Roundup: for the week ending 6 October 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October 2013.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Digicel Antigua & Barbuda stars promo for new Smartplan subs

Antigua & Barbuda – Digicel Antigua & Barbuda has launched a promotion dubbed ‘Win a vacation from paying your mobile bill’… more

Latin America And The Caribbean’s Most Advanced Tier-IV Datacenter Enters Final Commissioning Phase

Curacao – Somewhere deep in the Southwest Caribbean, right in front of the Latin America coastline, the world’s newest and most advanced datacenter enters final commissioning. Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), together with Schneider Electric, CISCO Systems and others for close to two years has pursued one of the most ambitious technology projects in Latin America and the Caribbean… more

TWC Adds Dominican Republic to Penny Plan

Dominican Republic – Tim Warner Cable has added the Dominican Republic to a Global Penny Phone Plan that offers rates as low as a penny-per-minute to more than 40 countries and “competitive international rates” for more than 200 countries… more

50 Persons Charged Under Lotto Legislation

Jamaica – Some 50 persons have already been charged under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, which was passed in Parliament less than six months ago… more

Bunting pleased with cybercrime fight

Jamaica – National Security Minister Peter Bunting says he is encouraged by the attention that local stakeholders are placing on the fight against cybercrime… more

Financial Institutions Support Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Conference

Jamaica – Banks, cambios and other financial institutions are showing keen interest in the two-day conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, scheduled to begin at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus on September 30… more

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

BTC Underwater Cable Repairs Hamper Connectivity in Northern Bahamas, Particularly Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros and Bimini

Bahamas – BTC has advised that landline, internet and cellular services are patchy at best in the Northern Bahamas due to the ongoing repairs to the badly damaged Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network International Cable (II/BDSNi)… more

Maya-1 has more problems

Cayman Islands – It looks like the country’s main Internet and telecoms line will power down once again… more

Grenada’s Community Centres to become Focal Points for eCommerce through Flow Grenada and BrightPath Initiative

Grenada – Flow Grenada and their strategic partner BrightPath Foundation are taking another step to empower and enable Grenadians to become business owners and content creators… more

Cybercrime crime remains a challenge to law enforcers – Bunting

Jamaica – Data show the authorities have been investigating a large number of bank card fraud cases since the start of the year. The Cybercrime Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Monday disclosed that there have been 88 cases of third-party debit and credit card fraud since January… more

Falmouth ICT Centre Positively Impacting Lives

Jamaica – In another two weeks scores of young people in Trelawny, will benefit from the introduction of a computer training programme at the Falmouth ICT Youth Empowerment Computer Access Centre… more

Government Taking Steps to Mitigate Threat of Cyber Crimes

Jamaica – The Government is proactively putting measures in place to mitigate the global threat of cyber crimes in the island, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, has said… more cuts landline to mobile rate

Jamaica – Starting Tuesday, October 1, customers of telecommunications company LIME will pay less to make a telephone call from their landline to mobile phones… more

LIME reconnects St. Ann customers following repeat cable theft

Jamaica – Following the restoration of service to customers in Seville Heights and Priory, St. Ann on Saturday due to repeat incidents of cable theft, telecommunications firm, LIME, is welcoming increased vigilance by the Police that will, hopefully, bring an end to the problem… more

LIME targets businesses through bundled packages

Jamaica – Telecoms company LIME has launched three bundles packages — Business Basic, Business Ideal and Business Pro — targeting businesses with ADSL Internet, fixed line local and international minutes and voice services… more

Supporting The Regional Internet Economy

Regional – Failing to convert brilliant business ideas to real returns is costing online entrepreneurs big time. That’s why in the Caribbean, stakeholders are starting to pay close attention to external factors impacting their bottom line… more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear comes to TT

Trinidad & Tobago – The launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear, the newest Galaxy Products coming out of Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd in Gangnum, Korea, took place at the Aria Lounge in Woodbrook before specially invited guests and stakeholders on Thursday… more

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

BTC Blames ‘Pigeon Hunters’ For Disruption

Bahamas – THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company is blaming the disruption of its services in Andros on “gun shooting pigeon hunters”… more

TRC to tackle high Internet prices

British Virgin Islands – The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has designated LIME BVI as the dominant Internet service provider in the territory, paving the way for possible regulation that the TRC claims could ultimately lower costs for consumers… more

Only one cybercrime prosecution in three years

Jamaica – A joint select committee of Parliament, which had been reviewing Jamaica’s Cybercimes Act, says it is concerned that three years after the Act has been promulgated there has only been one prosecution… more

Pocket stapling practice ‘draconian’, says call centre operators group

Jamaica – The group that represent call centre operators has sought to distance its members from the practice of stapling the pockets of employees… more

