Roundup: for the week ending 8 June 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 2 June to Sunday 8 June 2014.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Dominican spectrum award may face legal challenge

Dominican Republic – The Justice and Transparency Foundation (FJT) has threatened legal action over alleged corruption in the recent award of mobile spectrum licences in the Dominican Republic… more

Dominican Republic ends unregistered Sim sales

Dominican Republic –The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) announced that the ban on the sale of unregistered Sims has taken effect. … more

Indotel seeks to reduce internet prices

Dominican Republic – The president of the telecommunications regulatory body of the Dominican Republic (Indotel), Gedeón Santos, said that he is evaluating to recommend the abolition of internet taxes as part of state policy to lower the cost of access to that service… more

Cable and Wireless puts J’can in frontline position

Jamaica – Grace Silvera now world spokesperson for telecoms giant… more

Digicel Postpaid Customers Share $10,000

Saint Kitts and Nevis – It certainly pays to pay your Digicel bill in full by the 10th of each month; and ten loyal postpaidcustomers so far can attest to this fact as well… more

TelEm Group preparing Ascension Day service interruption report for telecom regulator

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group is reporting a 100% restoration of international telecommunication service following a major outage on Ascension Day – May 29th… more

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Eight Licences Maximum Is Likely For Webshops

Bahamas – THE government will likely award a maximum of eight web shop licences as it moves to regulate the sector, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe told The Tribune yesterday… more

Syniverse to Provide LTE Roaming Trial Environment for Bahamas Telecommunications Company

Bahamas – Syniverse today announced it has signed an agreement with Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to provide an LTE roaming trial environment that will enable BTC’s transition to 4G roaming services… more

‘Glitch’ crashes Web service across Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Internet service from the telecom Claro crashed  across Dominican Republic Monday afternoon, attributed to glitches… more

Cops On Lottery Scam Fight: We Can’t Do Much More

Jamaica – The Jamaican police say there is not much more they can do in the fight against lottery scamming…more

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Bahamas lawyers up to deal with NSA spying

Bahamas – The government of the Bahamas has hired American lawyers to help with U.S. surveillance, after a report alleged that the National Security Agency was monitoring all the island nation’s calls… more

Bahamas Ministry of Education and Microsoft sign agreement to improve technology – The Bahamas Government has teamed up with Microsoft in a partnership agreement planned to further advance trends in technology that will result in changes in the way students and teachers work, learn and live… more

Bahamas To Take US Spying Claims To OAS

Bahamas – A Bahamas foreign service team will travel to Paraguay this week to address the Organization of American States (OAS) on the controversial allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States is recording and storing audio from every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas… more

Cell phones banned from classroom

Cayman Islands – In a bid to stamp out cyber-bullying, cell phones will be banned from all public schools… more

CARICOM needs to be prepared for data revolution, Grenada forum warned

Regional – As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) seeks to position itself to take advantage of the data revolution, it has been cautioned to prepare for an increased demand for information and a difference in the way it is collected and disseminated… more

Moonilal: Rowley pushing cyber spying

Trinidad and Tobago – UNITED National Congress (UNC) deputy political leader and Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal has accused the People’s National Movement (PNM) and its leader, Dr Keith Rowley, of instigating a cyber-spying society… more

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Bahamas powerless to stop U.S. spying, says Gray

Bahamas – The Bahamas government cannot stop the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States from listening to cell phone conversations in The Bahamas, Minister of Agriculture V. Alfred Gray said yesterday… more

CTEX At The IMN New York Conference “Staying Ahead Of The Curve On Services”

Curacao – As datacenters continue to evolve, service providers and enterprise customers alike are facing dramatic industry shifts… more

Dominican_Republic FlagOfficials warn of prepaid phones in crimes, but mum of latest ‘perp’ killings

Dominican Republic – Telecoms have more than five million unregistered prepaid phones that will be suspended by Dominican Republic’s regulator, Indotel, National Police Manuel  Castro warned Tuesday, just days after numerous killings of alleged criminals by agents… more

Authorities clamping down on use of cellphones while driving

Jamaica – Government, through the tabling of a revised Road Traffic Bill in Parliament, has announced plans to clamp down on the use of cellular phones and other electronic hand-held devices by motorists while driving… more

Virtual Educa a ‘huge success’

Regional – A future of technology-driven learning may be closer than you think. At the Virtual Educa conference held on May 19 and 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, technology players, international education experts, schools officials and students came together for expert workshops and training seminars… more

New Open Data Project to Support Business Innovation and Transparency in the Caribbean

Saint Lucia – St Lucia is taking the first step in making government data easily and freely accessible online… more

‘Internet the good, bad and ugly’

