Roundup: for the week ending 30 June 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 24 June to Sunday 30 June 2013.

Monday, 24 June 2012

Cash accuses PM of secret deal with CWC

Bahamas – Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash said yesterday that Prime Minister Perry Christie’s consideration of extending the date for liberalization of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) would be a “bad deal” that would not be in the “best interest of the Bahamian people”… more

New claim on BTC proceeds

Bahamas – The government did not net anywhere near $200 million from the sale of 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), businessman Franklyn Wilson has claimed… more

Internet to be In Most Cuban Homes by 2014

Cuba – Cuba’s state-run telecom company ETECSA plans to begin offering in-home Internet connections by late 2014, a director of the company told Efe… more

Gov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime

Jamaica – Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Ministry is taking full advantage of the offerings of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in combating crime across the island… more

New Blackberry arrives in T&T

Trinidad & Tobago – The new BlackBerry Q10 is finally here—and Digicel customers came out recently at the company’s Trincity Mall flagship store to be among the first to purchase the device and get tips from the experts on hand… more

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Cable Blasts BTC On Roaming Call ‘Block’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has urged regulators to intervene in its long-running dispute over the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) alleged ‘blocking’ of calls to international mobile roaming customers, demanding that it provide call termination on a “cost oriented basis”… more

PM: No secret BTC deal

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie has called accusations made by Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash that a secret deal has been made with Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) “entirely wrong”… more

IT Malfunction at the SMMC.

St. Maarten – Last week, the Server of the St. Maarten Medical Center malfunctioned due to a failure of one of the hard disks… more

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

$320,000 Handed To Community Causes By BTC

Bahamas – TO mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company announced it is investing more than $320,000 in several community programmes and charitable causes, as well as launching a series of BTC customer discounts via specialty promotions… more Can ‘Equal’ $807m Macau Unit

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) majority shareholder believes the company can be developed into “a world class service” provider equivalent to its Macau business, which it sold last week for $806.8 million… more

BTC confident it’s delivering ‘world-class service’

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) CEO Geoff Houston is confident that the company is supplying its customers with world-class service… more

BTC monopoly extension “price worth paying”

Bahamas – Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) President Bernard Evans said yesterday that extending the date for the full liberalization of the telecomunications sector would be a price worth paying if it would mean regaining majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Digicel Urges Mobile Termination Re-Think

Bahamas – A cellular operator beating on the door to invest in the Bahamas has urged regulators to introduce mobile call termination rates prior to the sector’s liberalisation, arguing it will “enhance competition” when it arrives… more

Phone Tech supervisor arrested for theft

Dominica – A man who, it is said, is a supervisor at Phone Tech, has been arrested and charged for reportedly stealing over $51,000 from the company… more

ECTEL Member States Record Five Per Cent Increase in Fixed Broadband Subscriptions

Regional – The seventh Annual Review of the Electronic Communications Sector released by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) reveals steady growth in broadband subscription in its Member States for the twelve months ending March 2012… more

LIME makes major contribution to the Advancement of Children Foundation

St. Kitts  & Nevis – With the aim of the Advancement of Children Foundation (ACF) being “to positively affect the life of the children and youth in our community…” LIME came on board in 2008 to partner with this life changing organisation… more

Thursday, 27 June 2013

BTC Attacks Cable’s ‘Double Rate Subsidy’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has blasted Cable Bahamas’ call termination rates for being “double” its own, arguing that this results in “unfair competition” by creating a ‘subsidy’ that allows its rival to undercut its fixed-line voice prices… more want back my phone, computer

Trinidad & Tobago – AN ANGRY Gary Griffith, National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday demanded that police return his computer and Blackberry cellular phone which he gave them, over a month ago… more

‘Phone card vendors jacking up prices’

Trinidad & Tobago – Pre-paid phone cards have become one of those indispensables products that tens of thousands of people depend on. Even if vendors are charging a price higher than what is printed on the card, customers will still pay for it… more

Friday, 28 June 2013

Extending BTC Monopoly Will ‘Harm Bahamians’

Bahamas – Extending the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) cellular monopoly will “be harmful to the Bahamian economy and the Bahamian people”, a former Cabinet Minister warned yesterday… more

Roberts supports extending BTC monopoly

Bahamas – Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said he supports the idea of extending the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) cellular monopoly in return for two percent of shares in the company… more

India promises IT center

Dominica – The construction of an Information Technology Center in Dominica is one of the commitments made by the government on India… more

Digicel Grenada upgrades Smile promotion

Grenada – Digicel has upgraded its Smile promotion in Grenada. Digicel prepay customers will now receive double the rewards offered through the Smile promotion… more

LIME, Cisco Meraki unveil WiFi earning opportunity for businesses

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm LIME and leading Cloud-controlled WiFi solutions provider Cisco Meraki have teamed up to offer Jamaican businesses technology aimed at increasing revenues and improving the attractiveness of their establishments to an increasingly technologically driven market… more

LIME appoints Acting CEO

Regional – Martin Roos has been named to the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer for LIME… more

Regional Carcip Launch

Regional – Saint Lucia’s Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. James Fletcher, has been invited to deliver the Feature Address at the regional launch of the World Bank-funded Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) in Grenada on Wednesday 26th June, 2013… more

Deosaran: Time to train locals in IT

Trinidad & Tobago – CHAIRMAN of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Prof Ramesh Deosaran believes technology courses should be made available to persons in the security industry so there would be no need to import IT experts to investigate email transmissions… more

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Grenada flagGrenada to punish offensive online comments

Grenada – Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter… more

Enterprise Centre lands US$3.5 million project

Trinidad & Tobago – The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute’s (Cariri) Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) secured a $US3.5 million World Bank project to establish a Regional Climate Innovation Centre for the Caribbean even before the doors to its spanking new $15 million facility were formally opened on Wednesday… more

Sunday, 30 June 2013

LIME: Consumers prefer our value and simplicity

Jamaica – All network $2.99 prepaid one rate sends clear value signal, company says… more

Nine Jamaicans detained in lottery, money laundering scams

Jamaica – Police have detained nine people in the western part of the island as they continue investigations into money laundering and lottery scamming activities… more


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