Roundup: for the week ending 22 December 2013

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

Monday, 16 December 2013

ICTA wants feedback on local content

Cayman Islands – The Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) has said it will ask for feedback in the new year to know what local television means to the community… more

An app that delivers your dream man

Jamaica – FROM paying your bills to picking out recipes, smartphones have made it easy to do everyday tasks with relative ease. One of the only things they seemed incapable of doing was to actually deliver you your dream man — until now… more

LIME & BigTime Partner Up

Trinidad and Tobago – BigTime, the global boutique firm of mobile marketing, announced today that it has launched in the Caribbean an interactive Mobile Marketing Campaign… more

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Telephone scam alert

Dominica – Local telecommunication company, Digicel, is warning of a scam which appears to be targeting it customers… more

After snapping up telecoms, Altice vows better, cheaper service

Dominican Republic – With Altice Group’s entry into the country’s telecom market snapping up Tricom and Orange, the sector’s competition is expected to increase with better Web, mobile, fixed telephone and cable TV service at lower prices… more

PUC approves overseas phone rates promotion

Guyana – The Public Utilities Commission has approved a promotion on outbound international calls to Canada and the USA (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) applicable to all GT&T and Digicel cell and landline customers… more

Retired telecoms workers demand higher pensions ; union willing to abandon retroactive payments

Guyana – Even as retired telecommunications workers continued to agitate for higher pensions, the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Union (GPTWU) said it was willing to forgo retroactive lump sums owed and settle for pensions far higher than the GUY$18,000 being currently paid… more

Columbus Achieves Highest Level of Certification for SIP Trunking for Microsoft Lync

Regional – Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), a diversified telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Andean region, today announced that it has completed the high-encryption (TLS/SRTP) certification requirement for SIP Trunking for Microsoft Lync… more

Workshop on Science, Tech education kick-starts economic diversification in Caribbean

Regional – Last week at the third annual Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) workshop, enthusiastic professionals from the Region and the Diaspora, met for two days at the Grand Coastal Hotel along with teachers and students from Guyana, to discuss practical ways to promote diversification in Caribbean economies… more

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

PM: Talks Concluded Over BTC Stake

Bahamas – PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie said yesterday the government has concluded negotiations with Cable and Wireless for the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company Ltd… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Local TV content debate

Cayman Islands – The country’s oldest cable provider says the local content requirement of all licensees should be more than just carrying the government channel… more

New computer screens for school

Cayman Islands – A donation of 10 computer monitors got the thumbs up from students of Savannah Primary School… more

SG praises Grenada’s leadership in ICT

Grenada – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque praised Grenada for leading by example in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to create an enabling environment to pursue its social and economic development goals… more

Piracy website moves to Guyana domain

Guyana – The Pirate Bay has set sail to a new domain for the third time in a week. After just a few days Peru decided to suspend the site’s .PE domain forcing the torrent site to move to the Guyana-based .GY ccTLD… more

The Piratebay changes domain name from .pe to .gy

Guyana – The Piratebay changed domain names again, world’s most famous torrent site moved today from .pe (Peru) to .gy (Guyana)… more

Thursday, 19 December 2013

UK telecoms group eyes Bahamas

Bahamas – British conglomerate Virgin Group Ltd. has expressed interest in offering cellular service in The Bahamas, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday… more

Digicel committed to investing in Barbados

Barbados – Digicel last week launched the new 4G Zone in Colonnade Mall in Bridgetown, this after a few weeks ago opening Digicel in Oistins… more

Tablets In Schools Gets Funding

Jamaica – THE PILOT phase of the Tablets in Schools project has been funded to the tune of nearly $1.5 billion from the Universal Service Fund… more

Building Caribbean Data Journalism

Regional – INTERNET USERS are bombarded daily with a vast world of digital content via news feeds, blogs, webcasts, live streams, image galleries, videoclips and sound bites… more

CIBC FirstCaribbean adopts UWI Computer Lab

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The UWI Open Campus Country Site, at Fortlands now has a fully re-furbished computer lab, thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean… more

TelEm Group says interference problems with mobile network being addressed on several fronts.

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group has upgraded network services in the Harbour Facility area, greatly improving the quality of service to residential and business clients, including customers at the Harbour facility… more

Friday, 20 December 2013

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)Virgin, Digicel in running for Bahamas launch

Bahamas – The UK’s Virgin Group has expressed an interest in offering wireless services in the Bahamas once the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC’s) monopoly on the mobile market expires in April 2014… more

Not so NISE emails

Barbados – The email service of the company which manages the external database of the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE), has been compromised… more

Picture fuzzy on local TV requirements

Cayman Islands – Cayman’s television networks are at odds over their obligations to produce local content, with the island’s oldest broadcaster claiming its new rivals currently have an “unfair advantage.” … more

The Telecoms pensioners had service with both a public corporation to which the Pensions Act applied and a private company to which it did not

Guyana – Dear Editor, I write concerning the issue of the ‘Telecoms pensioners’. The superannuation benefits of former employees of Guyana Telecommunications Corporation (GTC) were governed by the prescriptions of the Pensions Act, Chapter 27:02, applicable to public servants… more

Focusing on developing countries is a winning formula says Digicel CEO

Regional – What if there is a way to make a profit while at the same time providing the world’s poorest with a useful service? There is… more

The University of the West Indies Selects Resolver to Support Governance, Risk and Compliance Program

Regional – Resolver is pleased to announce that The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has selected and implemented Resolver’s Governance, Risk and Compliance solution GRC Cloud to support its audit, enterprise risk management and other GRC functions… more

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Jamaica Library Service gets grant to boost ICT resources

Jamaica – The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) received a grant of US$2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation based in Seattle, United States of America, which will, along with co-funding of US$1.1 million from the Jamaican Government, help the JLS to boost Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources in public libraries… more

Emailgate—hot topic for months

Trinidad and Tobago – Emailgate is arguably one of the biggest political scandals in the history of the country… more

Sunday, 22 December 2013

TSTT joins regional mobile campaign

Trinidad and Tobago – BigTime, the global boutique firm of mobile marketing, has launched an interactive mobile marketing campaign in the Caribbean… more


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