mobile money just steps away

Jamaica – Jamaica is not too far away from seeing money remitted from overseas being sent to mobile phones… more

OUR Jamaica logoOUR Opens IXP Talks In Jamaica

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) opened discussions about the establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Jamaica at a symposium hosted for industry stakeholders at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel… more

Profit closer to LIME’s bottom line

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica’s profit moved closer to the bottom line at the end of 2012… more

LTE connections to more than double in 2013

Regional – Some 150 operators worldwide have launched commercial LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months, according to a report by trade association 4G Americas… more

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Comverse Solutions Power 4G Business Transformation at The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC)

Bahamas – Comverse announced today that Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC), a leading provider of multi-play services in the Bahamas and a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC, has successfully deployed the Comverse ONE Real-Time Billing & Active Customer Management solution to support its business transformation and optimize its new 4G infrastructure for new service enablement and monetization, together with Comverse SMSC and USSD services… more

Broadcast regulations must be done to satisfy the public’s interest, not for political gain

Guyana – Dear Editor,
Who exactly does the government think we are? … more

Cabinet approves central office for ICT projects

Jamaica – Cabinet has approved the formation of a central office to handle all Government information communication and technology (ICT) projects in the island… more

Govt. ICT Network to Be Managed By Single Entity

Jamaica – A central entity is to be set up to manage the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network of the Government… more

Ministers Hail UWI E-Book Project

Jamaica – Minister of Education, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has hailed the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) electronic book (e-book) initiative, noting that it will save students significant sums in textbook costs… more

Caribbean cell phone company asks South Florida relatives to buy minutes for family back home

Jamaica – An Irish billionaire’s telecommunications company, which has revolutionized cell phone usage in some of the world’s poorest countries, is bringing it’s latest marketing pitch to South Florida… more

Regional leaders want end to US, Antigua dispute

Regional – Caribbean leaders are calling on the United States to comply with the ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to end the long-running dispute with Antigua and Barbuda on Internet gaming… more

Technology and TT

Trinidad & Tobago – THE annual Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) first opened in March 2000 and thirteen years later it has grown into the largest business convention of its kind in the Caribbean… more

Friday, 22 February 2013

Police continue mobile phone, DUI crackdown

Cayman Islands – Between the 13 -18 February police have ticketed 6 persons for using their mobile phones while driving… more

Guyana Telephone taps Mahindra Comviva for mobile financial services

Guyana – Guyana Telephone & Telegraph (GT&T) has tapped Mahindra Comviva to offer mobile financial services… more

Outcry against state radio, TV calypso ban; gov’t enquiring

Guyana – At least two prominent Guyanese singers on Friday expressed disappointment and fear at a decision to ban the 2013 calypsos from the airwaves of the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN)… more

Weak cybercrimes law hurting police investigations

Jamaica – Experts from the Organised Crime Investigative Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force say deficiencies in the present Cybercrimes Act have made prosecuting some criminals who prey on young girls extremely difficult… more

AT&T Recaps $325M ’10-’12 Investments In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico – Wireless carrier AT&T on Thursday provided a recap of its investments in its Puerto Rico wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012 totaling more than $325 million as it focuses on expanding 4G LTE mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its infrastructure… more

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Teachers must embrace technology

Jamaica – There are many schools in Jamaica that are well equipped with computer labs. However, they are locked away by some administrators for safe keeping in fear of their teachers and students “mashing them up!”… more

Sunday, 24 February 2013 Offers Lower Rates on Dominican Republic National Day

Dominican Republic – is happy to offer anniversary calls by providing 60% lower rates to call Dominican Republic. The rate of 1¢/minute is available for calls to all landlines in Dominican Republic on February 27th, Dominican Republic National Day… more still enjoys stay in Samuels case

Guyana – On Friday, Justice B.S. Roy heard arguments from counsel for Mr. James Samuels and Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) regarding procedural issues arising from GT&T’s appeal of Justice Rishi Persaud’s decision in June, 2012 regarding Mr. Samuels’ contract dispute with GT&T… more

Computer Whiz From Primary School – Government Moving To Introduce E-Learning To Toddlers

Jamaica – Government is now looking at moving the E-Learning project to primary schools. The seven-year old project now targets secondary schools and teachers’ colleges and provides them with broadband access to the Internet, audio visual equipment, and other information and communications technology aids… more

CANTO’s 29th AGM & Mini Expo Climaxes With The Launch Of The CANTO/IDB Broadband Infrastructure Inventory And Public Awareness In The Caribbean (BIIPAC) Project Launch

Trinidad & Tobago – Amidst the buzz and hype of the popular annual Carnival festivities of Trinidad & Tobago, CANTO and Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) successfully co-hosted CANTO’s 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Mini Expo at the Hyatt Regency Hotel… more


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