Roundup: for the week ending 22 June 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 16 June to Sunday 22 June 2014.

Monday, 16 June 2014

‘Valiant Effort’ To Close BTC Deal

Bahamas – The Government and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) still have not closed their ‘2 per cent’ deal over the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), despite making a “very, very valiant effort” to do so last week… more

DigiCell Launches PrePaid Voice Roaming Service!

Belize – As of Friday, June 13, 2014, DigiCell PrePaid customers can enjoy the freedom of using DigiCell’s Voice Roaming service in over 30 countries around the world… more

When BPO Becomes Knowledge Outsourcing

Belize – We all know about business process outsourcing, or BPO – which basically refers to the call centers that you can find all over Belize these days… more

Jamaica Set to Launch Internet Exchange Point in August

Jamaica – Jamaica is expected to benefit significantly from an Internet exchange point facility, which the ministry of science, technology, energy and mining expects to have in place by August… more

OECS to boost businesses with Technology

Saint Kitts and Nevis – EIGHT businesses in St. Kitts are presently engaged in discussions with the Export Development Unit of the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on boosting their entities with the use of Technology… more

Opposition sounds warning on Cyber Bill

Trinidad and Tobago – A cyber-crime bill proposed by the Government could clamp down on the free exchange of online information including the recent revelations of scandals/controversies involving Government officials, the Opposition warned last Friday… more

TSTT explains Internet/landline billing

Trinidad and Tobago – Problem: Guardian Media Ltd staff member Raymond Grant said before June last year he had Internet, Blink Entertainment and a landline with TSTT, costing roughly $300 a month… more

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Cable Scores 900 Sport Subscribers With World Cup

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has added an estimated 800-900 subscribers to its sports package since the soccer World Cup started, with a senior executive confirming it was still trying to “clear up” transmission quality issues with the master Caribbean rights holder… more

CWC Still Claims 51% BTC Ownership

Bahamas – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) is still claiming 51 per cent majority control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), raising fresh questions over the Government’s assertion to have regained majority ownership for the Bahamian people… more helping small businesses

Barbados – After rolling out its services just over a year ago in Barbados, telecommunications company Columbus has declared it is ready to take over as the number one provider for the small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sector… more

ICTA head ‘terminated’ but paid out

Cayman Islands – The former managing director of the Cayman Islands Information and Communication Technology Authority had his contract terminated three months prior to its completion, but was still paid the remainder of his salary, Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts revealed last week… more

Five million suspended pre-paid users given 90 days to register

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic’s telecoms regulator Indotel has given the owners of millions of suspended pre-paid accounts 90 days in which to register their details and reactivate their number… more

Procrastinators left without cell phone service

Dominican Republic – Procrastination reared its lazy head in the Dominican Republic once again, as users of prepaid cell phones were left without service after the deadline issued by the regulator Indotel expired midnight Thursday… more

Telecom sector grows to 16.2% of GDP in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – The contribution of the telecommunications industry to gross domestic product in the Dominican Republic has grown from 4.6 percent in 2000 to 16.2 percent in 2013, reports Diario Libre… more

The wonderful world of apps

Regional – For many busy people, mobile applications or apps have made life a lot easier… more

Information Security Gets Examined In ICT Workshop

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Issues of confidentiality, integrity and availability of information within the public sector are key talking points in a June 19 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop… more

Turks and Caicos media challenge gag order

Turks and Caicos Islands – A court order restricting the press from reporting details of one of the many ongoing corruption cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was successfully challenged by the local media last week… more

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Gov’t And CWC ‘Cannot Both Be Right’ On BTC

Bahamas – Free National Movement (FNM) chairman Darron Cash yesterday charged that the Government and Cable and Wireless Communication (CWC) “cannot both be right” regarding claims to the majority control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)… more

July 3 For ‘BTC 2%’ Agreement’s Closure

Bahamas – The Government and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) are hoping to conclude their ‘2 per cent’ deal over the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) by July 3, Tribune Business can reveal… more

Government reveals details of new ICTA boss

Cayman Islands – Following revelations in Finance Committee last week that Alee Fa’amoe had been given the top job at the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), government officials released a statement Wednesday detailing the local telecom expert’s appointment… more

Digicel Guyana welcomes promised ending of GT&T monopoly

Guyana – Digicel Guyana CEO Gregory Dean is optimistic that the Telecommunications Bill will be passed next month ending the more than 20-year-old monopoly of  Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company, GT&T in the provision of international calls… more Going Live with Electronic Marking in 2014

Regional – The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting… more

UK company acquires the Caribbean’s largest internet registrar

Regional – CentralNic plc, the registry service provider powering the sale of domain names through online retailers globally, has acquired the business and certain of the assets of Internet.BS Corp, registered in The Bahamas — the leading retailer of domain names in the Caribbean and one of the world’s top thirty domain name retailers (or “registrars”)… more

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Call to get serious about technology

Barbados – Senator Esther Byer Suckoo has urged the public service to utilise the technology available for doing business and cut down on the “paper-passing”… more

