Roundup: for the week ending 20 October 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 14 October to Sunday 20 October 2013.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Digicel launches Be Extraordinary brand platform in Barbados

Barbados – Digicel has launched its ‘Be Extraordinary’ brand platform in Barbados… more

Serious Business: Cyber security: Be aware, be proactive

Barbados – THE agricultural revolution, which took place in the 18th and 19th centuries, was a period of agricultural development which saw a massive and rapid increase in agricultural productivity and vast improvements in farm technology. Farming and farm machinery have continued to evolve… more

Belize focuses on securing computer networks

Belize – Over 100 computer networking specialists and enthusiasts gathered in Belize City, Belize for the sixth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG)… more

BTP Of Curacao Overhauls Number Range For Regional Telcos

Curaçao – According to the most recent operational bulletin published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Bureau of Telecommunications and Post (BTP) of Curacao has deactivated certain number ranges belonging to Saba-based Satel and Bonaire-based Telbo… more

St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia Look to Improve Local Internet

Regional – The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), together with US-based research firm Packet Clearing House (PCH), is working with officials in St Lucia and in St Vincent and the Grenadines to improve the countries’ Internet infrastructure… more

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Antigua and Barbuda invests in mobile economy

Antigua & Barbuda – The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has partnered with BrightPath Foundation, a non-profit organisation specialising in technology training, to host a Mobile App Development Workshop at the new Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) ICT Cadet Training Facility in St John’s… more

ITU Expert Level Workshop Begins In Antigua

Antigua & Barbuda – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Monday commenced a four day workshop on Expert-Level Training on Regulatory Accounting and Cost Modeling in a Broadband Environment for National Regulatory Authorities and Operators… more

Caribbean Court of Justice Hears Application From Government of Belize

Belize – This morning the Caribbean Court of Justice heard an application by the Government of Belize to discharge a conservatory order it had issued in December of 2012 restraining the payment of dividends by Belize Telemedia Ltd, BTL… more

Bell cuts mobile roaming prices for Bermuda and Caribbean islands

Regional – Bell today announced significant reductions in mobile data, voice and text roaming rates for Bermuda and most Caribbean islands, and double the Internet access in its popular data travel add-on… more

Region urged to explore green technology

Regional – The Caribbean needs to improve collaboration to promote the use of green technology in the region, according to Organization of American States Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin… more

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Libraries must utilise new technology

Barbados – LIBRARIES must incorporate the use of technology into the services that they provide to the public… more’s constant messages to customers to have credit topped up from overseas are offensive

GuyanaDear Editor, We are impressed by Digicel’s swift response to customer complaints against unsolicited text messages. Now I wish to complain against the same company’s constant texts and notifications urging customers to have their credit topped up from overseas… more

Telephone, internet disruptions on Essequibo Coast

GuyanaDear Editor, For the past two days I am experiencing difficulties from GT&T with my telephone and internet services on the Essequibo Coast… more

Monitor your web space

Regional – THOSE of us, who use the Internet or need it badly, like I do, as I am in the information technology field, must monitor what we have on the Web… more

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Use technology to transform children’s lives

Barbados – Technology must be used to transform the lives of children in the learning environment… more

GOB gets $12M in Dividends from BTL

Belize – The Belize Telemedia Limited declared dividends in the sum of $11,889,000 for the year ended March 2012 and $12,388,000 for the year ended March 2013… more

Hackers target Cayman bank accounts

Cayman Islands – The Financial Crime Unit is investigating a new email fraud involving Cayman Islands banks… more

Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force to get a new chief

Jamaica – The Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force is to get a new chief… more

Gov’t Seeks Assistance from South Korea in Strengthening Cyber Security

Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica is taking further steps to strengthen its cyber security capabilities and is seeking the help of its South Korea counterpart in the process… more

Paulwell to attend ITU Advisory Board Meeting in Switzerland

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell today (October 17) travels to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the inaugural meeting of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) Advisory Board, where he will sit as a founding member… more

New Cable and Wireless head takes office January 2014

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC), the parent company of LIME, Thursday announced the appointment of Phil Bentley as chief executive officer, succeeding Tony Rice, with effect from January 1, 2014… more

Tony Rice stepping down as CEO of CWC

Regional –Tony Rice will be stepping down as chief executive officer of the British-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), parent company of LIME, the company announced today… more

