Roundup: for the week ending 21 April 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 15 April to Sunday 21 April 2013.

Monday, 15 April 2012

Cell phone blocking system could be headed for HMP

Antigua & Barbuda – Government is in discussion with a company for the acquisition of a new cellular phone blocking system that would render the device useless inside Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP)… more

Cable Bahamas changes Internet landscape with 500% speed increases for all customers

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas announced a quantum leap forward for its REVON Broadband Internet subscribers and for The Bahamas, with the launch of a dramatic increase in speeds of more than 500 per cent… more

Cable Bahamas changes Internet landscape

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas announced this past weekend the launch of a dramatic increase in speed of more than 500 percent… more

Cable Hits ‘Fantastic’ 17k Voice Subscribers

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has attracted more than 17,000 subscribers to its ReVoice fixed-line service since it introduced the offering just over a year ago, its marketing head describing this level of market penetration as “pretty fantastic”… more

Cable Putting ‘Final Piece’ In On $89m Us Purchases

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas is putting together the “final piece” in its $89 million acquisitions of three Florida-based telecommunications providers, a senior executive telling Tribune Business that the deals now only await approval by the Bahamian government… more

CWC Chief Executive praises BTC for a successful first two years

Bahamas – BTC has had a highly successful two years, in which it reduced calling rates for customers, introduced mobile data services and a full range of smartphones, and improved their experience, according to its majority shareholder Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC)… more

CWC Worried Over Christie’s Criticisms

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed that the head of Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) expressed concerns about public criticisms he made about the quality of service being provided by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Cell phone use in the workplace

Guyana – Concerns have been raised by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association about cellular phone usage affecting productivity in the workplace… more

Prepaid customers robbed of credit – Overseas calls used in latest phone scam

Jamaica – A fairly new scam in which credit is being taken from the phones of Digicel prepaid customers has been uncovered by the telecommunications company… more

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

BTC’s Majority Shareholder Praises ‘Highly Successful’ First Two Years

Bahamas – BTC has had a highly successful two years in which it reduced calling rates for customers, improved their experience, and introduced mobile data services and a full range of smartphones, according to its majority shareholder Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC)… more sees voice, data traffic increase since privatization

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is celebrating two years since its privatization. Back in April 2011, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) acquired a 51 percent stake in BTC from the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas for USD 210 million… more

Cable Bahamas Announces ‘A Quantum Leap Forward’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas announced a “quantum leap forward” which will see REVON broadband Internet subscribers enjoy an increase in speeds of more than 500 per cent… more

Avaya collaboration pod speeds Cloud deployments for enterprises and Cloud service providers

Dominican Republic – Now available, Avaya Collaboration Pods for Avaya Aura® Virtualized Environment deploy in hours to accelerate the path to the Collaborative Cloud… more

Comment… The hijacking of radio and cable in Guyana

Guyana – A country’s airwave is a national resource, and in today’s world one of its most valuable resources… more

Scammer charged by Anti-corrupton Task Force

Jamaica – The Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Task Force (MOCA), is reporting that a 21-year-old customer care representative, Kareem Weeks, has been charged for obtaining goods by false pretense… more

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Moving Past The BTC Issue

Bahamas – The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) said in its manifesto that it would seek to return the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to the Bahamian people. The party, however, did not give a detailed and plausible plan to achieve that aim… more

Telecom prices expected to fall

Barbados – increased competition in the telecommunications sector is expected to result in lower costs for business and household customers… more

Radio/Cable licences protests reach State House…It’s deception at its best – AFC Leader

Guyana – The continued picket demonstration carried out by private media operatives and concerned supporters, against the glaring disparity in and discriminatory manner of distribution of radio licences, was yesterday taken to State House, Main Street. The protest action attracted the support of the Alliance For Change (AFC)… more

Telecommunication tower…Govt. eyes Industry as alternative location – Alexei Ramotar

Guyana – Government is considering erecting the contentious telecommunication tower meant for the community of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, in the neighbouring community of Industry, says Alexei Ramotar, Project Manager of Government’s E-governance Unit… more

Jamaica To Tender 700 MHz Licences In May

Jamaica – Government plans to earn a minimum of US$85 million (J$8.5b) from auctioning two bands of high-speed 4th generation spectrum aimed at increasing internet mobile penetration… more

Thuraya expands its GSM roaming coverage across the Americas

Regional – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator  announced that it has extended its GSM roaming coverage to 11 additional countries across the Americas in partnership with leading telecommunications providers, Claro and Telefónica… more

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Presentation for IT managers

Barbados – Intermedia Inc., an IT solutions-oriented firm, recently hosted a number of IT managers from major corporations across the island at a presentation on Dell KACE K Series… more

Jamaica demands $$$$ millions, for cable frequencies

Guyana – As the Guyana Government continues to face questions over embarrassing disclosures that it gave itself and close friends several licences to build radio and cable television services countrywide, at least one Caribbean country has publicly indicated that it is preparing to auction some of these limited resources… more

Radio licences protest continues

Guyana – Protest against former President Bharrat Jagdeo’s granting of radio and cable licences shifted gear yesterday when it moved to the East Coast of Demerara in an attempt to highlight the issue before members of the Diplomatic Community… more – Security : Cybersecurity, subject of a seminar of CONATEL

Haiti – The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), which works in concert with the European Union and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the realization of HIPCAR Project (Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures), put an end yesterday Wednesday, to a 3-day seminar on the Transactions and electronic evidence ; Cybercrime and interception of electronic communications… more

Digicel Jamaica accepts pre-orders for BlackBerry Z10

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica is now accepting pre-orders for the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. The phone will be available from 23 April. Customers can pre-register by visiting Digicel’s Facebook page… more

Don’t jail scammers!

