Roundup: for the week ending 1 September 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 26 August to Sunday 1 September 2013.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Edigicash Version 2 Released

Belize – SoftPark Technologies Corp., a leading provider of e-commerce solutions for online merchants worldwide, has released eDigiCash Version 2… more

LIME cash squeeze could cost jobs

Cayman Islands – Telecoms company Cable and Wireless want to shed losses and cut US$100 million in costs, but this could mean people’s jobs here in the Cayman Islands… more

Flow Serves Up Us Open Treat

Jamaica – When the first ball is served at the start of the US Open tennis tournament today, sports fans in Jamaica will have behind-the-scenes access to that and other sporting events for three days on ESPN Play, available exclusively via the Flow network… more

Journalists call for resignation of TVJ chairman

Jamaica – The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is calling for the resignation of the chairman of the board of Television Jamaica (TV), Milton Samuda, following an allegation that he confiscated the video camera of journalists who had conducted an interview with two Olympians last month… more

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

BTC Franchises To Create 120 Jobs By Year-End

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said its franchise store roll-out will have created 100-120 jobs by year-end, with another three locations set to open by October… more

Grenada Exploring ICT Partnership With Trinidad and Tobago

Grenada – Grenada’s government is exploring the possibility of establishing an ICT partnership with Trinidad and Tobago… more

Digicel’s launches ‘best friend for free’ promotion

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider, Digicel today introduced a new offer that allows customers on their Gimme 5 and Brawta plans to connect with their best friends for free… more

Caribbean vulnerable to hackers- expert

Regional – The Caribbean is not immune to the recent global attacks on computer networks and systems by Internet hackers… more

On being young, gifted and techy

Trinidad & Tobago – It’s hard to get annoyed for long with the team at F1RST, a new technology startup that’s gambling big on creating a Caribbean Internet platform designed to lubricate the schedules of today’s connected limers… more

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Facebook turns down Barbados government’s request for info

Barbados – The international controversy over state surveillance and spying has reached Barbados… more

Technology experts to help defend Belize against internet attacks

Belize – The Caribbean is not immune to the recent global attacks on computer networks and systems by Internet hackers… more

Dominica flagBright future for Dominica mobile apps

Dominica – More than sixty young people from Dominica launched software applications delivering local content for government services, community news and agriculture alerts, as part of a historic Mobile App Development workshop in the island’s capital city, Roseau… more

Haiti – Technology : Launch of Network of Schools REPTICE

Haiti – Tuesday, the College of Côte Plage of Carrefour proceeded to the launch to the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL), of the Network of Schools of Program Information Technology, Communication and Energy (REPTICE)… more

Telecom licence auction moving again

Jamaica – ALREADY more than three months behind schedule, the Spectrum Management Authority hopes to take another step closer to the sale of two telecommunications licences next month… more

Lexmark Shifts Focus From Printers To Business Solutions

Puerto Rico – After more than a year of quietly reshuffling its Puerto Rico operation, Lexmark executives met with members of the media Thursday to outline future plans that call for a marked shift from being strictly known as a consumer-oriented, multi-functional printer maker to a solutions provider catering to a corporate market they say is leaning more toward adopting digital technologies… more

Thursday, 29 August 2013

BTC ‘Vehemently Denies’ Cable Portability Claim

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday renewed their verbal war, this time over who was to blame for the delay in introducing number portability to this nation… more

Detainees  ‘paid guards for cell phones, uniforms’

Bahamas – One of the Cuban detainees allegedly beaten by detention center guards back in May claimed when he was interviewed by investigators that detainees paid money to defence force guards to use their uniforms in a video they made reenacting the abuse, and paid the guards to provide cell phones with video recording capabilities… more

Cable Bahamas blasts BTC for delay in key liberalization step

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has blamed BTC for delays in the implementation of what it is calling a “cornerstone” of true liberalization of the telecoms market in this country, after URCA announced it is postponing number portability due to a lack of “operator readiness”… more

Taiwan donates Communication Equipment to Police

Belize – The government of Taiwan through the embassy in Belize handed over a mobile police station dubbed the Police Peace Caravan along with Radio Communication Equipment and Repeaters to the Police department… more

Telecoms Firms Lose Millions To Battery Theft At Cell Sites

Jamaica – There are fears that the mushrooming of private solar-energy solution systems may have triggered a spike in the theft of expensive batteries used at cell sites of the island’s telecommunications companies… more

