Roundup: for the week ending 8 December 2013

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 2 December to Sunday 8 December 2013.

Monday, 2 December 2013

CWC refreshed Bahamas brand

Bahamas – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has updated the brand of its Bahamas business, the latest stage of making the company more modern, effective and efficient… more

Florida acquisitions due to lockdown on domestic wireless sector, CBL says

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) has confirmed that its recent expansion into the US cable market via the acquisition of four Florida-based providers, Marco Island Cable, NuVu, US Metro and Summit Broadband – the last of which was completed late last week – was prompted by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC’s) monopoly on the wireless market, preventing it from expanding into the cellular segment… more

COO says mobile is the future of communications technology

Cayman Islands – As an increasing number of people carry mobile phones these days, one may be tempted to ask whether this spells the end of the landline… more

Jamaica looks to double BPO sector by 2016

Jamaica – In Jamaica, plans are currently underway to double the size of the country’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector by 2016 with a goal to make 1.2 million square feet of space available for outsourcing operations by that time… more

Tech Question Of The Week

Jamaica – Your parents and grandparents survived without certain technology, so do you think the need for technology is real or created? … more

Tech Times

Jamaica – Tech problem of the week. Bluetooth mouse/keyboard not connecting with computer… more

BrightPath and Columbus honour Caribbean tech innovators

Regional – Six Caribbean nationals were recognised for their contribution to advancing technology innovation in the region at the launch of the BrightPath Foundation TechLink initiative in Grenada… more

Digicel sees dip in revenue for July to September quarter

Regional – Movements in the value of the Jamaican dollar and currencies in two other markets have contributed to a decline in total group revenues at mobile phone company Digicel… more

Starting the Caribbean technology revolution

Regional – The Caribbean technology revolution has begun. BrightPath, in collaboration with its corporate partner Columbus Communications, has launched TechLink, an initiative offering Caribbean-wide community-based training in digital content creation… more

Strengthening the T&T Internet

Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago is one step closer to establishing its own Internet Exchange Point (IXP)… more

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Cable TV subscribers compensated for outages with free weekend of premium services

Bahamas – Cable subscribers in Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera were affected last week with an interruption of a small portion of their TV services. Cable Bahamas advised that the issues were caused by equipment and service upgrades… more

URCA Certifies BTC Readiness For Number Portability

Bahamas – Confirming its readiness for number portability, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) granted the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) a certificate of readiness last week, ahead of the December 2 deadline for number portability… more

LIME: Make this Christmas magical

Cayman Islands – Christmas is coming and LIME is all about sharing the festive cheer. “This year is going to be special as we’re full of the joys of Christmas,” says Julie Hutton, head of marketing and sales support for LIME Cayman Islands… more

Telecoms sales revenues boost hopes to extend subway line

Dominican Republic – The hundreds of millions of dollars the Dominican government will raise from the sales of the telecoms Orange Dominicana and Tricom could boost Santo Domingo East commuter’s hopes to extend the Metro’s second subway line, scrubbed from next year’s budget on an income crunch… more

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)Cloud Computing Provider Aims For 2014 Q1 Take-Off

Bahamas – A BAHAMAS-based cloud computing firm is aiming to provide local businesses with a “test run” of its offering in the 2014 first quarter, after aligning itself with a major US multi-national computer technology corporation… more

Technology important to disabled

Cayman Islands – Education officials are stressing the importance of harnessing technology in the classroom, especially for students with disabilities… more

Tobago Information Technology Limited Awards Function

Trinidad and Tobago – The Tobago Information Technology Limited (TITL) held its ten year awards ceremony on Saturday evening (November 30,2013) at the Victor E Bruce Financial Complex… more

Thursday, 5 December 2013

BTC Targets 10-15k Xmas Phone Sales

Bahamas – THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is optimistic it will beat last year’s smartphone sales for the Christmas shopping period, the company projecting to sell 10,000-15,000 devices this period… more

PM ‘Close To Resolution’ On BTC Majority Stake Talks

Bahamas – PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he is close to a resolution in negotiations for the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company Ltd… more

PM says BTC share take back bid still alive

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that negotiations between Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and the government to regain majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are still ongoing… more

Logic donates IT equipment to UCCI

Cayman Islands – Logic CEO Mike Edenholm on Monday, 2 December presented UCCI President Roy Bodden with some specialised information technology (IT) equipment for use by lecturers in class presentations… more

Mobile Network Realizes 60 Percent Site Energy Cost Reductions Through Backup Power System from GE

Dominican Republic – Viva-Trilogy Dominicana S.A., a Dominican Republic mobile network, has announced the completion of a backup power pilot program using a GE (NYSE: GE) Durathon* battery and a remote monitoring and diagnostic (RMD) system from OmniMetrix, LLC, an Acorn Energy company (NASDAQ: ACFN)… more

Grenada union upset over worker dismissals

Grenada – The Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) Wednesday accused the British telecommunication company, LIME, of violating the island’s employment legislation after it terminated the services of an unqualified number of workers under the guise that their posts were being made redundant… more

Digicel hires 200 more customer care agents

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider Digicel has hired and trained 200 additional agents for its customer care call centre in an effort to enhance the delivery of customer service… more

Caribbean Heads of Government to Make ICT a Priority

Regional – CARICOM Heads of Government will be making Information and Communication Technology a major focus at their next Intercessional meeting, which is slated to take place in February… more Group is Honoured Twice at the World Communication Awards

Regional – Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel Group was honoured with two awards at the World Communication Awards held last night at the Lancaster Hotel in London, England… more

Better trade and business starts with e-

Trinidad and Tobago – WHEN TSTT’s Head of Purchasing and Supply Jim Leung Chee says that TSTT is good for local business, he isn’t just talking about the products and service the company offers… more

Inaccurate billing

Trinidad and Tobago – have the “Smart Choice-Gold” package from Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) for my residential line, which includes 50 minutes of calls to TSTT’s bmobile cellular phones and a similar 50 minutes on calls made to Digicel numbers… more

Friday, 6 December 2013

Faster mobile data services available

Cayman Islands – LIME is promising that buffering will become a thing of the past with its 4G LTE mobile data service in the Cayman Islands… more

Customers To Benefit From New LIME Store

Jamaica Customers are expected to benefit tremendously from the new interactive and customer-friendly store that telecommunications giant LIME unveiled last Tuesday night… more

CTU signs MOU for unrestricted access to the internet for persons in the region

Regional – The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) which met this week in Montego Bay, St. James has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for unrestricted access to the internet for persons in the region… more

Next CARICOM intersessional meeting to focus on ICT

Regional – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have decided that information and communications technology (ICT) will be one of the major topics to be discussed at the upcoming intersessional meeting in February… more

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Altice Group secures financing for Dominican acquisitions

Dominican Republic – Luxembourg-based private equity fund Altice Group  announced that it has implemented bond-heavy financing worth US$1.685 billion to back its parallel acquisitions of Orange Dominicana and an 88% stake in local telecoms provider Tricom… more

Dominican_Republic FlagMore than 50 percent of Dominican telecom users complain wrongly

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) conducted a study which revealed that over 50 percent of the 77,000 complaints submitted by users of telecommunications services by October of this year to the User Service Center (CAU) were channeled incorrectly… more

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Huawei Ascend P6 Makes Bahamas Debut

Bahamas – A seductive new entrant to the Bahamas’ cell phone market was introduced by The Bahamas telecommunications Company (BTC) on December 6th at a launch event at the BTC South West Plaza flagship store… more

T&T gets US$18m to expand IT services

Trinidad and Tobago – T&T will receive a US$18 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to help expand its ability to offer global information technology-enabled services… more


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