Roundup: for the week ending 27 October 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 21 October to Sunday 27 October 2013.

Monday, 21 October 2013

ATM users warned to look for tampering

Antigua & Barbuda – An IT professional with Global Processing Centre Limited is telling users of ATMs what to look for to avoid thieves getting hold of their card information… more

New boss at LIME

Barbados – There is a new man at the helm of LIME in Barbados. The telecommunications provider says Oliver Chatten comes to LIME with a proven track record of success in the mobile telecommunications industry,.. more

LIME connects first TV customer in Cayman Brac

Cayman Islands – With the recent launch of LIME TV in Cayman Brac, the company has connected its first customer, Tamara Thompson-Loten… more

Technology minister urges international collaboration to fight cyber crimes

Jamaica – State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cyber crimes… more

Columbus International Inc. Selects Calix E7 to Deliver Advanced Fiber Services in the Caribbean

Regional – Calix, Inc. today announced that Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), a leading telecommunications provider in the Caribbean and Latin America regions, has selected the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs) and 836GE Residential Services Gateways (RSGs) to expand its fiber initiatives in the region… more

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Global Collaboration to Reduce Cybercrimes Urged

Jamaica – State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cybercrimes… more

Cloud Capital Group Brings Advanced Mobile Security Features To The Caribbean With Airwatch’s Enterprise Mobility Management Solutions

Regional – Cloud Capital Group (CCG), the Caribbean’s trusted advisor and a leading provider of mobility solutions, today announced its partnership with AirWatch®, the global leader and innovator in mobile security and the largest Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider… more

Unified Video Technologies CTO Ariel Matzkin To Lead Caribbean Broadcasting Union Workshop

Regional Unified Video Technologies (UNIV), specialists in developing, integrating and operating complete high-performance media and broadcast ecosystems for broadcasters and enterprises, announced today that Ariel Matzkin, CTO of UNIV, is leading a two-day workshop for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), a private event to be held at the Blue Horizon Hotel in Barbados on October 24-25, 2013… more

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 Confirms Part-Time Worker Cutbacks

Bahamas – THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company yesterday confirmed it has downsized the number of temporary part-time workers at flagship stores… more

BTC workers ‘on edge’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) decision to end its arrangement with a group of temporary part-time workers has left some full-time employees worried that they might be next, according to President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Bernard Evans… more

Cops widen techie spying net

Cayman Islands – According to a leaked memo, which was sent by the Information and Communications Technology Authority’s director to local telecommunications firms, government authorities are planning to widen their spying net and wire taps to include all kinds of electronic information… more

LIME unveils investments in updated infrastructure

Cayman Islands – Telecommunications company LIME is in the process of upgrading its mobile network to introduce 4G LTE services, the fastest available mobile data technology, before the end of the year… more

Parliament to review Electronic Funds Transfer Act

Dominica – The Fourth meeting of the Fourth Session of the Eighth  Parliament  under  the  Commonwealth  of  Dominica  Constitution,  gets  underway  today Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 10:00 am at the House of Assembly on Victoria Street… more

BlackBerry boasts best private social network for Jamaica, region

Regional – Blackblerry in re-releasing its messenger service (BBM) across rival mobile platforms this week indicated that its the “best” social-network for Jamaica and the region… more

Interference issues continuing to plague Telcell mobile network

St. Maarten – TelEm Group mobile provider, TelCell, has announced plans to install three new cell sites on the Dutch side of the island to improve signal quality for residential and business customers… more

Thursday, 24 October 2013

BTC Teams With Dunkin’ On Social Media Promo

Bahamas – Dunkin’ Donuts and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) have launched a social media Foursquare promotion… more

Hoteliers Get A Look At Digicel Business’ Product Range

Barbados – Digicel Business is continuing to get the word out there about its full suite of business solutions, recently showcasing products and services at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) 3rd Quarterly General meeting… more

Cayman ups the ante on wire-tapping

Cayman Islands – A leaked email, authored by David Archbold, Managing Director of the Information & Communications Technology Authority, which entered the public domain this past week, has put the issue of wire tapping front and centre of discussions in the Cayman Islands… more

