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May 05 2014

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Roundup: for the week ending 4 May 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 28 April to Sunday 4 May 2014.

News word cloud 2Monday, 28 April 2014

LIME and gov’t collaboration to affect pre-schoolers

Antigua and Barbuda – A joint initiative with the government and LIME is expected to see educators utilise Internet-ready iPads to interact and teach pre-schoolers… more

Bahamas: New Cyber Security Strategy to strengthen data protection capabilities

Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas has embarked upon the development of a National Cyber Security Strategy that will further strengthen the country’s data protection capabilities by strengthening cyber crime legislation in The Bahamas… more

MP concerned BTC probe lost in govt agenda

Bahamas – Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells said yesterday he is concerned about the delay in the establishment of a select committee to investigate the 2011 sale of a majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

Great Gains Flowing To Barbados’ Telecommunications Sector

Barbados – Investors are still showing confidence in this island’s economy, despite the current global recession… more

BTL signs collective bargaining agreement with BCWU

Belize – Following on from the conclusion earlier this month of negotiations between Belize’s state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, and the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making, today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City… more

MarketResearchReports.Com: Belize – BLT Revenue Continues to Slide for FY 2013, New Report Launched

Belize – Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Belize – Telecoms IP Networks Digital Media and Forecasts” research report to their offering… more

Cyber crimes worry Ambrose George

Dominica – Minister for information, telecommunication and constituency empowerment, Ambrose George, is concerned that while advancement in technology augers well for the continued development of communities and economies there has been the corresponding dark side to the internet… more

Cybersecurity workshop underway in Dominica

Dominica – A week-long workshop geared at improving cybersecurity and legislation to protect Dominica against cybercrime began at the Fort Young Hotel on Aril 28, 2014… more

NDCs to receive ICT boost

Guyana – Twelve Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six would be boosted in the area of Information Communication Technology as part of the Community Roads Improvement Programme… more

Phone companies, beware!

Jamaica – MINISTER of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, says the Government will be putting a mechanism in place to nab those who are bypassing the formal system set up to collect a levy on inbound international phone calls… more

Cable & Wireless Sells Stake in Monaco Telecom in Order to Focus on LATAM Region

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has agreed to sell its majority stake in Monaco Telecom as part of a strategy to free up cash in order to focus on expanding its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean… more

Digicel wins Cisco regional awards

Regional – Digicel Business is the recipient of four Cisco® Partner Summit Geographical Region awards for Partner of the Year (CANSAC); Cloud Partner of the Year (CANSAC); Architectural Excellence Collaboration (Latin America) and Architectural Excellence Collaboration (CANSAC). Cisco revealed the winners during its annual partner conference which took place in Las Vegas earlier this month… more

Tobago Defying Distance with Video Collaboration from TSTT and Polycom

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT is a proud partner with the Tobago Information Technology Limited (TITL), to establish the first of its kind Video Collaborative Suite in Tobago… more

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/LIME_Logo.gifLIME: Upgrades to blame for slow Internet

British Virgin Islands – Maximea & Co. Legal Secretary Angelica Avelino said an attorney working in her office rushed out of the building to attend to a legal matter in court on Monday morning, only to find out that it had been pushed back to another day… more

LIME launches LTE for iPhone users in Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands – LIME has launched LTE services for iPhone users in Cayman Islands. LIME Cayman Islands initially launched LTE in November 2013 and has continued to expand its portfolio of 4G devices… more

Dominica considered a cybersecurity leader

Dominica – Dominica is reportedly on the forefront of cybersecurity efforts in the Caribbean region and the world, an official from the Organization of American States (OAS), Brain Ditto has revealed… more

Dominica could establish an ICT centre for excellence

Dominica – Dominica has been given a commitment for the establishment of an Information Communication Technology centre for excellence here… more

Jamaica continues to support girls in ICT

Jamaica – SUPPORT for girls and young women to be more involved in the information, communications and technologies (ICT) sector, is gaining traction, with Jamaica now among the growing number of countries which observe International Girls in ICT day each year… more