“Caribbean Telecommunications Report Q3 2013″ Published

Regional – Our Q313 Caribbean report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments in the telecoms markets of 10 countries: Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago… more

Teachers & Students Get 1000 FREE Texts in Digicel’s “Back to School” Promotion

St. Kitts & Nevis – Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis is making it easier for students and teachers to keep in touch and start the new semester in style with its Back to School Promotion… more

Digicel business adds Pepsi

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

Put free laptop policy to the test

Trinidad & Tobago –  Now that the bill is in—$59 million—for delivery of the People’s Partnership campaign pledge to provide laptops to Form One pupils, a start should at least be made in evaluating the benefits… more

Technological change, media and business

Trinidad & Tobago – THERE are few commercial sectors that have experienced the kinds of fundamental impacts that new technologies have brought to the mass media… more

Friday, 30 August 2013 enters new phase with opening of training facility

Antigua & Barbuda – The training facility for the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) programme launched yesterday with reminders that it is part of a revolutionary move to transform communications – and, by extension, life – in Antigua & Barbuda… more

Government opens ICT Cadet Training Facility

Antigua & Barbuda –  The Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology on Thursday officially opened an ICT Cadet Training facility, which will be used to train hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans in ICT’s and New Media techniques… more

200 LIME workers on way out

Barbados – LIME has confirmed that 200 workers will go home next month as a result of a deal with global provider Ericsson that will see the Swedish company taking over some of the telecommunications company’s technical services…more

Caribbean ICT Road Show On Curaçao

Curaçao – Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BTP) , in cooperation with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will hold a Caribbean ICT Roadshow and an Internet Governance Forum from Monday 9 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013… more

CTEX Together With Its Partners Present The Business Case For Curaçao As The Region’s Newest Technology And Business Nexus

Columbia – Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), together with KPMG Meijburg & Co., the law firm of Van Eps Kunneman and the HBM Group met with senior executives from 50 of Colombia’s top Multinational corporations, the so called Multilatinas… more

LIME wins bid to host ministry’s e-mail service

Jamaica – LIME recently won a bid to manage the electronic mail platform of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, effective October 1, 2013… more

TVJ chairman steps down, pending outcome of investigation

Jamaica – Embattled chairman of the of the board of Television Jamaica Ltd. (TVJ), Milton Samuda, Friday temporary stepped down from his position pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he had engaged in censorship when he restricted the questions to be asked of two Olympians last month… more

CARICOM’s e-agriculture strategies

Regional – The Caribbean Community is transforming its agricultural sector into a competitive and sustainable system of agricultural production and services in which ICTs will play a vital role… more

Digicel Business Recognised by Cisco for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction in the Caribbean, Panama and El Salvador

Regional – Digicel Business announced today that it has achieved a Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star from Cisco. This designation recognises Digicel Business for delivering outstanding customer service to its customers across the Caribbean, Panama and El Salvador… more

Tim buys 3,300 extra laptops for St Lucia

Trinidad & Tobago – A total of 3,300 of the 21,500 Lenovo Thinkpad laptops bought by the People’s Partnership Government, at a cost of $58 million, will be shipped to St Lucia as part of a government-to-government Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday… more

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)URCA to Send Youth to ITU UN Meeting in Costa Rica

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) will sponsor two youth at the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU), BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit in San Jose, Costa Rica next month. Both are recent graduates of The College of The Bahamas… more

Social media used for crimes

Barbados – Social media is another avenue used to commit crime and police say it is a concern… more

What did Internet provider disclose?

Trinidad & Tobago – Attorney representing Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the controversial emailgate probe, Israel Khan SC, says he is anxious to know what information the Integrity Commission (IC) has received from an international electronic mail service provider regarding his client… more

Sunday, 1 September 2013

DBJ To Fund $9B In Business Opportunities – ICT Sector Targeted For Thousands Of Jobs

Jamaica – The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has targeted more than 6,000 potential jobs in the information communication and technology (ICT) sector for the financial year 2013-2014 and it aims to make available J$6.3 billion to facilitate an estimated J$9 billion in business activities… more

TopUp in the US and get big savings with LIME

Regional – With back-to-school upon us, topping up cell phones for students, parents and teachers alike has just been made a lot easier and cheaper for family, friends and colleagues of LIME customers living in the USA… more


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