Roundup: for the week ending 2 June 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 27 May to Sunday 2 June 2013.

Monday, 27 May 2012

EBITDA Target Vital To $40m BTC Spend

Bahamas – Achieving EBITDA margins greater than 30 per cent is vital to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) maintaining annual capital expenditure at around $40 million, a senior executive has confirmed… more

Foreign expert for email probe

Trinidad & Tobago – Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson yesterday said foreign expertise on cyber crime is being sought in the investigation of emails alleging a conspiracy involving Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and senior Government officials… more

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Digicel Launch Affordable Android Smartphone: Introducing The Colourful and Fully Loaded Digicel Smartphone Dl600

Barbados – Digicel is making the Android experience affordable and accessible to all with the launch of its own affordable smartphone, which is now available at Digicentres across Barbados… more

Cuba to offer public Internet at salons islandwide

Cuba – Cuban authorities said Tuesday that they will begin offering public Internet access at more than 100 cyber-salons across the island, though home Web service remains greatly restricted… more

Tricom launches SingleRAN CDMA/LTE Network deployed by Huawei

Dominican Republic – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the LTE network deployed by Huawei for traditional CDMA service provider Tricom has launched commercially in the Dominican Republic… more

Is GT&T holding this nation to ransom?

Guyana – Dear Editor,
So GT&T decided to change its billing system (obviously a boardroom decision) with a claim that it will improve its service delivery. Oh please! … more

Broadband Map to be Developed

Jamaica – The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is moving forward with plans for the development, design and launch of an interactive broadband map, to assist in assessing the country’s broadband coverage… more

Cyber Security Task Force to Meet Next Month

Jamaica – The first meeting of the island’s Cyber Security Task Force is expected to begin next month, June 2013… more

ICT Has Become an Engine for Economic Growth – State Minister Robinson

Jamaica – Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become engines for social and economic growth globally… more

Online marketing on the menu at upcoming conference

Regional – Integrating social, mobile and data devices with core marketing strategies is the central intent of a special travel marketing conference.
Online Marketing Strategies for Travel 2013 – The Americas and the Caribbean takes place on 4 and 5 June at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami… more

An e-mail primer

Trinidad & Tobago – Regardless of which side of the political divide you choose to support, it’s clear that the discussions about the recent revelation of a thread of e-mail conversations offered in Parliament by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has provoked strong emotional reactions… more

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Landline market continues to grow – Telecoms manager

Antigua & Barbuda – s the popularity of mobile phones continue to grow and telephone companies internationally attempt to end landline services, Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) Telecoms Manager said the local market for landlines remains robust… more

Cuba to expand public internet access

Cuba – Cuba will expand public internet services next June 4 in some 118 cyber centers operating throughout the country, according to a statement issued by the island’s communications ministry… more

projectTeleMonopalm1 (Vector Engineers)Belize Telemedia Sets Up The Country’s First Mono-Palm

Belize – Something at the Agriculture Show grounds in Belmopan is drawing the curiosity of the community.  Their eyes are being drawn to a palm tree…or maybe not, well it looks like a palm tree but we found out that in reality it is called a monopole and it is a telecommunication tower placed there by the Belize Telemedia Limited… more

Cell number portability by next March?

Jamaica – JAMAICANS should, by March of next year, be able to transfer their telephone number to the telecoms carrier of their choice, according to Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Julian Robinson… more

Gov’t Looks to Reduce Software Licensing Cost

Jamaica – A number of Government ministries and agencies will participate in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Pilot Project, slated to get underway in July… more

Gov’t to Establish Cyber Response Team

Jamaica – Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), which will assist in the protection of Jamaica’s Internet infrastructure by coordinating defences against and responses to cyber attacks and threats, is expected to be implemented in December… more

Number Portability by March 2014

Jamaica – Jamaicans will be able to retain their assigned mobile numbers across networks by as early as March 2014… more

Talk Gets Cheap – Reduced Mobile Rates Coming In Weeks

Jamaica – Jamaicans could be seeing further reductions in the cost of telephone calls within weeks. Telecommunications sources have told The Gleaner that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has made a final determination of mobile termination rates which is well below the $5-per-minute interim rate implemented last July… more

UWI Partners with Microsoft to Launch IT Centre

Jamaica – The University of the West Indies (UWI), in partnership with Microsoft, has established an information technology centre aimed to fostering innovation and stimulating a sustainable local software economy… more

Montserrat seeks EOIs for submarine fibre optic cable project

Montserrat – The Montserrat government Wednesday said it was soliciting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its proposed submarine fibre optic cable project… more

Digicel hands over technical support services to Sierra

Regional – DIGICEL will transfer a range of technical support services at its Jamaican operations to a sister company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, the tecommunications company has announced… more

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Document: National Policy on Broadcasting for Anguilla

Anguilla – Available for download and distribution : The National Policy on Broadcasting for Anguilla. This is the first policy produced for the development of the Broadcasting Industry in this country…  more

Cell message not getting through

Cayman Islands – Almost three people are caught each day using their mobile phones while driving, and police still feel education is key to save lives. Latest stats from the RCIPS  show the message is still not quite getting through… more

Cuba Plans to Connect Homes to Web Eventually

Cuba – Cuba’s government plans to bring the Internet into people’s homes, but that is not the “initial priority” of its overall strategy to expand Web access, Communist Party daily Granma said Wednesday… more

