Roundup: for the week ending 29 June 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 23 June to Sunday 29 June 2014.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Ex Telecom chief: We pay Latin America’s most expensive broadband

Dominican Republic – Former Telecomm Institute (INDOTEL) José Rafael Vargas on Saturday denounced that the country pays Latin America’s most expensive  broadband and access, as the result of lack of investment and expansion… more

ZTE Wins Wind Telecom Contract to Build First 4G TD-LTE Network in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (h share stock code:0763.HK / A share stock code), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, announced that the company won a contract from Wind Telecom to build the first 4G TD-LTE network in the Dominican Republic… more

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

US remains silent on Bahamas spying

Bahamas – The government of The Bahamas is still awaiting an official response from the United States over the allegations that its National Security Agency (NSA) is recording and archiving every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said on Sunday… more

Re-acquisition Case Heads to The Caribbean Court of Justice

Belize – In the Court of Appeals today was Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay on behalf of Fortis and other interested parties who are seeking to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in regards to the second acquisition of Belize Electricity Limited and Belize Telemedia Limited… more

Digicel hosting disaster preparedness seminars for businesses

Jamaica – DIGICEL Business will today host the first of two Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity seminars to help its corporate clients prepare in case a hurricane strikes… more

Mobile App Lets You Predict World Cup Match Results

Trinidad and Tobago – World Cup Football followers now have a new way of sharing match predictions with friends and fellow fans… more

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

OECD study on impact of high telecom termination rates

Bahamas – A new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), telecoms analysts has revealed the practice where governments of countries including Ghana, impose artificially high termination charges on inbound phone calls from abroad… more

Digicel Haiti blocks VoIP applications

Haiti – Digicel Haiti, the country’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has announced that a number of ‘unauthorised’ voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications have been blocked by its network, starting on 17 June 2014… more

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Electronic Information Must Get Priority Security Treatment

Saint Kitts and Nevis – It is important that we pay attention to the way we manage electronic data says Pierre Bowrin, ICT Policy Advisor, Department of Information Technology… more

Getting started with Ecommerce

Regional – ARE you the owner of a retail store and have been thinking about expanding your business online? Or are you entrepreneurial minded and considering opening an online store? This article will give you an overview of what you need to start a full ecommerce business… more

IPI to Govt on Cyber Crime Bill: Media needs time to tell of concerns

Trinidad and Tobago – The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) has jumped into the local debate over the Cyber Crime Bill piloted last month by National Security Minister Gary Griffith… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagPutting technology as another jewel in Tobago’s crown

Trinidad and Tobago – “CLEAN, green, safe and serene”, Tobago has earned a reputation for development in harmony with the environment. A place where modern amenities for world class tourism and business meet traditional values and a passion for culture. In the midst of all of this, residents work hard to preserve the island’s unique character and independent spirit… more

LIME To Roll Out Mobile TV Soon

Turks and Caicos Islands ­– In a matter of months, LIME, with its acronym being Landline Internet Mobile Entertainment, is to launch Mobile TV – the Entertainment element of the offering – in the Turks and Caicos Islands… more

Friday, 27 June 2014

BTC cell optimization exercise set for completion in late July

Bahamas –BTC’s mobile internet optimization programme for improved network stabilisation is set for completion in late July… more

BTC expecting cell service disruptions through July

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) mobile customers could experience “cell phone difficulties” until the end of next month, as BTC seeks to upgrade its system, Senior Vice President of Brand and Communications Marlon Johnson said yesterday… more

Education Meets Technology – Techlink

Barbados –After the successful launch of TechLink this past November in Grenada, Columbus Communications and the BrightPath Foundation partnered once again to kick off the initiative in Barbados… more

Belize lags behind in Internet Use & Affordability

Belize – Belize sits at the bottom of the ranking in the area of internet use in the Caribbean region… more

Haines bonds cell phone firms

Cayman Islands – Derek Haines has thought up another revenue stream to achieve his $1 million Cayman HospiceCare target and in the process has united the island’s two main telecommunications companies… more

KM2 Bulks up in the Caribbean, Establishes DR Operation

Dominican Republic – Nearshore BPO provider KM2 Solutions has expanded to the Dominican Republic with the launch of a contact center in the Caribbean country… more

Grenada to distribute tablets in schools in September

Grenada – The government of Grenada expects to launch a program to distribute tablets across the country’s schools in September, Caribbean Journal reports… more

Digicel starts accepting cash payment at selected store

Guyana – Digicel Guyana announced that postpaid mobile subscribers can now pay in cash at selected Digicel stores across the country… more

LIME And Avaya Team Up

Jamaica – Telecoms firm LIME and global business communication solutions firm Avaya recently partnered to host local business persons in Montego Bay for the first Avaya Experience Tour… more

Saturday, 28 June 2014

St. Maarten Cable TV Premieres Fun Miles

Sint Maarten – Thanks to new Fun Miles partner St. Maarten Cable TV, cardholders can now save Fun Miles by simply relaxing in front of their television screen. For every Dollar spent at St. Maarten Cable TV, they will receive one Fun Mile… more

TelEm Group says Letter of Intent signed with UTS has expired.

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group today officially announced that a Letter of Intent signed with UTS in March this year for exclusive partnering negotiations between the two companies has expired – and will not be renewed until further notice… more

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Cuba flag (Wikipedia)Google’s Eric Schmidt reportedly visits Cuba

Cuba – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt doesn’t stay put for long. After visiting North Korea and Myanmar last year to advocate for increased internet and mobile connectivity in those countries, Schmidt reportedly visited Cuba this week… more

Cyberwar! Government Moving To Clamp Down On Computer Hackers

Jamaica – The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) has signalled that it is in the process of organising a three-pronged assault on cybercrime… more

Digicel blocks unlicensed VOIP services

Jamaica – Effective immediately, Digicel has blocked unlicensed Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services from its network… more

Digicel Mulls Banning Viber, Other ‘Unlicensed’ VoIP Services In Jamaica

Jamaica – Jamaican users of free voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services such as Viber may soon be denied access via the Digicel network if recent developments in Haiti are anything to go by… more

New E-Report: Exploring Trinidad’s Climate for F&A Outsourcing

Trinidad and Tobago – Trinidad and Tobago has begun to emerge as a small, but formidable outsourcing destination despite having a relatively brief history in global services, finds Nearshore Americas’ newest E-Report, which includes results from a recently conducted independent survey… more


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