Roundup: for the week ending 16 June 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June 2013.

Monday, 10 June 2012

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

BTC Confident Of Retaining Fixed ‘Lion’s Share’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it welcomed the imminent arrival of number portability on September 3, adding that it had retained “the lion’s share” of fixed-line customers despite Cable Bahamas’ market entrance… more

URCA Unveils Consumer Protection Regulations

Bahamas – THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday released its draft consumer protection regulations, which seeks to address contracts and services, customer complaints handling ands billing and credit management… more

Number Portability To Launch Sept. 3

Bahamas – THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) said yesterday that number portability for landline services would be launched on September 3, creating a “strong competitive enabler” in the telecommunications sector… more

URCA pushes awareness on number portability

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is launching a public awareness campaign leading up to the implementation of number portability in September… more

Mobile madness

Barbados – Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, has lashed out at Barbadians he says have Facebook and other social media “plastered with death and mayhem”… more

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 Files Complaint Against CBL With URCA

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has lodged an official complaint by filing a Dispute Report with The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) over Cable Bahamas’ (CBL) refusal to air BTC television advertisements whilst contracted to do so from June 15th 2012 through June 14, 2013… more

‘Unions Must Fight For BTC’

Bahamas – IF union leaders want BTC re-Bahamianised they will have to fight for it themselves, Labour Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday… more

Going with the FLOW

Barbados – A local company’s bid to stop another Barbadian entity and associated organisations from using the business name “FLOW” while they battle it out in court has failed… more

McDonald ‘quits’ LIME

Barbados – Telecommunications company Cable & Wireless’ latest restructuring of its Caribbean business and management has reportedly reached Barbados… more

GT&T takes Cellular Service to North Rupununi

Guyana – GT&T has again broken ground with the installation of a Cellular site in the Aranaputa Valley, North Rupununi District… more

Exporting Jamaican Television

Jamaica – Some years ago as the General Manager of Television Jamaica (TVJ) a senior technocrat told me that news did not count as a local TV programme… more

Gov’t to establish Cyber Emergency Response Team

Jamaica – THE Jamaican Government, in an effort to boost the island’s cybercrime fighting capabilities, is moving to establish a Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT) to deal with an emerging global threat… more

Jamaica gov’t working with hackers; moves to boost cyber security

Jamaica – Government has formed an alliance with a group of ‘ethical hackers’ as part of efforts to beef up the country’s resistance to cybercrimes… more

‘Monitor your kids on the Internet’

Jamaica – HEAD of the Constabulary’s Forensic and Cybercrimes Unit, Inspector Warren Williams, is urging parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet to protect them from cyberbullying and paedophiles… more

Latin America – Mobile Voice, Data and Forecasts

Regional – announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue… more

New Market Report: Caribbean Telecommunications Report Q2 2013

Regional – Our Q213 Caribbean report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments in the telecoms markets of 10 countries… more

Thursday, 13 June 2013

BTC Blasts Cable On Alleged $150k Contract Breach

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday accused Cable Bahamas of anti-competitive behaviour intended to cause it “loss of market share” in broadband Internet, claiming its main rival had breached their $150,000 advertising contract… more

Belize Takes Steps to Improve Internet Service

Belize – After ranking dead last in a recent survey of Internet pricing and speeds in English-speaking Caribbean countries, Belize is taking steps to improve… more Guyana introduces the new Blackberry Q10

Guyana – Digicel, the leading mobile communications provider in Guyana, today announced that the sleek BlackBerry Q10 will be available to Guyanese consumers from Friday, June 14… more

Gov’t must liberalise telecoms – Urling

Guyana – GCCI president Clinton Urling is calling on government to liberalise the telecommunications industry as the chamber is taking steps to develop ICT as a productive sector critical to the nation’s long-term economic development… more

Digicel launches new plans with ‘increased freeness’

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica today unveiled six new plans, which the telecoms company says offer customers the “lowest rates and increased freeness.”… more

JUST IN: Digicel announces new call rates

Jamaica – Digicel has unveiled a range of new plans less than a week after its competitor, LIME, slashed its rate to $2.99 across network and to US and Canada plus UK landlines… more

LIME Promo Lures 20,000

Jamaica – Lured by the offer of a free cell phone with the purchase of J$1,000 of credit, just over 20,000 persons descended on LIME Jamaica stores during the two-day promotion, the telecom said Tuesday… more

LIME Launches New BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone in Saint Lucia!