Dominica to pioneer mobile education initiative for youth

Dominica – BrightPath Foundation, a youth-focused non-profit based in Trinidad and Tobago, is spearheading a mobile app development education initiative for the Commonwealth of Dominica…. more

Alarm over possible forgery of Telcor legal documents

Guyana – Questions of forgery have arisen regarding Telcor Broadcasting, the company which was granted five radio frequencies by then President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2011… more

Digicel to cut call rates

Jamaica – Telecommunications company Digicel, says it will be moving to cut call rates as the Office of Utilities Regulations prepares to set permanent termination rates… more‘Historic’ Day For Talk – Our Sets $1.10 Termination Rate For Mobile Providers

Jamaica – IN A major decision by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) yesterday, the regulatory body approved a mobile termination rate (MTR) of $1.10 effective July 1, which will see consumers benefitting from a sharp decline from the current $5.00 per minute… more

Jamaica aims to improve technology sector against cyber attacks

Jamaica – The Jamaica government says it will soon implement a a cyber emergency response team (CERT) to assist in the protection of the island’s internet infrastructure by coordinating defences against and responses to cyber attacks and threats… more

Judge Us On Commitments- Robinson

Jamaica – GOVERNMENT MINISTER Julian Robinson has told the public to judge him and the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration by commitments he gave for the delivery of various projects while addressing legislators in the House of Representatives on Tuesday… more

New mobile rates to be known tomorrow

Jamaica – Jamaicans should get details of new, lower Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs) for calls across networks by tomorrow… more

OUR Announces $1.10 Mobile termination Rate

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities regulation (OUR)has approved a mobile termination rate of $1.10 down from $5.00 paving the way for a sharp reduction in call rates in Jamaica… more

Start-Up Jamaica to Provide Support for ICT Entrepreneurs

Jamaica – The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM) is set to implement the Start-up Jamaica initiative aimed at providing technical support to local entrepreneurs and innovators in the area of technology… more

Friday, 31 May 2013

BTC Deal ‘Way Beyond’ 129% Dividend Growth

Bahamas – The “national interest” means the Government has no reason to leave the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) alone, despite its projections of a 129 per cent increase in the dividends it will earn from the carrier… more

Cable Bahamas gets people talking with Sigma Systems

Bahamas – Sigma Systems, the leader in catalog-driven service fulfillment solutions, announced today that Cable Bahamas, a leading communications provider and first to offer Triple Play services to the Bahamas, … more

CTEX, The Newest And Most Advanced Tier-IV Data Center In Latin America And The Caribbean Is Completing Its Final Commissioning And Installation Phases

Curaçao – Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) unveiled the final implementation details of its US$120 million dollar project to build the largest and most advanced data center complex to service Latin America and the Caribbean on the island of Curaçao… more

Dehring welcomes lowering of termination rates

Jamaica – LIME Chairman Chris Dehring has welcomed the lowering of the Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) as “fantastic news” for the company and Jamaican consumers… more

Digicel, LIME, Flow ready to battle

Jamaica – COMPETITION in the telecommunications industry intensified yesterday with Digicel’s announcement that it will, in the next two months, seek to capture a share of the lucrative fixed-line business dominated by arch-rival LIME… more

LIME blames taxes for drop in revenue

Jamaica – Lime Jamaica has blamed the imposition of the Special Telecommunications Tax on international calls and lower fixed to mobile retail rates for the big drop in revenue for the year ended March 31… more

LIME, Digicel welcome new termination rate

Jamaica – Telecommunications companies LIME and Digicel, have welcomed the move by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to cut the Mobile Termination Rate… more

Vaz advises against 700 MHz band auction

Jamaica – West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz is cautioning the government against auctioning two licences for use of the 700 megahertz band… more

Flag_of_Sint_MaartenFive Foreign Nationals Arrested for ATM Skimming — Large Sum of Monies Confiscated

St. Maarten – Police arrested five foreign nationals who were busy skimming ATM machines belonging to the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Thursday evening. The five suspects all of whom are foreign nationals were caught in the act… more

TelEm Group Network interference problem solved with help of local Regulator

St. Maarten – TelEm Group has written to the Bureau of Telecommunication and Post, St. Maarten, thanking the regulator and its staff for their prompt assistance in identifying recent interference to the company’s 3G mobile voice and data network… more

Saturday, 1 June 2013

GT&T should unblock access to sites streaming 98.1 HOT FM

Guyana – Dear Editor,
I would like to appeal to the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GT&T) to unblock access by DSL Lite users to the following website that streams 98.1 HOT FM… more

No response or better service from GT&T

Guyana – Dear Editor,
It is with utter frustration I am penning this letter. Despite numerous letters being published about the attitude and service of GT&T, we are still waiting for an answer or better service… more

Digicel Landline Plan Welcome

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir:  The fact that Digicel will be going after the fixed-line business made front-page news on Friday, May 31… more

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Digicel launches 4G services in Anguilla

Anguilla – Digicel has launched its 4G network in Anguilla, based on HSPA+ technology. To promote its 4G services launch across the island, Digicel has rolled out its Surf, Stream and Share marketing campaign… more

Even cheaper minutes

Jamaica – When number portability comes in, competition heats up, you should shop around for best phone plan… more

Use Technology to Become Creators – BCJ

Jamaica – Assistant Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ), Karlene Salmon Johnson, is urging young people to use the power of technology to bring their creative ideas to life… more

CWC moves closer to the Caribbean

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communication announced plans to leave the UK after 140 years as it returned to profit after offloading businesses in gambling hubs Monaco and Macau… more


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