Roundup: for the week ending 29 December 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 23 December to Sunday 29 December 2013.

Monday, 23 December 2013

LIME to invest millions

Barbados – If the newer kids on the block thought long-standing telecommunications company LIME was going to give up its market share without a fight, they should think again… more

Digicel Business Targeting The West

Jamaica – Digicel Business, the largest supplier of telephony and communications solutions in Jamaica, in a drive to expand its subscriber base in the local information and communications technology (ICT) sector, has stepped up its marketing campaign in western Jamaica to attract more small and medium enterprises (SME) to its raft of services… more

Digicel to boost broadband offerings across the region

Jamaica – Digicel said  it has acquired new submarine fibre optics, which will help it to boost its broadband offerings across the region… more

Digicel Acquires Submarine Fibre Assets Across The Caribbean Region

Regional – Digicel today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and with Caribbean Fibre Holdings to acquire a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region… more

Third Computer Training Class For 2013 Closing Ceremony

Saint Kitts and Nevis – On the 13th December 2013 The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Computer Class held its third (3rd) closing ceremony for in service computer course for 2013… more

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Minnis urges government to abandon BTC take back bid

Bahamas – Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday urged the government to reconsider its decision not to offer nine percent of its shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to the public… more

CWU demands resumption of talks

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Communications Workers Union (CWU) yesterday called on TSTT to return to the bargaining table to complete negotiations for the 2008 to 2010 period… more

TCI cable TV operations sold

Turks and Caicos Islands – Television cable company WIV is being split up and sold to local interests after years of operating at a loss, according to some news media reports. The firm is owned by Tampa, Florida-based interests… more

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

5x Mobile Recharge Bonus for Digicel Guyana on

Guyana – announces a Quintuple Bonus credit on mobile recharges to Digicel mobiles in Guyana. The promotion is available by December 31st… more

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Shopping online for Christmas? You’re not alone

Trinidad and Tobago – ENABLING people in Trinidad and Tobago to actively take part in the e-life is an important part of why blink | bmobile invests so extensively in having the largest wired and wireless network in the country. Communications technology is a great equaliser within society and among countries… more

Friday, 27 December 2013

Appeal Court rules against LIME in case with Digicel

Jamaica – TELECOMS giant Digicel has won one of its many legal tussles with chief rival Cable and Wireless Jamaica Ltd (LIME) in the local courts… more

Microsoft seeks partners for Jamaican Innovation Centre

Jamaica – MICROSOFT wants to build private sector partnerships to establish a Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in Jamaica, says Marcelle Smart, Microsoft Jamaica country manager… more

O’Brien To Get J$69B Dividend

Jamaica – Denis O’Brien, the billionaire owner of international mobile telecommunications company, the Digicel Group, is to receive a special dividend of US$650 million (J$69 billion) according to a British newspaper… more

Teacher Training College To Focus On Math, Science And sTechnology

Jamaica – Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has announced that the administration of one local teachers training college has decided to restructure the institution’s programmes to focus more on offering courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)… more

CANTO Caribbean Roundup – Year In Review – 2013

Regional – In 2013, operators concentrated on network upgrades to LTE as well as expanding their portfolios of corporate ICT services… more

Digital Jam 3.0 Caribbean App Competition

Regional – The Government of Jamaica in collaboration with The World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the OECS Secretariat, Microsoft, other partners from the Caribbean private sector and international development community, have launched Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” – ‘The Future of Work is Digital’… more

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Rival tablet manufacturers launch in Haiti

Haiti – Two tech companies have launched rival ventures to build Android tablets in Haiti, a country with little recent experience in electronics manufacturing… more

Wooding receives LACNIC Lifetime Achievement Award

Trinidad and Tobago – The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) has announced that Trinidad-born technology expert, Bevil Wooding is the 2013 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award… more

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Jamaica Rates Poorly On Broadband Penetration

Jamaica – Jamaica rates very poorly both internationally and regionally on broadband penetration for both mobile and fixed Internet access, according to a recent international study… more

Should Jamaica Celebrate The 20Th Anniversary Of The FTC?

Jamaica – Twenty years have passed since Parliament established the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) in 1993 with the primary objective of positioning competition as the driving force behind economic activity in Jamaica… more

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