Governor: ‘Controls in place’ for wiretapping

Cayman Islands – Keen to quell public concern about plans for a system of secret police wiretaps, Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick said Wednesday that she was comfortable with the legislation that created the system… more

LIME to launch 4G services in Cayman Islands this year

Cayman Islands – Mobile operator Lime is upgrading its mobile network in the Cayman Islands to launch LTE services by Christmas, CayCompass reports, citing Lime Cayman CEO Bill McCabe during a press conference Tuesday… more

Police: Cellphone driving, seat belt tickets up

Cayman Islands – Nearly 1,000 tickets were issued in the first nine months of this year for cellphone driving offenses, according to traffic enforcement statistics released earlier this month by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service… more

Cable and Wireless Communications Plc : CWC wins Jamaica email contract 24 October, 2013

Jamaica – Cable & Wireless Communications has been chosen to supply email services for Jamaica’s
technology ministry… more

Caribbean Voices to Be Heard at UN Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia

Regional – More than 1,500 delegates have convened in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, to examine global cyber-issues such as online surveillance, privacy and human rights at the United Nations’ eighth international Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Internet stakeholders from T&T, Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia and other Caribbean territories are attending or participating virtually via remote hubs across the region… more

Dominica to host 28th meeting of ECTEL’S Council of Ministers

Regional – The Council of Ministers of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) will hold its twenty-eighth (28th) regular Meeting in Dominica from Thursday October 24th to Friday October 25th 2013 at the Rejens Hotel in the northern town of Portsmouth… more

Friday, 25 October 2013

Don’t Overlook Dangers Of Cybercrime

Jamaica – The advent of the Internet, along with cross-network services, has impacted the way we communicate, socialise and do business. As private organisations and government entities move to take advantage of the opportunities it provides, they need to be aware of the negative effects this poses to their businesses and customers, including the economic cost associated with incidences of cybercrime… more

JCUES Mobile Model Draws International Attention

Jamaica – Centralised Strategic Services Limited (CSS) is now offering its management advice regionally to credit unions and others, and expects to earn some US$900,000 (J$9.5m) in consultancy fees from its first year of operation, according to Managing Director Heston Hutton… more

LIME to introduce Google Apps mail service

Jamaica – LIME has announced the introduction of Google Apps mail service to its Internet customers with LIME e-mail accounts… more

Great Rewards for Digicel Postpaid Customers

St. Kitts & Nevis – Digicel Postpaid customers appear to be having all the fun with winning tons of cash each month. Digicel St. Kitts & Nevis continues to reward contract customers who pay their Digicel bill in full on time… more

NTRC continues to assist The Maritime Community

St. Vincent & the Grenadines – In an effort to ensure the continuing safety and survival of local fishermen, pleasure boat owners and the itinerant yachting community who may be in distress or difficulty, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) has placed several VHF marine radios at select locations to ensure the safety … more

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Massive Crowd Attends E-Tablet Consultation And Registration

Antigua & Barbuda – On Thursday, hundreds of students from public and private secondary schools in Antigua attended an information session on the e- Education Computer Tablets and e-Education Connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE)… more

Major Telecommunications Milestone for BTC

Bahamas – BTC’s cellular customers on New Providence are one step closer to enjoying super-fast Long Term Evolution (LTE) this Christmas as a result of the very first LTE data call – commonly referred to as an “Internet download” – on the BTC network early this morning… more

CARICOM agencies energised to use C@ribNET for collaboration

Regional – Representatives from over 20 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agencies generated 17 communities of practice when they met 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

Region urged to pull together to protect online data

Regional – Regional Governments have been told to heighten online security measures due to increasing attacks by cybercriminals… more

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sharewave promises cheaper PBX for small businesses

Jamaica – SHAREWAVE Technologies says its hosted PBX will cut communication costs for businesses even further… more

Visit to Sweden opens investment opportunities

Trinidad & Tobago – In his capacity as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to four Nordic countries, Garvin Nicholas recently made an official visit to Sweden where he discussed the latest advances in technology and opportunities for commerce with several business heads… more focuses on new tech at global showcase

Trinidad & Tobago – The new school year is well underway at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, and as part of its mission to prepare students for work and life, the university recently held its Global Technology Showcase (GTS)… more


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