Roundup: for the week ending 31 March 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 25 March to Sunday 31 March 2013.

Monday, 25 March 2012

Open data not replacement for FOI

Jamaica – A new way of making government-held information available to the general public, proposed during US President Barack Obama’s first administration, is getting mixed reviews from attendees at a Freedom of Information conference hosted by the Jamaica Environmental Trust… more

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

BTC Targets Five Site Cell Expansion

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it was preparing to commission five new cellular sites, four of which will be completed and in service before the end of April… more

IT association formed

Dominica – An association which aims to become the representative body for persons working in the field of Information Technology (IT) has been established in Dominica… more

LIME to lay off 300 as it partners with Ericsson

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm LIME will lay off more than 300 employees as it partners with international service provider Ericsson to upgrade customer service… more

CaribComX Successfully Deploys Eastwind-Based Exchange

Regional – CaribComX today announced that it has deployed a new voice over IP exchange platform designed and installed by Massachusetts-based systems integrator Eastwind Communications… more

Dauphin Telecom spearheads pan-Caribbean VoIP initiative

Regional – CaribComX, the pan-Caribbean initiative designed to obtain competitive rates and improve regional communications, has announced that it has deployed a voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) exchange platform designed and installed by Massachusetts-based systems integrator Eastwind Communications… more

Ruckus Wireless Inc : Sandals Resorts International Selects Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi for Massive Wi-Fi Upgrade to 23 Caribbean Luxury Properties

Regional – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that Sandals Resorts International (SRI), operator of Luxury Included(®) Sandals Resorts for couples and Beaches Resorts for families, is making an extensive upgrade to its existing Smart Wi-Fi network across its 23 luxury resort properties… more

TelEm Group expanding Broadband services to Parliament Building

St. Maarten – TelEm Group has announced that the company will be expanding broadband services to the Parliament Building on Frontstreet – on the initiative of President of Parliament, Mr. Rudolph Samuel… more

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Bahamas Eyes Data Storage Hub Opening

Bahamas – The Bahamas can exploit developed country “overreaction” to become a leading international jurisdiction for commercial data storage, a top industry specialist adding that its client base in this nation had doubled in the last two years… more

BTL unveil their 2013 Telephone Directory

Belize – BTL says au revoir to 2012 as they unveil their 2013 Telephone Directory. This morning, the Belize Telemedia Limited launched the new directory in San Ignacio Town… more

Tricom launches LTE network in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic operator Telecable de Tricom has commercially launched LTE services on the local market… more

LIME Outsources Operations To Ericsson

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica has struck a seven-year deal with Ericsson, under which it will outsource its external installation and maintenance services to the global firm… more Bringing Google to Jamaica

Jamaica – With the right economic environment Jamaica should benefit enormously from technological investment. So why hasn’t the government of Jamaica been able to attract more technology-related investment? … more

Sinclair Predicts J$2 Termination Rates

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica said Tuesday that it expects its regulator to slash mobile call termination rates by more than 60 per cent to under J$2… more

Two Mobile Licences To Be Put On Auction – Paulwell

Jamaica – Phillip Paulwell, the minister of science, technology, energy and mining, is insisting that despite Jamaica having reached the point of saturation in voice telephony service, there is still great potential for the mobile market… more

Region’s Fisheries Sector to Gain Cost Savings from Information and Knowledge Sharing Technology

Regional – Under a Euro 30 million project funded by the European Union (EU) for projects to improve sustainable and equitable management of fisheries and aquaculture in Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, fisheries officials from CARIFORUM States are receiving training in the use of modern, cutting-edge, information and communication technology tools in their daily activities… more

Thursday, 28 March 2013

BTC disappointed by franchise numbers

Bahamas – The CEO of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) said he’s disappointed by the number of franchise stores opened thus far… more

CWC enhances mobile data for the Bahamas ahead of regional games

Bahamas – The Bahamas are playing host to one of the region’s main athletics meetings over the Easter weekend, prompting one of the country’s major telecoms providers to enhance its mobile data network ahead of an expected surge in usage… more

Gov’t: Web Shops ‘Openly Admitted’ Law Breaking

Bahamas – Web shops have provided no evidence for their “bold assertion” that they are in compliance with the Business Licence Act, the Government alleging they “openly admitted, on numerous occasions and platforms”, to being involved in illegal gambling… more

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)PM Dismisses BTC Appointee ‘Conflict’

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he plans to meet again with top Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) executives, having previously conceded that the Government had made little-to-no headway in its attempt to regain majority control at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Alva Suckoo bemoans lost IT opportunities

Cayman Islands – Bodden Town candidate for the Progressives Alva Suckoo has branded the United Democratic Party’s past four years as a lost opportunity for the information technology sector… more

DIGICEL brings the Android experience to all with launch of its affordable Smartphone — Introducing the colourful and fully loaded Digicel Smartphone DL600

Jamaica – Digicel is making the Android experience affordable and accessible to all with the launch of its own affordable smartphone… more

Government to Auction Two Licences in Telecommunications Sector

Jamaica – Government is to auction two licences for use in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band, with a view to attracting new entrants into the telecommunications market… more

Lottery-Scam Law To Also Cripple Identity Thieves

Jamaica – Persons engaged in identity theft will soon be captured under the new lottery-scam legislation more formally designated the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Special Provisions Act of 2013… more

Number Portability Soon

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the Government is far advanced in implementing (telephone) number portability… more

Tension at LIME as company boycotts meeting

Jamaica – Tension is reportedly rising at LIME Jamaica over the plan to make close to 300 positions redundant, starting next month… more

Friday, 29 March 2013

Fired BTC CEO Appointed As Board Director

Bahamas – Axed Bahamas Telecommunications Company CEO Leon Williams has been appointed as a BTC board director for the government, Prime Minister Perry Christie said… more

High school girls get advice on ICT careers

Jamaica – Telecoms company, Flow and Courts Jamaica Limited have partnered with Microsoft in its initiative to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Information Communication Technology (ICT)… more

Saturday, 30 March 2013

FLOW treats customers to free HBO

Jamaica – FLOW customers will enjoy a free weekend of HBO channels, this Easter… more

LIME 2013 Directory

St. Lucia – Whenever a new LIME Services Directory is about to be unveiled there is always great anticipation, as the public wonders who will be featured on the front cover. For 2013, the wait is now over… more

Sunday, 31 March 2013

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