Roundup: for the week ending 25 May 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 19 May to Sunday 25 May 2014.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas

Bahamas – The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas… more

Gov’t declares support for CCT, but…

British Virgin Islands – The National Democratic Party government has declared its preference for CCT on the basis that it is the locally owned company in the territory’s telecoms market where multi-nationals Digicel and LIME are also major players… more

LIME completes HSPA/LTE deployments in Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), operating under the LIME banner, and Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson have completed the rollout of the cellco’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the Cayman Islands, which now covers 100% of the country’s territory… more

LIME Invests Billions In Mobile Network

Jamaica – Telecoms giant LIME is investing US$79 million or J$8.7 billion to upgrade its mobile network to deliver more of its fast 4G broadband speeds to more places across Jamaica… more

CWC appoints new Director of Communications and Culture

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) today announces the appointment of Grace Silvera as Director of Communications and Culture… more

Caribbean-based Internet Strategist Bevil Wooding receives LACNIC Lifetime Achievement Award

Regional – The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) has honoured Caribbean-based technology expert and philanthropist Bevil Wooding with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award… more

Digicel Business announced as platinum sponsor of the Virtual Educa Conference

Regional – Digicel Business was today announced as platinum sponsor of the Virtual Educa Conference which takes place in Port-of-Spain on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th May… more

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

LIME launches HSPA+ in Antigua and Barbuda; sets October LTE date

Antigua and Barbuda – LIME (Cable & Wireless) Antigua and Barbuda has announced that its W-CDMA/HSPA+ 3.5G mobile network is now available nationwide, thanks to an initial XCD35 million (USD13 million) investment in high speed broadband by the company… more Probes U.S. ‘Spying’ Claim

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) last night promised to urgently investigate “the integrity” of its cellular network, amid claims that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is intercepting almost every mobile call made in the Bahamas… more

Call for telecoms providers to collaborate

Barbados – “As telecommunications providers, companies like Columbus Barbados need to acknowledge and understand the importance of working alongside its competitors to fully realise the transformative impact that broadband and ICTs can have on the region.” … more

2 Belizean students among top four winners in regional competition

Belize – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is observed annually in the Caribbean on May seventeenth… more

Digicel says mobile 4G now 92% population coverage

Jamaica – Telecommunication company, Digicel, on Tuesday announced that it has recently completed “a massive expansion project” on its 4G mobile network, increasing its footprint to 92 per cent population coverage across Jamaica… more

Chinese cyber espionage renews Caribbean security concerns

Regional – An announcement on Monday that a grand jury in the United States has indicted five Chinese hackers for cyber espionage and other offenses directed at the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries has renewed concerns that a number of Caribbean governments may be at risk as recipients of personal computers supplied by foreign agencies… more

TATT Turns Ten

Trinidad and Tobago – The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) hosted a reception to celebrate its tenth anniversary on May 9 at the Century Ballroom of the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain… more

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Bahamas government responds to spying reports

Bahamas – On 19th May, at a routine lunch with US Charge d’Affairs John Dinkelman, he flagged the possibility of a story being released based on the leaks of the former US government employee Edward Snowden and that they would involve The Bahamas and the use of monitoring apparatus in The Bahamas… more

Recording Calls ‘Clearly Illegal’

Bahamas – THE allegations of possible surveillance of cellphone calls in the Bahamas are “startling” and, if proven, then the behaviour would be “clearly illegal”, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday… more

CCT fined $50k over spectrum dispute

British Virgin Islands – The territory’s telecommunications regulator has fined CCT Global Communications $50,000 for allegedly using the public spectrum without permission in March and April… more

Cuban blogger’s news site blocked after going live

Cuba – Cuba’s first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was blocked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country’s best-known dissident blogger… more

Digicel confirms lowest dropped call rate in Jamaica

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica has confirmed that it has the lowest dropped call rate of any local operator… more

Telecoms expect half of population on mobile broadband in 2014

Jamaica – TELECOM players expect half the population on mobile Internet by year-end, with investments projected to be over $14 billion in anticipation of that demand… more reports net profit of USD951m in FY2014

Regional – UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has posted a 4% year-on-year decline in revenue from its continuing operations to USD1.873 billion in the twelve months to end-March 2014, … more

Cable & Wireless Launches Investment Programme As It Continues To Struggle

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications PLC Wednesday said it swung to a pretax loss in its last financial year as it booked higher expenses for its restructuring and cost reduction programme and as growth in mobile, broadband and TV revenue failed to offset declines for its fixed-line and data operations… more

Caribbean moves to Phase One of LACNIC’s IPv4 exhaustion planning

Regional – The application process for Internet Protocol (IP) addresses just got stricter, as very soon, new IPv4 addresses will be fully depleted around the globe… more

Ranking the Caribbean on Cell Phone Use

Regional – Where do people use cell phones the most in the Caribbean? … more

Caribbean Classrooms of the Future Initiative Launched in Trinidad and Tobago with the OAS, Virtual Educa and the Private Sector

