Roundup: for the week ending 11 August 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 5 August to Sunday 11 August 2013.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Gov’t Data Vulnerable To Cyberattack

Jamaica – With sensitive top-secret data becoming more susceptible to hackers in cyberspace around the world, the Jamaican Government could easily become the next victim of this global threat… more

Regional ICT ministers to meet in Trinidad

Regional – The state of information and communication technologies will be examined in the by regional officials at a forum to be held here from August 7-8… more

TelEm Group updating customer information for 2014 telephone directory.

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group is presently updating customer information for the upcoming 2014 Telephone Directory for residential and business clients… more

Trinidad BrightPath TechCamp for Youth A Success

Trinidad & Tobago – Future tech innovators from the Caribbean, the USA and the UK were celebrated at the close of a unique summer camp experience hosted by BrightPath Foundation in Port of Spain, Trinidad… more

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

MAYA-1 to be reconfigured

Cayman Islands – One week after a major cable fail, MAYA-1, the main line providing internet service to the country may have to be reconfigured says telecommunications company, AT&T… more

Digicel offers new roaming rate

Guyana – Digicel (Guyana) has announced that the company has introduced a special roaming rate of only GUY$30 to its subscribers… more

A torrent of piracy

Trinidad & Tobago – Patrick Hosein, the administrator for the .tt domain, was approached a couple of months ago to become part of the global stream of torrented files… more

CWU head calls on TSTT to publish financials

Trinidad & Tobago – The Communication Workers Uni­on (CWU) is demanding the board of the Telecommunications Ser­vices of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) be made to act transparently and publish its audited financial reports for the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013… more

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

September Start For Community Technology Programme

Barbados – The Community Development Department’s 10-week Community Technology Programme (CTP) will begin on Monday, September 23… more

GT&T launches GPL bill payments via mobile

Guyana – Guyana Power & Light (GPL) has signed on to GT&T Mobile Money service to allow customers to pay electricity bills using their mobile phones… more

Long-awaited telecoms bill put off until recess ends

Guyana – Prime Minister Sam Hinds was this afternoon granted another deferment on the second reading of a critical telecoms liberalisation bill which means it won’t be addressed until October at the earliest… more’s TchoTcho Mobile Migrates to Utiba’s Mobility Platform; Represents the First Completed Implementation of Digicel’s Multi-Country Migration

Haiti – Utiba, a leading provider of mobile financial services solutions, announced today that TchoTcho Mobile, the mobile money platform of Haiti’s leading telephone company Digicel, has successfully migrated to Utiba’s Mobility platform… more

ICT Companies Fear Loss Of Free Zone Incentive

Jamaica – Removing incentives from the business processing outsourcing (BPO) industry, whose operations are largely centred in the Montego Bay free zone, is among implicit stipulations in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, but the chief spokesman for BPO companies said it could wipeout the sector… more

Jamaica-made web solutions at US$5k a pop…

Jamaica – From the comfort of his home in Kingston, Marc Gayle builds minimum-feature, webbased products for clients all over the world… more

Become computer literate

Trinidad & Tobago – Minister of the People and Social Development Glenn Ramadharsingh yesterday urged every citizen in every home to become computer literate to combat “information poverty”… more

Union questions TSTT on failure to publish 2012 audit

Trinidad & Tobago – Joseph Remy, president, Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) is calling on the Telecommunication Services  of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to publish its financial statement for financial year 2012 to 2013… more

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Digicel, Usaid Partner For Literacy

Jamaica – The Digicel Foundation is working to shore up literacy levels among the country’s primary school students through an expanded Enrichment Initiative project… more

LIME to slash mobile internet rates

Jamaica – Telecommunications company – LIME plans to  slash mobile internet charges by as much as 88 % as of Friday… more

Digicel Drives Best Value For Roamers

Regional – Digicel, the best value mobile operator, will dispense with roaming charges across its Caribbean and the US markets, it was announced today… more

TelCell says new $10 Top-up promotion best deal yet for budget-conscious mobile customers

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group mobile provider, TelCell, is launching a new $10 Top-up promotion islandwide, saying it’s the company’s best deal yet for cash-conscious mobile customers… more

20 university students become bmobile interns

Trinidad & Tobago – For the fourth year in a row, 20 university students kicked off their exciting journey with the blink | bmobile family… more

Are you getting the most out of your 4G data?

Trinidad & Tobago – In one minute, over 624 Terabytes of global IP data is shared on the Internet. That is equivalent to one Hi Definition Blu-ray disc of every Hollywood movie made since 1995… more

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cuba flag (Wikipedia)Cuba’s Internet: It’s Bad, But It Might Get Better

Cuba – There’s no use in trying to watch a YouTube video, and chances are you won’t be able to find that cute Cuban you just met on Facebook or Twitter, much less Skype with her or send her an email while on the island of Cuba… more

GT&T launches mobile service in Kurupukari

Guyana – Guyana Telephone & Telegraph (GT&T) has launched its mobile service at Kurupukari, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni)… more

LIME introduces new prepaid Internet packages

Jamaica – TELECOMS firm LIME will today introduce four new mobile prepaid Internet packages that will see customers paying as low as $300 for 30-day access… more

New cyber centre opens in Falmouth

Jamaica – The Cave Island Citizens’ Association (CICA) has partnered with several Government agencies to establish a new cyber centre, the Falmouth Youth Empowerment Centre, funded by the Universal Service Fund at a cost of $2.7 million… more

CTU President and Minister of Technology, Hon. Phillip Paulwell address to the Caribbean ICT Ministers’ Forum

Regional – Minister of Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago, representing The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Dr. Rupert Griffith… more

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Region lagging in data usage

Regional – Data is rapidly overtaking voice in global consumer usage, and global mobile data traffic doubled between 2011 and 2012… more

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tech start-ups urged to explore new crowd-funding platform

Jamaica – LOCAL technology experts have welcomed a new crowd-funding site as a possible lifeline for startups in the industry… more


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