Unions cream off BTL

Belize – The Government of Belize under Prime Minister Dean Barrow has opened the books to the Union negotiating team who have been seeking a salary increase for public officers and teachers… more

Dominican consumers can access Google Play Books

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is now one of the 12 new countries with access to Google Play Books store, Google announced Wednesday. After this expansion, the service is now available in a total of 57 countries… more

“Dominican Republic – Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts” Published

Dominican Republic – Recently published research from BuddeComm, “Dominican Republic – Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts”, is now available at Fast Market Research… more

Grenada to Distribute Tablets in Schools

Grenada – Grenada will be launching a programme to distribute tablet computers in the country’s schools in September, the government announced this week… more

Wheatley says number portability explanation weak

Jamaica – THE Opposition Spokesman on ICT and Digital Economy Development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has criticised junior minister Julian Robinson’s explanation of the further delays in implementing number portability as unacceptable and weak… more

Columbus Business Solutions Completes SOC 1 (SSAE 16) & ISAE 3402 TYPE 1 Examination

Regional – Columbus Business Solutions (CBS), a division of Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), and a provider of premium telecommunications services to businesses in the greater Caribbean, Andean and Central American regions, is proud to announce that it has been awarded three international standards certifications… more

T&T media group wants cybercrime legislation revisited

Trinidad and Tobago – The Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) is calling on the coalition people’s Partnership Government to redraft and revise legislation aimed at clamping down on computer hacking that Opposition legislators have warned could seriously affect press freedom… more

Friday, 20 June 2014 not worried about losing landlines

Barbados – As mobile phones become more pervasive across the island, telecommunications company LIME is not worried that customers will be giving up their landlines any time soon… more

LIME solves landline problem

Barbados – After days of experiencing disruption to their landline service, customers of telecommunications company, LIME, can now make contact with businesses and households without hindrance… more

BPO sector growth squeezed – Epstein

Jamaica – YONI Epstein is concerned about apparent stagnation experienced by the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector since the start of the year… more

LIME cuts call rate for data customers

Jamaica – TELECOMMUNICATIONS provider LIME has introduced a lower call rate of $1.99 per minute for prepaid mobile Internet customers… more

Local call centre lands US$20-m deal

Jamaica – FullGram International, a Kingston-based call centre, has secured a US$20 million ($2.2 billion) contract with US-based Education Source… more

Men accused of stealing cell site batteries remanded

Jamaica – TWO men who were allegedly found in a car with 10 cell tower batteries belonging to telecommunications company LIME, were on Wednesday denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court… more

Plenary session of parliament reconvenes on Monday regarding proposed merger between TELEM and UTS

Sint Maarten – A plenary session of the House of Parliament will be reconvened on June 23 in the afternoon… more

Saturday, 21 June 2014

More public WiFi access coming

Barbados – Plans are moving ahead towards the installation of WiFi access points at various bus stops and in the country’s south coast boardwalk area… more

Government To Ban Use Of Cell Phones While Driving

Jamaica – Motorists will have to get used to missing telephone calls and avoid reading text messages when driving, as new laws in the Road Traffic bill propose the banning of electronic communication devices while driving… more

Why Wait Another Year For Number Portability?

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: ‘Number portability by end of year’ was title of the story carried in The Gleaner on March 6, 2014, in which it reported State Minister Julian Robinson as saying that, by November to December, number portability would be implemented first with mobile numbers, and fixed lines coming on stream in the following year… more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagPublic Sector Information Security Prioritized

Saint Kitts and Nevis – A two-day workshop designed by The Department of Information Technology to strengthen and preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information within the public sector concluded today (June 20)… more

T&T companies win Microsoft Partner awards

Trinidad and Tobago – Five organisations based in T&T and the eastern and southern Caribbean were among the winners of the 2014 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards, which celebrates top partners solving customer challenges with creative technology solutions… more

Sunday, 22 June 2014

TechLink Kickoff in Barbados

Barbados – “Don’t Predict the Future; Enable It.” … more

A JC man at Flow’s control

Jamaica – IT was the inspiration of former Jamaica premier, Norman Manley, and his son, Michael, the island’s fourth prime minister, that propelled an aspiring young man to want to attend one of this country’s leading institutions of secondary learning, Jamaica College (JC)… more

Warning signals over two new T&T anti-crime bills

Jamaica – BOTH the Government and media enterprises of Jamaica should consider acquainting themselves with two new pieces of legislation introduced last week in Trinidad and Tobago’s House of Representatives as new initiatives to combat frightening levels of serious criminality, including rising rates of gun-related killings and violence… more

Duprey loses bid to ‘gag’ media

Trinidad and Tobago – The Central Bank’s multi-billion dollar claim against businessman Lawrence Duprey and his former executives will continue in the High court on July 30 as the lawsuit progresses to a case management conference set for that date by Justice Robin Mohammed… more

Trinidad and Tobago’s Cyber Crime Bill May Be The Beginning of an Already Failed Quest

Trinidad and Tobago – Probably wary of sporadic incidences in the world of virtual reality, the Caribbean Island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has ambitiously decided to make a mark in the international fight against cyber crimes by announcing the piloting of a cybercrime bill… more


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