Trinidad and Tobago – A series of technologically advanced classrooms, designed to benefit thousands of students and educators in schools across the Caribbean,… more

Thursday, 22 May 2014

BTC ‘War Games’ Over Cellular Competition

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has been staging “war games” to prepare for cellular competition, with its controlling shareholder engaging help from Panama and ex-Digicel executives… more

Cayman tops region in cell phone use

Cayman Islands – The latest World Bank’s World Development Indicators Report found Cayman Islands have the most cell phones of those polled in the Caribbean region… more

Digicel increases coverage with 4G expansion

Jamaica – DIGICEL says it has completed a massive expansion project on its 4G mobile network that has increased its coverage to 92 per cent of the population… more

Shame On Flow For Shipping Jobs To T&T

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: Mr Gordon Robinson’s article in The Sunday Gleaner, ‘The real meaning of devaluation’ (May 18, 2014), is excellent… more

CWC to invest an additional $250M in networks

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications used its full-year results to unveil Project Marlin, a programme to invest an additional $250 million in its networks across the Caribbean and Central America… more

IDB launches DigiLAC

Regional – LATIN America and the Caribbean lag far behind developed countries in broadband penetration, according to a new index launched today by the Inter-American Development Bank… more

It Pays to Use LIME. Activate & Win!

Saint Kitts and Nevis – LIME kicked off its New Activate & Win promotion with the announcement of the first two weekly winners of $1,000 Cash just for activating or using any of its mobile talk, text, or data plans… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagCan Technology Transform Education in Trinidad & Tobago?

Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Education recently co-hosted the second Virtual Educa Caribbean forum, a two-day workshop which explored different ways in which Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can have an impact on education… more

Taking the Lead: Broadband for sustainable development

Trinidad and Tobago – WHEN people hear the term broadband internet they immediately associate it with high speed internet access that far surpasses its dial-up counterpart… more

Friday, 23 May 2014

High-Level Talks In NSA Spy Row

Bahamas – FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday defended his handling of the situation surrounding the recording of all cellphone calls in the Bahamas saying that meetings are being held at the “highest levels” to get to the bottom of it… more

Wilson: BTC ‘two percent’ deal being ‘refined’

Bahamas – The deal announced in January between Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and the government to transfer two percent of the company’s shares into a charitable trust has yet to be formalized, with Franklyn Wilson, the government’s chief negotiator of the deal, claiming it is being “refined”… more

Race to the finish for TV competitors

Cayman Islands – Cayman’s four telecommunications companies are in the midst of an infrastructure race to build “fiber to home” networks that will enable them to offer high-definition television and high-speed Internet to customers across Cayman… more

Bancaribe Lights Up Its Disaster Recovery Site At CTEX’s Tier-Iv Datacenter

Curaçao – Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) announced it has been selected by Bancaribe Curacao Bank, N.V. for a long-term commitment to host the bank’s critical disaster recovery infrastructure… more

Luncheon mum on profitability of GT&T shares sale

Guyana – Two years after Government sold its 20 percent shares in Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) it remains tight-lipped about the financial transaction… more

Technology coming to reduce Internet costs

Jamaica – The country is expected to save more than US$2 million per year, with the creation of the Jamaica Internet Exchange Point (IXP), scheduled for implementation by the end of July… more

CWC plans Central American investment

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications has unveiled Project Marlin, a $250 million investment programme covering its networks across the Caribbean and Central America… more

Caribbean leaders to meet on cybercrime and eGovernance

Regional – An upcoming meeting of Caribbean Commonwealth officials with responsibility for ICT will bring the region’s eGovernance and cybercrime issues squarely into focus… more

275 Digicel Customers Received CASHBACK to Date

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Loyal Prepaid and Postpaid customers of the top telecommunications company in St. Kitts and Nevis, Digicel, have been receiving CASHBACK every week day for the last six weeks… more

Saturday, 24 May 2014

http://www.ectel.intWorld Telecommunications And Information Society Day 2014

Regional – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) joined the international community to celebrate World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD), May 17, 2014… more

Focus and fearlessness key in ITC careers

Trinidad and Tobago – Girls from secondary schools across T&T got the opportunity to meet and interact with some of this country’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) female professionals and scientists, at the Women and Girls in ICT Forum on May 21… more

No leads yet in ‘emailgate’

Trinidad and Tobago – It has been over a year since Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley released a series of 31 “e-mails” in Parliament, purported to have been exchanges among four Government ministers… more

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Bahamas Wants To Know The Reasons Of NSA Recording Its Phone Calls

Bahamas – The Bahamas government officials want their US counterparts to explain why the National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting and recording every cell phone call taking place on the island nation… more

Digicel US$1-b expansion should be completed by next March

Regional – DIGICEL Group is expected to complete a two-year, US$1 billion expansion by next March… more


Image credits:  NS Newsflash (flickr);  The Eleutheran;  Marketing Magazine;  Wikipedia;  ECTEL