Reasons to hate social media

Jamaica – It is true that even today not many people have taken to social media. Some are not fond of it and there are friends who downright hate it. Many of us think that it is a fad that will disappear like bell-bottom or stone-washed jeans… more

Digicel enters renewable energy partnership

Regional – Digicel and NRG Energy, Inc. have announced a partnership to acquire, construct and operate renewable energy projects under development in the Caribbean. Both companies aim to own these projects for their lifetime… more

Thursday, 3 October 2013

BTC Restores Northern Bahamas Services After Disruption

Bahamas – THE Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has restored its landline, internet and cellular services to the Northern Bahamas and to the Mars Bay area of South Andros… more

URCA ‘Close’ Over Number Portability

Bahamas ­‑ The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday said it expects to make an announcement on number portability’s launch within a few days, telling Tribune Business: “We’re close”… more

Grenada flag100Mbps Internet comes to Grenada

Grenada – Grenada has become one of the five Caribbean nations now offering up to 100Mbps (Megabits per second) of broadband internet service to its residents… more

Flow, Brightpath partner to develop e-commerce in Grenada

Grenada ­‑ Flow Grenada and their strategic partner BrightPath Foundation are taking another step to empower and enable Grenadians to become business owners and content creators… more

Copper wire thieves souring LIME’s business, company demands security ministry action

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider LIME is calling for the intervention of the police and the Ministries of National Security and Industry and Commerce as the company’s infrastructure continues to be targeted by thieves… more

Technology Entrepreneurs To Benefit From ‘Start Up Jamaica’

Jamaica ­‑ Technology entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to build on their innovations as the Government moves to embark on the ‘Start Up Jamaica’ initiative… more

CEO of Total Caribbean Network named Entrepreneur of the Year

Regional – New York, The Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., (CACCI) has announced that its 28th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Corporate and Partnership Recognition Awards Luncheon and Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 17th, 2013… more

Improving Caribbean Connectivity

Regional – Are external factors holding back the Caribbean’s Internet entrepreneurs? … more

St Lucia intends to eliminate books in the classroom

St. Lucia – St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says his government is seeking to revolutionise the islands education system by eliminating the need for books in the classroom… more

TelEm Group experiencing problems with voice and data circuits.

St. Maarten – TelEm Group this morning reported an interruption in its voice and data service that is affecting several major companies, including RBC Bank, Scotia Bank, Blue Mall and the Airport facilities at PJIAE… more

Digicel moves to virtualise business

Trinidad & Tobago – Last Thursday, Digicel’s business division launched a new Cloud Solutions portfolio of services for its business users… more

Friday, 4 October 2013

Mobile APP Development Workshop Planned

Antigua & Barbuda – The Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology, in collaboration with the BrightPath Foundation, will hold a mobile app development workshop in Antigua from Tuesday October 8 to Friday October 18… more

Google Android takes the tablet lead but does it really matter when you have broadband?

Grenada – According to market analyst firm ABI research, Google Android has taken the lead from Apple’s iPad – in other words Android is winning the tablet race too. For the longest time Apple has managed to keep ahead, but as was the case with the smartphone, it was only a matter of time before the proliferation of the Android operating system resulted… more

Samsung sets up shop in Jamaica

Jamaica – SAMSUNG Electronics has announced that it wants to become the market leader in Jamaica… more

Flag_of_Sint_MaartenTelEm Group praises telecom regulator for staging of Internet awareness Seminar.

St. Maarten – St. Maarten Internet Service Provider (ISP) TelEm Group has praised officials of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) for organizing an well-attended internet policy development seminar at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino recently… more

Flow explains blocked shows

Trinidad & Tobago – Once the rights for a television show are purchased by a local station, cable operators are obligated to block that show so it is only seen on the local station. That’s the word from Columbus Communication, parent company of local cable operator Flow… more

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Dom. Rep. leads LatAm in Web purchases, but retailers frown

Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic’s formal business sector could lose as many as 100,000 jobs over the next three years on distortions from the tax-exempt Internet purchases under US$200, as stated in Decree 402-05… more

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Increase in persons charged for cybercrimes

Jamaica – The Organised Crime and Investigation Division (OCID) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that since 2010, 43 people have been charged with various offences under the Cybercrimes Act including unauthorised access to computer data, access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of an offence, and unlawful possession of a device… more

Make Parliament More Effective

Jamaica – How well is Parliament able to discharge its critical function of oversight of the nation’s public finances? The three chief functions of a legislature are lawmaking, oversight, and representation… more

Digicel Business launches new Cloud Solutions portfolio

Regional – Digicel Business recently launched its new Cloud Solutions portfolio, featuring the latest suite of cloud solutions to drive business advantage. Working with Citrix, Cisco and Microsoft, Digicel Business now offers complete cloud solutions for its clients’ business needs… more


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