Columbus Networks Awarded “2013 Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier”

Regional – Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the Caribbean, announced today that its subsidiary Columbus Networks has been awarded “Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier” at the 2013 Global Carrier Awards… more

Calls made to stop using Internet Explorer due to bug

Saint Kitts and Nevis – REGULATORS  are calling on individuals to stop using popular internet browser ‘Internet Explorer’ until Microsoft fixes flaws within the system… more

blink | bmobile Partners with Government to Bridge the Digital Divide

Trinidad and Tobago – blink | bmobile has renewed their commitment to assist the government of Trinidad and Tobago by becoming the communications technology partner in the recently unveiled Star.tt ICT Access Center in Cumana, Toco… more

Establish computer codes of practice

Trinidad and Tobago – WORKS Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan has suggested the establishment of codes of practice regarding the use of computers and technology, so that society’s value systems are not destroyed… more

Guardian Media Limited announces new CEO

Trinidad and Tobago – Lisa Agard has been appointed chief executive officer of Guardian Media Limited (GML) with effect from May 1… more

Union Opposes Cable And Wireless Takeover Of TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says it will oppose moves by the British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless Communication (CWC), to seek majority control of the state-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)… more

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

OAS Assists Bahamas in the Development of a National Cyber Security Strategy

Bahamas – The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) conducted a two-day visit to Nassau, Bahamas from April 24-25, as a part of the technical assistance to be provided to the Government of The Bahamas for the development of its National Cyber Security Strategy, through an initiative that will be coordinated by the OAS Cyber Security Program together with the Ministry of National Security of The Bahamas… more

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)Community technology programme commences

Barbados – The 2014 Community Technology Pro-gramme (CTP), which provides Barbadians with free training in Information, Commun-ication and Technology (ICT), is under way at Community Resource Centres across the island… more

GT&T plugs GUY$60 M into University of Guyana

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&) on Wednesday announced that it will be plugging GUY$60 million into the cash-strapped University of Guyana. To help that institution in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and other areas… more

Digital Jam 3.0 Winners Urged To Capitalize On Competition

Jamaica – Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging winners of the recently concluded Digital Jam 3.0 Apps Competition (Caribbean edition), to use this platform for the future development of their projects… more

LIME joins MultiCare Foundation to power Breezy Castle cyber centre

Jamaica – THE LIME Foundation has retrofitted and transformed a cargo container into a new cyber centre for residents of Breezy Castle and surrounding areas in downtown Kingston… more

Dominica hosts seventh regional CaribNOG meeting

Regional – Regional and international technology experts are gathering in Dominica to address Caribbean technology challenges and to collaboratively derive solutions that are relevant to the region… more

New Frontier for Regional Integration

Regional – The Caribbean faces a number of complex, deep-rooted and interrelated challenges. Human resource development, economic growth, sustainable development and climate change all featured prominently on the agenda for the recently held 25th intersessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)… more

Bmobile powers Star.tt ICT Access Center in Cumana

Trinidad and Tobago – Bmobile, the mobile division of Trinidad and Tobago operator Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT), has become the communications technology partner in the recently launched Star.tt ICT Access Center in Cumana, Toco… more

C&W wants bigger stake in TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – Cable & Wireless Communications, the foreign-based 49 per cent owner of TSTT, is tired of being a “passive investor” in the Government-controlled telecoms company… more

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Danger Behind Sale Of BTC

Bahamas – EDITOR, The Tribune. The sale of BaTelCo to a private foreign company is it a critical breach of trust and national security of the Bahamas as a free and sovereign nation? … more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagCongestion Easing as LIME Internet Upgrades Progress

Saint Kitts and Nevis – LIME Internet upgrades to ease ongoing congestion issues got underway over the weekend.    Head of LIME’s Managed Service Operation Clyde Richardson said Thursday that 40 percent of the network in St. Kitts and Nevis had so far been upgraded, with completion expected sometime next week… more

CWC eyes TSTT control

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) is warning of a sellout of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to British-owned Cable and Wireless Caribbean (CWC)… more

Long Term Evolution: What’s the hype?

