Roundup: for the week ending 5 January 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 30 December to Sunday 5 January 2014.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Union wants CARICOM’s intervention in LIME redundancy

Dominica – The Dominica Public Service Union, which represents LIME employees here, wants CARICOM’s intervention in a redundancy matter… more

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Wilson Objects To Cable’s Late Fees

Bahamas – Prominent businessman Franklyn Wilson has objected to Cable Bahamas’ charging him ‘late payment’ fees, with the industry regulator agreeing to his demand that such charges be proportionate… more

Feeling Dissed By Flow

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: Please allow me space to highlight an issue that is of concern to me and other customers of Flow Jamaica… more

Digicel acquires submarine fibre assets

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, the company said in a statement on Monday… more

CWU ready to do battle over Cola at TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) said yesterday that it is prepared to “battle to the end” to protect the cost of living allowance (Cola) of workers at TSTT… more

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Some Advice On Using Mobile Data Efficiently

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I write in response to the letter penned by Mr Courtney Campbell that was published in The Gleaner on Monday December 30, 2013… more

Thursday, 2 January 2014

URCA Anticipates Second Cellular Licence In 2014

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) anticipates licensing one new cellular operator in 2014, as it admits that competition has been “somewhat slow” to develop in the Bahamian communications market… more

Internet suppliers urged to expand reach to rural students

Jamaica – Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites has challenged the local suppliers of Internet access to expand their reach, especially across rural Jamaica, to allow more students to benefit from online learning programmes… more

How do you take your email?

Trinidad and Tobago – IN the four seconds it takes you to read this, 65 million emails would have traversed the World Wide Web… more

Friday, 3 January 2014

Cable Bahamas: ‘High Level Concerns’ Over Consumer Protection Rules

Bahamas – Both Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) told the national regulator that they agree in principle with efforts to enhance consumer protection regulations in The Bahamas, but both claim the proposed regulations are far too “prescriptive” and sweeping and would create undue administrative and financial burdens for the companies… more

Data protection looms in 2014

Cayman Islands – A revised version of the controversial Cayman Islands Data Protection Bill is due to come before the Legislative Assembly in 2014… more

Authorities warn of phone scam

Grenada – If your phone rings, and you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer and don’t call back. That’s the advice law enforcement officials are giving Utah residents right now… more

Ja, Like Haiti, Can Make Tablets

Jamaica – If Jamaica looks to Haiti, it, too, could produce high-tech tablet computers for the local and export markets, according to Brian Pengelley, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA)… more

Bevil Wooding gets LACNIC Lifetime Achievement Award

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

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Grenada lauded for use of ICT to boost Economy in 2013

Grenada – GRENADA, the spice island of the Caribbean, has come in for high praise from CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque for its use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)… more

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Cloud Computing And Forensics

Jamaica – The emergence and proliferation of cloud computing over the years have resulted in shifts in data processing and data-storage patterns… more

Gov’t Wants Everyone To Have Internet

Jamaica – The Jamaica government says it wants the entire population to have access to the Internet and has appealed to local providers to ensure that it is achieved… more

T&T tech expert gets Lifetime Award

Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad-born technology expert Bevil Wooding is the 2013 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (Lacnic)… more