Roundup: for the week ending 14 July 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 8 July to Sunday 14 July 2013.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Stacey-Ann Simms-Burke: Letting Lime’s Light Shine

Jamaica – Stacey-Ann Simms-Burke does not like the limelight. She’s more comfortable working behind the scenes, in a job where she helps creating customised telecommunication solutions for businesses… more

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Digicel BVI states case for LTE; seeks to emulate sister companies in Antigua, Turks & Caicos with 700MHz rollout

British Virgin Islands – Digicel British Virgin Islands (BVI) has called on the government to speed up its allocation of spectrum suitable for Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology… more

Are social media sites making us sick?

St. Kitts & Nevis – Are sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites addictive and causing health conditions? Experts say yes… more

Commentary: Is mobile data the driver for future telecom business?

Regional – It is hard to overstate the importance of data services for telecom operator revenue growth. Although in a number of countries, some of them in Latin America, revenues from voice and data services grew over the past two years, many other markets saw a decline in voice revenues… more

SLCSI to host National ICT Forum

St. Lucia – Local firms and individuals who provide services in the area of Information and Communications Technology are gearing-up for a major ICT Forum… more

Photography on a phone

Trinidad & Tobago – Let’s face it. Your cellphone was never designed to be a camera. The things that make it a good phone are the exact opposite to the attributes traditionally associated with a useful photographic instrument… more

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Cellular phones in prisons are a threat to national security – Home Affairs Ministry

Guyana – The Ministry of Home Affairs is concerned with the penetration of cell phones at the various prisons, particularly at the Georgetown and New Amsterdam Prisons, as evidenced by the recovery of these items during security searches…more

Global literacy project uses tablet computers to boost reading numbers in Haiti

Haiti – ELEANOR HALL: School children in Haiti are about to take part in a global literacy trial that uses computer tablets to give them access to hundreds of books… more

E-Learning Jamaica Seeks Tablet Supplier

Jamaica – The E-Learning Jamaica Company Limited is now accepting bids for the provision of 30,000 tablet computers to be distributed in schools under a Government-sponsored programme which launches in the upcoming academic year… more

Mobile Wallet Providers Race To The Starting Line – Casserley, AIS Among Investors-In-Waiting

Jamaica – The providers of mobile wallet technology and Jamaican service providers are already developing partnerships to launch into business as soon as the central bank green lights the permits… more

Richardson talking to TSTT

Trinidad & Tobago – Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson has written to and has received correspondence from Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) as part of the investigations into emailgate… more

Thursday, 11 July 2013

URCA’s Powers ‘Unconstitutional’

Bahamas – The Constitutional Commission has found that the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) legislative powers are “unconstitutional” and discriminate against private broadcasters, Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said yesterday… more

Will Belize ever have internet rates as low as the region?

Belize – The search for oil depends on modern technology, and that includes software, equipment, and in some cases, dependence upon the internet… more

Caribbean must place greater focus on intellectual property crime

Regional – Intellectual property crime is not victimless crime. Such crimes pose severe risks to Caribbean consumer health and safety, have serious economic consequences, and fund transnational organised crime… more

Digicel Encourages Customers To Be Prepared This Hurricane Season

St. Kitts & Nevis – Hurricane season in the Caribbean officially begins in June and typically lasts through to November, with many storms occurring during August and September across the region… more

TelEm Group providing telecom services to ICAO Conference.

St. Maarten – TelEm Group is proud to be the provider of internet, mobile and data services to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference now under way in Maho… more

CWC launches mobile data services in St. Lucia

St. Lucia – LIME St. Lucia, a Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) business, has become the first operator to offer high speed mobile data services in St. Lucia… more

The need for Internet speed

Trinidad & Tobago – Internet speed is emerging as a top issue for Internet users the world over as consumers, businesses, schools and governments clamor for faster, broadband speeds and better, more reliable Internet service… more

Friday, 12 July 2013

Cable Growth Triples With $100m US Deals

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas is predicting that its almost $100 million worth of US acquisitions will triple annual revenue and operating income growth rates beyond what it would achieve if its activities remain confined to this nation… more

URCA rejects censorship claim

Bahamas – An official at the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) said yesterday the regulator has no legislative power to censor private broadcasters and suggested that the entity was surprised by criticism from the Constitutional Commission… more

A call for public education on ICT Bills

Grenada – Trade Union representative in the Senate Ray Roberts tells the government that it must engage the people in consultation the same way it pursued their votes to win the February 19, 2013 General elections… more

Digicel top execs moving to Dublin offices

Jamaica – Five managers from the Digicel Group will relocate from Jamaica to a new corporate office in Dublin, Ireland… more

Digicel Hosts Corporate Mixer At Blue Beat Mobay

Jamaica – As the telecommunications landscape becomes even more competitive, mobile giant Digicel took over the Blue Beat lounge in Montego Bay Wednesday night… more

Hacking Demo Highlights Ease Of Cybertheft

Jamaica – Martin Voelk of Cyber 51 Limited, to show how easy it can be for cyber-criminals or mischief makers to breach online systems, demonstrated how to hack in four steps on Tuesday…more

Jamaican IT experts form alliance

Jamaica – A new body has been formed representing a working group of local information technology (IT) service providers, software developers and consultancy and advisory services… more

OUR Invites Consultations On 10-Digit Dialling

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), close to running out of telephone numbers, is considering adding a second area code, but taking that route means local phone numbers, and dialling, will increase from seven to 10 digits… more

Stiffer penalties coming for mobile phone use while driving

Jamaica – An amended Road Traffic Act is expected to tighten regulations and introduce stiffer penalties for the use of mobile phones while driving and in-car devices such as DVD players… more

$30,000 to be won in Digicel’s 4G 30 Days of Summer Promotion

St. Kitts & Nevis – Following a very successful island wide 4G launch in both St. Kitts & Nevis, Digicel is at it again with an exciting & rewarding promotion for summer… more

Saturday, 13 July 2013

PM Mitchell wants ICT to further unite region

Grenada – CARICOM Minister responsible for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Dr. the Hon Keith Mitchell wants to use the new Technological Era to drive the region forward… more

KSAC Acquires Tablet Computers to Boost Service

Jamaica – The operational capacity of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has been boosted with the acquisition of some 40 portable tablet computers, valued just over $400,000… more

Young People in Spanish Town to Benefit From ICT and Entrepreneurial Training

Jamaica – Approximately 120 young people from several Spanish Town communities will this year benefit from a programme designed to provide training in software and applications (apps) development and entrepreneurial skills… more

New TATT board in place, Internet service generating income (with CNC3 video)

Trinidad & Tobago – The new Telecommunications Authority of T&T board has been installed and among some of the initiatives to be tackled will be the draft broadcast code and developments to enable a third mobile provider to enter the market, the broadcast monitoring system among other initiatives… more

Sunday, 14 July 2013

VIDEO: Hackers can protect your data too

Jamaica – Once any form of information technology is being used in your business, regardless of the size, you should be concerned about its security… more

Digicel brings DL600 white-label smartphone to St. Kitts

St. Kitts & Nevis – Digicel has launched its DL600 white-label Android-powered smartphone in St. Kitts and Nevis… more


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