Roundup: for the week ending 18 August 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 12 August to Sunday 18 August 2013.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Lyew Tech Problem Of The Week

Jamaica – How to child-proof your Internet. Why you need to know: … more

Tech Business

Jamaica – Within a business, mobile communication among employees and employers can rack up a pretty penny… more

Paulwell: Caribbean’s Goal Should Be “Affordable and Ubiquitous” Broadband

Regional – Digicel’s recent move to abolish regional roaming fees was “commendable,” but the Caribbean’s true goal should be “affordable and ubiquitous broadband Internet access,” according to Jamaican Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell… more

LIME boosts 4G experience

St. Lucia – Many customers in Saint Lucia would be getting increasingly familiar with smartphone operating systems, like Android and iOS and BlackBerry 10. Now, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading mobile service provider is opening new windows for mobile users… more

Sando TSTT workers complain of snake invasion

Trinidad & Tobago – TELECOMMUNICATIONS Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) workers have threatened to shut down operations at the company’s work centre in San Fernando as a result of a snake infestation… more

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Barbados sets up National Computer Incident Response Team

Barbados – ITU and the Government of Barbados have signed an agreement to establish a National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), a key mechanism to strengthen cybersecurity, detect the threat of cyber-attacks and manage a timely response… more

No telephone or internet services at back of Britannia since July 2

Guyana – Dear Editor, Thank you for permitting me space in your newspaper to highlight a burning issue that occurred due to the incompetence of the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Co… more

Youth Parliament Passes Motion For More Use Of Technology In Education

St. Maarten – St. Maarten Youth Parliament, dominated by young women, unanimously passed a motion Monday charging the Education Minister to develop a comprehensive policy to incorporate technology throughout the educational system… more

TSTT: We’re dealing with safety issues

Trinidad & Tobago The health and safety issues being raised by disgruntled workers of the Telecommunications Ser­vices of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) are being addressed, the company assured yesterday… more

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 seeks a different kind of payout in gambling dispute with US

Antigua & Barbuda – If tiny Antigua and Barbuda gets its way, distributors of works by Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg and other American artists could get shortchanged in the eastern Caribbean islands… more

Broadcasting Commission launches ad campaign to protect children

Jamaica – The media watchdog agency the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) says it has launched an advertising campaign focusing on the protection of children against harmful content, as well as antipiracy and payola…more

Unicomer (Courts) adds its name to the Digicel Business Portfolio

St. Kitts & Nevis  Unicomer (who trades as Courts), the region’s largest furniture, appliance and electrical company, is now powered by Digicel Business… more

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Copia Communications Llc Now Providing Services To Breezes Bahamas

Bahamas – Copia Communications installed their equipment at Breezes Bahamas, which will now receive Wi-Fi throughout its premises… more

ICT trial date set

Cayman Islands – Defendant Sandra Catron will represent herself A five-day trial in Grand Court has been set next year for Sandra Catron, who is charged with harassment via an ICT network… more

Haiti’s mobile redemption

Haiti – David Sharpe doesn’t mind doing business in Haiti despite its reputation for being one of the world’s most dangerous countries… more

Fall off in fixed line demand – Cable and Wireless Jamaica

Jamaica – Cable and Wireless Jamaica has signaled that it’s coming up with a plan to stem the decline in its fixed line business. The company has seen a fall off in fixed line demand as customers migrate to more competitive mobile and data options… more

CWU wants TSTT building condemned

Trinidad & Tobago – PRESIDENT of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) Joseph Remy wants the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) office at St James Street, San Fernando, to be condemned… more

Hunt on for 3rd mobile provider

Trinidad & Tobago – THE hunt is now on to find a third mobile provider for this country. The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has initiated an open competitive process for the selection of a third public mobile telecommunications operator for Trinidad and Tobago… more

TSTT: CWU playing with safety issues

Trinidad & Tobago – Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) has responded to health and safety concerns raised by San Fernando workers, saying the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) was using the issues as a “moving negotiations target.” In a press release Tuesday, TSTT said it expected the union to continue to “conjure” health and safety issues as leverage for bargaining… more

Digicel Business Adds Pepsi Bottling Company to its Growing List of Valued Customers

Trinidad & Tobago – Digicel Business, the region’s leading business solutions partner, today announced that Pepsi Bottling Company has joined its growing list of valued customers… more

Friday, 16 August 2013

Haiti – Technology : 3rd Hackathon to the benefit of non-sighted people

Haiti – The École Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti (ESIH) organized in its premises, its 3rd Hackathon (technological marathon) on 17 and 18 August, around the theme “Ann raproche e rann teknoloji a itil andikape nou yo”… more

Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited: three months results for the period ended June 2013

Jamaica – First Quarter results (ended June 2013): Revenue fell by 10% when compared to the same period last year… more

Can Jamaica create a sustainable venture capital industry?

Jamaica – IN a press briefing Wednesday, Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) CEO Milverton Reynolds announced that his institution would be hosting a venture capital conference entitled “Advancing innovation and entrepreneurship – Seeding Tomorrow’s Opportunities” on September 9th at the Pegasus hotel… more

Jamaica consults on mobile spectrum caps

Jamaica – Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) and the ICT Division within the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining have launched public consultations on mobile spectrum cap regulations… more

JCCUL Eyes Remittance Market Through MoneyGram – Mobile Payment Service Goes Live Monday

Jamaica – Heston Hutton, managing director for Centralised Strategic Services Limited (CSS), said Thursday that its credit union parent will look next at offering remittances in the suite of services to be rolled out under its mobile money solution, JCUES… more

One laptop per child, breakfast programme in public schools

St. Maarten – The introduction of a breakfast programme for all public schools and introduction of a one laptop per child programme are among the priorities of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (ECYS) Minister Patricia Lourens during her term in office… more

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fibre optic cable project to miss yet another deadline

Guyana – Government’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) project is now expected to conclude by year-end, missing its September deadline. Currently, foreign companies are lending their expertise via examining the laying of fibre optic cable along Guyana’s rough terrain… more

GITEP supports ICT use in tertiary institutions

Guyana – In light of the fact that Information Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognised as an important factor in the delivery of education in tertiary institutions, moves have been made in the form of a laboratory at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE)… more

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Top-Up Bonus for Viva Dominican Republic on

Dominican Republic – launched a new promotion for international top ups to Dominican Republic. Until September 1st, those who recharge a Viva mobile double the amount recharged by 100% free credit as bonus… more

Double Bonus for LIME Jamaica on

Jamaica – announces double bonus credit for all mobile recharges to LIME Jamaica… more

Local tech firm brings business card application to Windows 8

Jamaica – Xormis, a Jamaican technology company has launched a networking application on the Windows 8 platform that enhances the sharing of business cards via smartphones… more


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