Friday, 18 October 2013

Digicel Antigua and Barbuda starts international call promo

Antigua & Barbuda – Digicel Antigua and Barbuda has launched an international voice call promotion dubbed ‘Half Price Sundays’… more talks in limbo

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie said last night the announcement by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) that its CEO Tony Rice has resigned could halt the government’s negotiations with CWC to reacquire two percent of the firm’s shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

PM: Negotiations May Have Played Role In Cable & Wireless CEO’s Resignation

Bahamas – PRIME Minister Perry Christie has suggested that negotiations between the Government and BTC’s parent company Cable and Wireless Communications over shares could have played a role in CWC’s CEO tendering his resignation… more

Education Minister: Transform Children’s Lives Through Technology

Barbados – Technology in schools should be used to transform the learning styles of children, so that work written, researched or presented “becomes extremely real to them”… more

A currency for the future

Cayman Islands – With the revolution of the Internet, Bit currency is here to stay and the Cayman monetary authority should start exploring this possibility… more

Email hackers raid Cayman bank accounts

Cayman Islands – Computer hackers have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from Cayman Islands bank accounts over the past few months in a sophisticated international scam… more

10 credit unions log on to e-payment services platform

Jamaica – JAMAICA Co-operative Credit Union League (JCCUL) has announced that 10 credit unions across the island have so far signed up to its e-payment services platform, JCUES… more

Data is the real asset of business

Jamaica – DATA is the most valuable asset to any business, according to Daniel Rossignol, Director of Global Alliances and Partnerships at Geminare Incorporated… more

Flow introduces locally produced weekend programmes

Jamaica – A new partnership between Flow operators Columbus Communications and eMedia Interactive will introduce a slate of original, locally produced programmes to Flow TV starting October 25… more

Microsoft Launches 2nd It Academy With Heart Trust

Jamaica – Multinational software corporation Microsoft has embarked on a mission to make its technology more accessible to Jamaican students through its information technology (IT) academies… more

Participation of region’s women lags behind men in digital economy

Regional – IN several Latin American and Caribbean countries, women equal men in terms of Internet access, but are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to using it… more

Lojack Donates Computer Recovery Software To SKN

St. Kitts & Nevis – CoP Walwyn says Lojack has already caught laptop thieves… more

LIME commits to Georgetown residents

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Telecommunications provider LIME rolled into Georgetown last weekend, Saturday, where it hosted its third Town Hall Meeting… more

Saturday, 19 October 2013

FNM: PM should finally give up BTC take back

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie should move on and let go of his promise to regain majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash said yesterday… more

CTEX Is Recognized At The IX Encuentro Iberamericano Conference In Panama As One Of The Most Innovative New Companies In Latin America

Curaçao – Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), made a big entry into Latin America… more

Computer giant hosts seminar for IT students

Guyana – Information Technology students from New Amsterdam Multilateral School were treated to an informative session as computer giant STARR Computer recently hosted 65 Fourth and Fifth form students who were given a tour of the Samsung Experience Centre, Technical Department and Renewable Energy Installation… more

Two cable TV operators among nine licensed broadcasters

Guyana – Nine licences, including two each for cable TV and radios, were yesterday distributed by Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA)… more

Flow, eMedia Bring ‘Weekend Prime’

Jamaica – Local television gets an injection of brand new shows to entertain and inform viewers beginning next Saturday when a new slate of local productions comes to TV screens… more

Flag_of_Sint_MaartenAgreement on fibre optic cable to Statia and Saba

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economics, Transport and Telecommunications Ted Richardson and Director of Government Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN Sybren van Dam have reached an agreement to make a fibre optic cable connection from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius and Saba… more

TATT opens office in Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago – On October 16, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) opened its office in Tobago as part of the company’s continued geographic expansion to increase its country-wide presence… more

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Customs Squeezes Scammers – Sharp Dip In Seizures Of Lottery Scam-Related Items

Jamaica – The Jamaica Customs Agency is reporting victory in its fight against smugglers of items linked to cybercrimes and the infamous lottery scam… more

Jamaica: growing to full broadband penetration

Jamaica – Achieving 100 per cent broadband penetration in Jamaica stands to yield significant economic gains… more

Jamaica signs on to ‘Seoul Framework’ to combat cyber crime

Jamaica – Jamaica is among 87 countries which have endorsed the newly formulated ‘Seoul Framework’, which seeks to strengthen global collaboration in efforts to combat cyber-crimes… more


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