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Roundup: for the week ending 22 September 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 16 September to Sunday 22 September 2013.

News by Salvatore Vuono (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)Monday, 16 September 2013

BTC payouts questioned

Bahamas – Millions of dollars were paid to former Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) employees under questionable circumstances, according to businessman Franklyn Wilson, who heads the committee appointed to negotiate the government’s planned take back of a majority interest in the firm… more

LIME moves Caribsurf mail accounts

Barbados – LIME successfully migrated the message content of its Caribsurf customers over to the Google Apps mail service. Some customers experienced difficulties while the migration was still being completed but all issues should now be resolved… more

Digicel Business introduces new cloud solutions portfolio

Jamaica – As the region’s leading full service business solutions partner, Digicel Business is excited to announce its new Cloud Solutions portfolio, featuring the latest suite of cloud solutions to drive business advantage… more

CARCIP to hold meetings in St Lucia, St Vincent

Regional – The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) is today starting a series of meetings to address Internet traffic routing inefficiencies in the eastern Caribbean… more

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Companies: New technology to boost Internet speeds

Cayman Islands – Consumers can soon expect faster Internet service thanks to new technology being introduced by service providers in Grand Cayman… more

Caribbean Stakeholders Discuss Tech Innovation, Internet Governance

Curaçao Commercial space travel could come to Curacao as early as 2014. Curacao Airport Holding Managing Director Maurice Adriaens announced the projected launch date for the ambitious project, during his presentation at the Caribbean ICT Roadshow, which took place at the Curacao World Trade Centre from September 9 to 10… more

Montserrat to present on use of ICT in Disaster Management at UN ECLAC workshop

Montserrat – Montserrat is to present a case study on how Information Communication Technology (ICT) is being used on island in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) situations at the ICT for DRM workshop taking place in Trinidad & Tobago this week… more

KaribCable employees voted in favour of NWU

St. Lucia – Technicians and linesmen employed with Karib Cable participated in a secret ballot poll on Thursday, September 12, 2013. About eighty percent (80%) of the employees voted in favour of having their interest protected by the National Workers Union (NWU)… more

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Evans condemns reported questionable BTC payouts

Bahamas – The reported decision to pay millions of dollars to former employees at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) under questionable circumstances was an “utter disgrace,” President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Bernard Evans said yesterday… more

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HaitiHaiti – Diaspora : Hadem is involved in the technological development of Haiti

Haiti – On Tuesday, the organization “Haiti of Today and Tomorrow” (Haiti Aujourd’hui et Demain) (Hadem), whose leaders areevolving in the Diaspora, announced in the premises of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE), a program of setting up computer labs in Haitian schools to the benefit of students and their communities… more

ICT vital to regional disaster response: experts

Regional – Representatives of five Caribbean countries are this week gathering in Port-of-Spain to discuss disaster risk management (DRM) strategies for the entire region… more

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Island Outsourcers Restructures Operations and Expands into Bahamas

Bahamas – Jamaican BPO firm Island Outsourcers has announced plans to split into two independent companies as part of a restructuring program aimed at accommodating new services in its portfolio… more

Internet cable repair begins tomorrow

Cayman Islands – Engineering work begins tomorrow to fix the main line providing internet service to the Cayman Islands. This comes after a major failure in July caused chaos for all local communications providers… more

Haiti – Technology : 105 km of Fiber Optics in the South

Haiti – Spain’s Grupo Ezentis strengthens its position in Haiti since it has been awarded with a new contract for the deployment of 105 km underground optical fiber in the South of the country, for a total amount of $3.9 million… more

USD62m collected from telcos for school fund, but still not allocated

Haiti – Haiti’s National Council of Telecommunications (Conatel) has reported that between 15 June 2011 to 2 September 2013 a total of USD62.358 million was collected for the National Fund for Education (FNE), from telecoms operators via the tax on incoming international calls (USD0.005 per call terminated)… more

Broadband continues to show great promise

Trinidad & Tobago – According to the International Telecommunications Union, the percent of the world population using the Internet grew by over three percent in the first quarter of 2013… more

Friday, 20 September 2013

Cable Bahamas secures $135 million financing for next stage of strategic growth

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas Ltd. announced today that it has successfully completed a USD $135 Million refinancing of its Senior Credit Facility… more

http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/news/993437/CWC Seeks ‘Particular’ Terms Over BTC Talks