St. Lucia – LIME yesterday launched the new BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone powered by BlackBerry® 10 in Saint Lucia… more

Friday, 14 June 2013

Cable Hits Back At BTC’s Own Alleged ‘Anti-Comp Actions’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas yesterday hit back at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) with its own accusations of alleged “anti-competitive behaviour”, as the battle for broadband Internet market dominance heats up… more

Fear for future of LIME employees

Barbados – The Barbados Workers Union said today it fears for the future security of the rights and interests of LIME employees now that its two top executives have been separated from the company… more

LIME wins interconnection dispute

Barbados – The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has ruled in LIME’s favour regarding the dispute which arose earlier this year over landline termination rates with Digicel… more

Still going with the FLOW

Barbados – COLUMBUS Communications Ltd can continue trading as FLOW in Barbados, at least for the time being… more

Sweet victory for LIME

Barbados – LIME is claiming victory over Digicel… more

Dominican_Republic FlagDominicans could have a 911 emergency system by yearend

Dominican Republic – The government on Thursday announced a call for tenders for radios, ambulance, surveillance cameras and systems to identify and locate first response vehicles, among other equipment, to start operating an integrated emergency system, including 911 calls… more

Customs Dept To Overhaul It System

Jamaica – The Customs Department is planning a complete overhaul of its information technology system, which will be replaced by technology with the capability of interfacing with the overseers of border trade in overseas markets… more

Digicel Hits Back – Mobile Provider Reveals New Cross-Network Rates As Low As $2.49

Jamaica – The price war in the mobile telephone market became sweeter for consumers at the start of this morning as Digicel introduced sharp cuts in its call rates across networks… more

Digicel’s new call plans are confusing, says LIME

Jamaica – Telecommunications Company LIME has responded to rival company Digicel’s introduction of a new suite of low cost call plans for prepaid mobile customers… more

Digicel St. Lucia intros ‘Be Extraordinary’ brand platform

St. Lucia – Digicel has launched its ‘Be Extraordinary’ brand platform in Saint Lucia. Digicel has already introduced its new ‘Be Extraordinary’ tagline and brand identity in Panama, Bermuda, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands… more

OECS on course towards implementing integrated labour market information system

Regional – Labour commissioners and permanent secretaries from ministries of labour in the OECS have been applauded for their high percentage turnout and participation at a recently held unprecedented two day meeting in St Lucia from June 6 to 7, 2013… more

LIME’s new rates are anything but sour

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Despite the current impasse in negotiations between the two mobile network operators over the local Mobile Termination Rate, LIME SVG has ploughed full steam ahead to bring significant savings to its customers, by lowering its call rates… more

Saturday, 15 June 2013

BTC lodges complaint with URCA against Cable Bahamas

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has lodged a complaint with the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) against Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL), claiming that the firm did not air BTC television ads while contracted to do so from June 15, 2012 through June 14, 2013… more

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Sir Roy: Let down by LIME

Barbados – SIR ROY TROTMAN says he is disappointed that telecommunications giant LIME is still to tender an apology to workers, four months after promising to do so… more

Buchanan touts Vision 2050 ICT programme

Jamaica – THE Vision 2050 ICT programme in West Rural St Andrew is ready for take-off, according to Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew Paul Buchanan… more

The new world — secrecy and digital tyranny

Jamaica – AT long last, rhetoric about the existence of a ‘Big Brother’ state can no longer be denied or treated as excessive paranoia by a public fearful of any intrusion into their private and personal lives by what Tea Party activists and arch-Republicans opposed to the policies of the Obama Administration are fond of calling ‘Big Government’… more


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