Trinidad and Tobago – MERE months after unveiling the first gigabit community in the Anglophone Caribbean, Blink Broadband has accomplished another feat as the company simultaneously launched the Blink Wireless Broadband Pilot Project in Sangre Chiquito, Trinidad and Golden Lane, Tobago… more

T&T teacher at Microsoft Global Forum

Trinidad and Tobago – Professional development has always been critical for teachers, and at the recent Microsoft in Education Global Forum 2014 in Barcelona, more than 1,100 attendees received a crash course on education, including Keith Laban, an Information Communication Technology teacher from Trinity College East… more

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cable Predicting 130% Profit Growth To 2018

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas is forecasting that net income will increase by 130 per cent over the next five years as a result of its Florida expansion, with its US interests ultimately accounting for one-third of its bottom line… more

Digicel business helps the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) deliver world class customer experience

Barbados – ounded in 1978, the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) employs two hundred and twenty people based in five offices across Barbados and also has a regional reach through its parent company… more

Dominica flagDigicel celebrates Mother’s Day across Dominica

Dominica – Digicel launched its best value Mother’s Day promotion on May 1, 2014 that will give both postpaid and prepaid customers a chance to win great prizes when they enter the Samsung text to win game or purchase a smartphone with a data plan from any one Digicel’s retail stores islandwide… more

Digicel Rep Testifies In Coudray-Greaves Murder Trial

Jamaica – The murder case against Ivan Taylor, the man charged with the 2012 murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, continued yesterday in the St James Circuit Court, with expert testimony from a telecommunications veteran… more

Mischief!

Jamaica – OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness has denied rumours circulating in the social media that telephone service to his office was cut after the bill was run up during last year’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership election… more

What Has Resulted From Email Hacking?

Jamaica – t is evident that Internet users are at risk on a daily basis. The minute it is detected that an e-mail account is compromised by an uninvited source, all media that the account is used for should be examined for any intrusions. The primary indication of intrusions may include suspicious broadcast messages (spam)… more

Digicel Partners with Project Viola for Mother’s Day

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Mother’s Day is a time when mothers around the world are honoured for being the great individuals that they are. Digicel is joining in on the celebration of moms with a grand 4G Smartphone sale to benefit young mothers… more

Cable & Wireless plan ‘similar to TSTT’s’

Trinidad and Tobago – Chief executive of telecoms provider Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (TSTT) George Hill has said his vision for the company is in line with proposals advanced by its minority shareholder Cable & Wireless (C&W)… more

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Call for second look at role of the media

Trinidad and Tobago –President of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Vic Fernandes has said media houses may be sacrificing quality and standards and has called on them to take a second look at their roles and responsibilities to the public… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagiGovTT promotes public sector use of big data

Trinidad and Tobago – Noting that big data is transforming the way global firms and governments do business, Selvon Ramroop, deputy CEO of the National Information and Communication Technology Company (iGovTT), is championing its use in delivery of enhanced services to citizens of T&T… more

TSTT cautious on CWC takeover plan

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT CEO George Hill said the interest being shown in the local telecommunications company by Cable & Wireless (CWC) could undermine investment proposals which have already attracted interest from potential financiers… more

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Heartbleed No Longer A Threat

Jamaica – The Heartbleed bug, the latest security threat to hit the Internet, should not pose a threat to Jamaican users anymore, as the problem “has now been fixed,” says Dean Smith, president of the Jamaica Computer Society… more

Social media ban at work not such a good idea

Jamaica – t may not be a good idea to ban employees from social media during work hours, says Gale Peart, CEO of Caribbean Fortress Limited… more

Your laptop and you

Jamaica – AS technology advances our gadgets become smaller. We’ve moved from computers big enough to fill a room to desktop computers and now computers that are portable… more

TrulyCaribbean.Net Launches “Caribbean Girls Can Code” Campaign

Regional – To coincide with the international celebration of Girls in ICT Day on April 24, 2014, www.trulycaribbean.net has a series of stories on women who code… more

 

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About the author

Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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