Bahamas – PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday indicated that the Government would likely reject terms sought by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) for it to give up majority equity ownership in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), adding that talks between the two sides were in the final stages… more

PM rejects BTC offer

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed yesterday that he has formally rejected a proposal from Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) CEO Tony Rice outlining the conditions under which the company would return two percent of shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to the government… more

Changes on the air at Cayman 27

Cayman Islands – Changes are in the air – and on the air – at Cayman 27.  On Sept. 22 viewers will notice a new look and feel… more

LIME: Cable ship to fix communications fault

Cayman Islands – A cable ship will begin a delicate repair job Friday, Sept. 20, to fix a fault along the Cayman Islands’ primary communications link, the Maya-1 cable… more

Bureau of Women’s Affairs to host ICT training for women

Jamaica – The Bureau of Women’s Affairs, in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), will host women to two days of key learnings in the virtual economy this weekend… more

LIME Shareholders Face Long Wait For Dividends

Jamaica – THE LAST time share-holders of Cable and Wireless Jamaica (C&WJ) received any dividend payment was in 2008, and it seems as if they have a lot more waiting to do before they receive their next cheque… more

CXC and Flow sign MOU

Regional – Teachers and students in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean, will now be able to access all Caribbean Examination Council’s syllabi from the comfort of their classrooms or homes… more

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Better response time when conducting business at Intellectual Property Office

Barbados – Cabinet recently approved amendments to the Companies Act and the Evidence Act to allow for the Corporate Affairs, Intellectual Property Office to do more transactions electronically… more

LIME to lay off at least a dozen workers

British Virgin Islands – BVI News Online has confirmed that LIME BVI will soon make at least a dozen positions redundant as it turns over its technical operations to another company whose name is yet to be disclosed to the press… more

Digicel Jamaica hands out smartphones at Reggae Sumfest

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica has launched a campaign for Reggae Sumfest patrons participating at the music festival in Catherine Hall… more

LIME claims 140,000 new mobile customers in 100 days

Jamaica – LIME says it added nearly 140,000 new prepaid mobile subscribers in Jamaica over the 100 days after launching its flat rate of $2.99 per minute for all prepaid calls to domestic and select international numbers, billed per second… more

Phone, Water Absence Hampers Business In Mile Gully

Jamaica – THE GROWTH of Mile Gully, Manchester, has been greatly hampered due to the lack of running water and telephone lines… more

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrinidadDesist from cyber-bullying

Trinidad & Tobago – President Anthony Carmona has urged university students to desist from cyber-bullying by using social media on the internet to harass or degrade persons with whom they have a dispute, but to use information communication technology (ICT) a tool which will make their studies pleasant and productive… more

Cybercrime, marital rape bills pass committee toward full Senate

US Virgin Islands – The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee breezed through the voting process on 11 bills Friday afternoon. Most of the bills were forwarded from the Public Safety, Homeland Security and Justice Committee and are intended to make the territory safer… more

Sunday, 22 September 2013

eMedia to invest $31.3 million in original content for Flow TV

Jamaica – EMEDIA Interactive projects will invest $31.3 million over the next eighteen months to distribute more than fifteen original programmes — a collection of series that will consist of eight to 13 episodes each — through Flow TV… more

Island Outsourcers expands to Grand Bahama

Jamaica – Island Outsourcers, along with sister brand itelBPO Solutions, will in November begin to manage The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism call centre operation in Freeport, Grand Bahama… more

Wireless broadband use up but Caribbean and least developed countries left behind

Regional – With nearly two out of every five people in the world online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries, including the Caribbean, will not have access to the Internet, says the United Nations in a global survey of broadband access… more

Former Industrial Court judge joins TSTT

Trinidad & Tobago – Harigobin Jhinkoo has been appointed executive vice president–human resources at TSTT. Prior to joining the telecommunications company, Jhinkoo served as a judge in the Industrial Court and comes to TSTT with more than 20 years of experience as an HR practitioner in the energy, skills development and financial services industries… more

Richardson: I have faith in the process

Trinidad & Tobago – “I have done all I can,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and lead investigator in the four-month-old Emailgate probe Mervyn Richardson said yesterday… more

 

Image credits:  Salvatore Vuono (FreeDigitalPhotos.net);  Haiti;  Marketing Magazine;  Wikipedia

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About the author

Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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