Roundup: for the week ending 13 October 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 7 October to Sunday 13 October 2013.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Barbados No. 1 in ICT in Caribbean

Barbados – Barbados is ranked No 1 in the Caribbean when it comes to information and communication technology (ICT) development for 2012 to 2013… more

More persons being charged for cybercrime

Jamaica – THE Organised Crime and Investigation Division (OCID) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has charged 43 persons with various offences under the Cybercrimes Act since 2010… more

CKLN ICT Workshop to Strengthen Collaboration Plans For CARICOM Agencies

Regional – Representatives from CARICOM agencies will meet at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados on October 10-11, 2013 for a workshop hosted by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN… more

ICTs a way towards a success future in agriculture

Regional – The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within the agriculture industry is a tool for changing the agricultural sector in the Caribbean… more

Tech Problem Of The Week – Explorer Continues To Crash

Regional – Why you need to know. Explorer can crash at any time and, often times, it will crash over and over again, interrupting work flow or even navigating the computer’s system… more

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

CWC to Launch 4G LTE In Bahamas

Bahamas – Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC) will launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile data services later this year as part of its Christmas marketing campaign in The Bahamas… more

Experts say cyber bullying growing in Cayman

Cayman Islands – As the country marks its first ever Bullying Awareness Month, local experts said that there is more to bullying than “just kids being kids” and the problem of cyber bullying here in the Cayman Islands is increasing… more

The e-Development of the Caribbean: Opportunities in other e-Services

Regional – There are endless possibilities with the use of ICTs in the various organizations that exist in our society – a quick look at the developed world will show how ICTs are used in the police force, hospitals, penal system and so on. Many of these e-Services are relatively new, and are not necessarily urgent for the Caribbean, but are likely to become increasingly important over the next decade or so… more

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Gambling On Caribbean Technology Development; Lessons From Antigua And Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda – The tiny eastern Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda is taking a new, bold gamble on information and communications technology… more

BTC: Mobile Data To ‘Double In 12 Months’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is projecting that mobile data demand will “double within the next year”, as it prepares to invest $17 million this financial year to pave the way for its latest cellular technology… more

BTL proposes higher dividend payment

Belize – The directors of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) proposed a dividend payment of USD 0.12 per share, slightly higher than last year, although profits declined… more – Technology : Modernization of work of academic inspectors

Haiti – Now, inspectors will move from paper to advanced technology. Works that could take up to a week, will now be made in less than 30 minutes because, indeed, the Ministry of National Education has recently proceeded, during a training session, to the distribution of 80 tablets, which will become the main tool for inspectors… more

$750,000 phone bill lands businessman in hot water

Jamaica – A businessman who reportedly tendered two fraudulent cheques to pay a $750,000 telephone bill he owed telecommunications company LIME was offered bail in the sum of $400,000 when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday… more

ICD Group Enters Call Centre Market

Jamaica – ICD Group Limited has acquired 50 per cent of the equity of Advantage Communications Inc (ACI), an established business process outsourcer based in Canada… more

Parliament approves recommendations for harsher penalties for cybercrimes

Jamaica – Parliament on Tuesday approved a report presented by the Joint Select Committee which reviewed the Cyber Crime Act. The recommendations, among other things, include changes to the Act… more

ICT workshop to strengthen collaboration plans for CARICOM agencies

Regional – Representatives from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agencies will meet at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados on October 10-11, 2013, for a workshop hosted by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, CKLN… more

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cable Bahamas takes URCA to court

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has launched a judicial review action against the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) over its decision to deny the cable television, Internet and phone service provider the right to increase its cable service prices by close to 30 percent, Guardian Business can confirm… more

Cyber Crime Act to address online porn-related material

Dominica – Superintendent of police, Cuffy Williams, has said that a Cyber Crime Act will be passed in Parliament during the month of November… more

Flag_of_Sint_MaartenTelEm Group technicians restore damaged telephone lines in Simpson Bay

St. Maarten – TelEm Group technicians have completely restored telephone lines to residential and business clients in the Simpson Bay area and are now appealing to customers who are still experiencing problems with landline and internet connections… more

Friday, 11 October 2013

Antigua Launches Training For Mobile App Development

Antigua & Barbuda – Antigua and Barbuda’s recently-opened ICT Cadet Training Facility recently held its first training workshop on the development of mobile apps… more

BTC Offers 50% Price Cut For Vibe Migration

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) says its move to end the monthly Vibe package flat rate for unlimited calls is designed to drive customers to the “almost 50 per cent cheaper” prices offered by its newly-launched Home Phone Plus package… more

Digicel Drives Best Value For Roamers

Grenada – Digicel, Grenada’s best value mobile operator has dispensed with roaming charges across its Caribbean markets, effective October 1st, 2013… more

Digicel customers can opt out of mobile advertising

Guyana – Dear Editor, In response to a letter dated October 9 titled ‘Unsolicited advertisements on Digicel phones an annoyance’, please note that we have contacted our customer Mr Sheldon A McDonald and amicably resolved the matter… more

GT&T adds GWI to mobile bill payment platform

Guyana – Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), the country’s supplier of water and sanitation services, has joined GT&T’s Mobile Money platform. GT&T’s Mobile Money service users can now pay their GWI bills directly from their mobile phones… more

LIME launches new business bundle packages

Jamaica – Telecoms provider LIME has launched three new bundled packages that will provide ADSL (Internet), fixed line local and international minutes as well as voice services for as low as $5,570 per month, the company has announced… more

Shape up or else! – Broadcasting Commission warns media

Jamaica – Professor Hopeton Dunn, Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, has again called for broadcast media to uphold the highest standard in their output, and has signalled that his agency will intervene if necessary… more

Blue Skies Ahead for Digicel Customers

St. Kitts & Nevis – Digicel, the best value mobile operator, has dispensed with traditional roaming charges across its Caribbean/US markets, it was announced today… more

BTP-SXM publishes LTE consultation

St Maarten – The Bureau of Telecommunication and Post of Sint Maarten (BTP-SXM) has published a consultation document regarding the use of spectrum for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the Caribbean nation… more

TCI welcomes big cut in roaming service rates

Turks & Caicos Islands – DIGICEL boss in the Turks and Caicos Islands, E Jay Saunders said customers in the island chain could save over 50 per cent on roaming services, following a big chop in rates announced last week by the telecommunications giant… more

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Barbados flagThe chilling consequence of broadband Internet

Barbados – I read a lot of news stories and articles on a weekly basis from the international press on a myriad of topics, ranging from the latest cameras and lenses to the damage being done to young minds by easy access to online pornography. Ah, the power of the Internet. It’s neither good nor evil, it just needs to be monitored… like everything else… more

No bids in 700 MHz auction, Paulwell disappointed

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell has expressed his disappointment at the results of the 700 MHz auction, which was conducted by the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) and which ended yesterday… more

“Roam Like You’re Home” Brings Added Value To Digicel Customers Roaming In The Caribbean

Regional – Postpaid and prepaid customers from the region’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel, will begin benefitting from the best roaming value plan announced to date in the Caribbean… more

Sunday, 13 October 2013

No takers for 700 megahertz band licences

Jamaica – The Government is now trying to determine the way forward after no bids were received for the sale of licences for use of the 700 megahertz band… more

Stop wasting time counting social media fans and followers!

Jamaica – WHENEVER the conversation comes up about a company’s social media programme the benchmark for success is usually measured in how many Likes or Followers it has in the social media universe. Quite frankly, you are wasting time doing social media marketing if that’s your only measure of success… more


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