Jamaica – Montego Bay, St James – Lady Allen, wife of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, is urging the authorities to utilise the talents of some persons involved in the lottery scam, instead of throwing then in jail… more

LIME To Stream Its Blackberry Z10 Launch

Jamaica – Taking the experience online, telecoms company LIME will be streaming its official launch of the highly anticipated BlackBerry Z10 ‘the smarter phone’ planned for today, live at – the company’s Facebook page… more

More than a phone – your mobile can be a lifesaver

Trinidad & Tobago – The Easter holiday blackout brought home for many of us, how important it was to have a functioning mobile device in the event of a national emergency… more

Friday, 19 April 2013

AG promises law to police social media content

Bahamas – The Office of the Attorney General is working on legislation that will police information posted on the Internet, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson told reporters… more

More for Cable Bahamas to do in Eleuthera, even as it celebrates expansion to Weymiss Bight

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas Ltd announced on Thursday April 18th the expansion of digital TV, broadband Internet and telephone service to residents in Wemyss Bight, who through their own initiative, after years of being neglected, lobbied to have the Cable company come to the settle with the needed services… more

Columbus To Develop Us$60M Network In B’dos – Niall Sheehy Named Country Manager

Barbados – Columbus Communications will invest US$60 million to provide telecoms services in Barbados, according to the firm’s president and chief executive, John Reid… more

Ignition acquires assets of Cayman-based Blue Bison

Cayman Islands – Bermuda’s Ignition Technology Group has acquired the assets of Blue Bison Software Consultants in the Cayman Islands, further strengthening its offerings in the offshore market… more

Pressure mounts on Guyana to review radio licenses granted to pro-govt persons

Guyana – The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) on Friday called on the Guyana government to overhaul the system for granting radio and television licenses, as condemnation intensifies that most pro-government and ruling party persons were issued licenses a few short months before Bharrat Jagdeo departed the presidency… more

Spectrum Steal

Guyana – We continue with the discussion of the implications of the cable spectrum arbitrarily issued by former President Jagdeo to two of his close associates, Vishok Persaud, son of the late PPP long timer Reepu Daman Persaud, and to Brian Yong… more

LIME launches Blackberry Z10

Jamaica – Telecoms company LIME has officially launched the new BlackBerry Z10 smart phone powered by BlackBerry 10 in Jamaica… more

St. Kitts offering free WiFi

St. Kitts & Nevis – A new Skyway in St. Catharines will provide a route to free Internet access at some city facilities… more

Cell Phones And Campaign Materials May Soon Be Outlawed At Polling Stations

St. Maarten – Voters and political parties will have to contend with some changes to the campaigning landscape come time for the next general election thanks to a motion tabled by independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson and passed unanimously when it was voted on in Parliament after 2:00am Thursday… more

bmobile launches BlackBerry Z10

Trinidad & Tobago – The Telecommunication Services of Trinidad & Tobago, under the brand name bmobile, will launch the new BlackBerry Z10 at all bmobile locations and authorised dealers next Tuesday. The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, giving customers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience… more

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Bahamas to police online social media content

Bahamas – The Office of the Attorney General in The Bahamas is working on legislation that will police information posted on the internet, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson told reporters… more

LIME launches Blackberry Z10, says product will be available for sale on April 23

British Virgin Islands – It was a launch like none other. There was food; there was liquor, music, special prizes and main reason everyone turned up – Blackberry Z10… more broadcasters must confirm with Broadcast Act – Dr. Luncheon

Guyana – “It is not an easy task,” said Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, of the mandate of the Broadcast Authority to ensure that all licensees who fell under the former Post and Telegraph Act to now conform to the Broadcast Act of 2011… more

Jagdeo’s radio license issuance challenged in court

Guyana – The constitutionality of the granting of 22 radio and television licenses by then President Bharrat Jagdeo is being challenged in the High Court on grounds that he handed them out largely to his political and close associates in breach of an agreement with the opposition… more

Missing OLPF laptops…Lie-detector tests fail to identify the culprits

Guyana – Lie detector tests to determine who stole 100 laptops from a special government programme have failed to find the thieves, Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon said on Thursday… more

100 Teachers Enriched By Digicel Foundation

Jamaica – Ocho Rios, St Ann: Digicel Foundation and the Ministry of Education chose Ocho Rios, St Ann, as the location to continue its enrichment initiative for primary-school teachers with a two-day seminar recently… more

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Radio frequency give away is to control the minds of Guyanese – AFC Leader

Guyana – Leader of the Alliance for Change, Khemraj Ramjattan, says that the main reason that the Jagdeo administration gave out radio frequency licences to friends, families and cronies was so that they could dominate the airwaves with their Propaganda… more

LIME Launches Blackberry Z10

Jamaica – Telecoms company, LIME officially launched the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone last Thursday and announced an offer that will see three lucky customers from across the region jetting off to see Alicia Keys in concert in Prague, Czech Republic… more


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