Roundup: for the week ending 19 January 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 13 January to Sunday 19 January 2014.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Last Friday, January 10Th, Digicel Officially Launched, Their Newest Innovative Product, Digicel More

Curaçao – In Digicel More, Digicel launches a new way of communicating, also known as Mobile Advertising. Digicel More allows companies to communicate directly with their existing or potential clients… more

Tech Times

Jamaica – Tech problem of the week. How to set up mobile smartphone with car stereo system… more

C&W to cut costs by US$100m

Regional – International telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) is on a mission to reduce its Caribbean operating costs by US$100 million… more

Caribbean ICT ministers meet in Grenada

Regional – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers with responsibility for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will meet in Grenada later this week to prepare recommendations for submission to regional leaders for the development of the sector… more

US$1M for CTU Harmonised Spectrum Project

Regional – Caribbean governments and telecommunications regulators will meet next month to discuss issues related to the management of spectrum across the region… more

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Looking beyond the tragedy: Information sharing for a better future

Haiti – Rose Marie Dorvilus, 29, lives in Petion Ville which is considered the uptown of Port-au-Prince and has been living there with family members ever since the earthquake on 12 January, 2010 destroyed her home in Delmas 19… more

E-mailgate probe faces dismal future

Trinidad and Tobago – The probe into the emailgate scandal may be facing a bleak future after US Internet search giant Google indicated in its latest transparency report, published on its Web site, that local police officers investigating the case failed to make any official request from them for information relating to the matter last year… more

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Silence Over Scheduled BTC Meeting

Bahamas – THE government remained tight-lipped on the Prime Minister’s meeting with Cable and Wireless executives, which was scheduled to be held yesterday afternoon… more

Defining contempt in the Internet age

Cayman Islands – A review of Cayman Islands contempt of court laws will seek to clarify how the regulations affect Internet bloggers and social media commentators who post or tweet about court proceedings… more

Bitcoin by zcopley (Flickr)Local medical company now takes bitcoins as payment

Jamaica – FOR some, accepting a virtual unregulated currency as payment may seem like a leap into the unknown… more

Social Media and Social Good in Jamaica

Jamaica – Jamaicans in the Convention Centre, Atlanta 2011, wanted to get on with the dance. It was the annual Independence Ball hosted by the Atlanta Jamaica Association… more

Taking cyber attacks seriously

Regional – Two years ago I suggested in this column that few Caribbean Governments or companies were taking seriously the threat posed by cyber attack and cyber crime… more

No bmobile to Digi calls

Trinidad and Tobago – TELECOMMUNICATIONS provide Digicel yesterday blamed an “inter-connect issue” for the inability of persons using bmobile or TSTT landline phones to make calls to persons having Digicel phones yesterday… more

Thursday, 16 January 2014

BTC Blasts 113% Call Termination Spread

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has complained that the 113 per cent call termination “premium” enjoyed by its rivals has placed it at a competitive disadvantage, allowing them to offer consumers ‘below cost’ pricing… more

TelEm Group Sales team take delivery of five new vehicles

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group’s Sales team recently took delivery of five brand new vehicles to better serve the company’s business and residential clients in 2014… more

Bmobile to pioneer better data and voice roaming globally

Trinidad and Tobago – BMOBILE plans to introduce a first in voice and data services that will have local customers seeing the brighter side of roaming… more

Friday, 17 January 2014

Minnis: What Progress Has Been Made In BTC?

Bahamas – OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis is questioning whether the government has made any significant progress in its negotiations to secure the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company… more

Media, blogger meetup a success

Barbados – Representatives from F1RST Media Ltd in Bridgetown and Port-of-Spain met with local journalists and bloggers at The SoCo Hotel in Hastings, Barbados to present the company’s vision of a more connected Caribbean… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Broadcast history made with fibre optic transmission

Cayman Islands – The WestStar trucks have been out and about all over Grand Cayman, installing an island-wide network of fibre optic cabling. It’s the technology that makes for faster internet speeds, clearer phone calls and for Cayman 27′s news team, a new way to broadcast live… more

Online Poll: Email etiquette is important

Cayman Islands – In these days of instant communication, it’s all too easy to dash off a quick email, be it for work or personal purposes… more

LaRocque: ICT Is the New Frontier For Caribbean Integration

Regional – Information and Communication Technology is the new frontier for regional integration in the Caribbean, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a speech Friday… more

Saturday, 18 January 2014

More Outsourcing at Telecoms Company

Antigua and Barbuda – Telecommunications Company LIME is not saying it’s a sale, but is calling its latest initiative to partner with Ericsson as outsourcing… more

Final Cabinet meeting Tuesday on BTC deal

Bahamas – The “significant” announcement the government was expected to make regarding the future of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) this week will be made after a Cabinet meeting on the matter, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday… more

Invest in cyber security

Barbados – The 2014 production of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada was a smorgasbord of delights for the tech lover… more

Fusion of ICT and human resource development to enhance CARICOM growth and development

Regional – ICT and human resource development fused together could be the catalyst for enhancing prospects for sustainable growth and development for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)… more

caricom_standard (source: JIS)Make use of ICT, CARICOM told

Regional – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell yesterday urged regional countries to make good use of the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector, saying that it could provide opportunities for the CARICOM to develop new services, industries and markets that create jobs, return profits and drive growth… more

Facebook page decrying KLM fares explodes in popularity

Sint Maarten – Identifying themselves as “four concerned citizens of the Friendly Island”, this group has started a Facebook page called “Unfair KLM ticket prices SXM – AMS” to protest and maybe trigger a change from KLM regarding its high ticket prices from St. Maarten to Amsterdam… more

Sunday, 19 January 2014

LIME wins big at Avaya Awards in Puerto Rico

Jamaica – Telecoms provider LIME won two of three prime categories at the prestigious Avaya Partner Connection Day Awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday… more


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