Trinidad and Tobago – Nazir Alladin, deputy chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has said because of the need to constantly promote cyber-safety awareness, will be partnering with the University of the  West Indies (UWI)  to launch a sensitisation  programme at the end of June… more

Teleios cops another Microsoft Global award

Trinidad and Tobago – A local software development company has won a global award – the Microsoft YouthSpark Citizenship Award for its annual Code Jam programme… more

TSTT records $505m loss

Trinidad and Tobago – State-controlled Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has recorded a loss of more than half-a-billion dollars for its financial year ended March 31, 2014… more

Understanding bitcoin and virtual-currency

Trinidad and Tobago – The T&T Computer Society (TTCS) invites anyone who wants to learn more about bitcoin and ‘virtual-currencies’ to a tech meeting on Saturday at UWI open campus, Gordon Street, St Augustine from 3 pm to 5 pm… more

Friday, 6 June 2014

D.N.A. To Join March For Freedom Of Information

Bahamas – THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA) will join activists, environmentalists and members of the trade union movement among others in a march and demonstration in Rawson Square on June 11 to agitate for the prompt implementation of a Freedom of Information Act… more

Bar Opposes Barrow – Bar & Opposition Leader Reject Barrow’s Re-Appointment of Judge

Belize – The Belize Bar Association has bucked heads with Prime Minister Dean Barrow again over the proposed re-appointment of Justice Samuel Awich to the Court of Appeal… more

Police backup drives also corrupted in computer crash

Cayman Islands – Searches continued Thursday for a large amount of apparently irretrievable Royal Cayman Islands Police Service data, with a new revelation that some of the government’s backup drives used to store the information were also corrupted during a major server malfunction… more

Haiti – Training : Planning for the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative

Haiti – Thursday, Laurent Lamothe joins MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty and administrators and MIT-Haiti Initiative leaders for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a joint partnership between MIT, Haitian educators, and the Haitian government… more now has half of fixed broadband market

Jamaica – TELECOMS provider FLOW gained nearly half of the broadband internet market from main rival LIME, according to the regulator, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR)… more

‘Full mobile penetration by 2016’

Jamaica – TELECOMMUNICATIONS provider LIME aims to get the entire population using Internet on their mobile phone within two years… more

Puerto Rico announces $17 million investment at tech summit

Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico has announced a $17 million investment to create an ultra-high-speed internet network to serve the island’s growing technology sector, which translates to up to $289 million in return… more

gen-E and Columbus Communications to Co-present on Accelerated Incident Resolution at Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit

Regional – gen-E, provider of a fully integrated approach to accelerating incident resolution in network and IT operations, today announced that the company’s chief technology officer, Duke Tantiprasut Ph.D., and the chief information officer of Columbus Communications, Andre Foster, will co-present at Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management (IOM) Summit… more

LIME St. Kitts Music Festival App Goes Live!

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Full Service Telecommunications Provider, LIME has partnered with local company CaribApp (a division of Caribbean Commerce) to deliver the first ever mobile app for the St. Kitts Music Festival… more

$115m profit for OCM

Trinidad and Tobago – For another consecutive year, One Caribbean Media Ltd’s (OCM) profit margins have remained healthy, with the Group’s 2013 revenues increasing by 12 per cent… more

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Internet Coverage delivers SOL Rally Barbados to global audience

Barbados – For the first time ever, petrol heads around the world were able to witness SOL Rally Barbados streamed live over the internet… more

CEO: TSTT’s financial position still strong

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT’s acting CEO George Hill said despite an estimated total comprehensive loss for the year of $505 million, the company’s financial position remains strong… more

CWU calls for forensic audit into operations

Trinidad and Tobago – John Julien, general secretary of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), yesterday called on Finance Minister Larry Howai to launch a forensic audit into the financial operations of TSTT… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago Flag“I’ve been hacked!” Moonilal angry over PNM e-mail leak exposing anti-Rowley campaign

Trinidad and Tobago – Accusing the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) of hacking into his e-mail, United National Congress (UNC) deputy leader Roodal Moonilal says he’s turning over to his attorney the issue of certain e-mails the PNM revealed on a San Juan platform on Thursday night… more

New email scandal

Trinidad and Tobago – GOVERNMENT Chief Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday said he would seek legal advice and described as “disturbing” what he said was the apparent interception of private emails of Government and public officials… more

UNC e-mail urges ‘full-scale’ attack to bring down Dr Rowley

Trinidad and Tobago – Always refer to him as Rowley, not Dr Keith Rowley… more

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Technology boosts medical symposium

Jamaica – THROUGH a $1.2-million sponsorship deal with Columbus Business Solutions (CBS), medical professionals are able to access their journals, consult with their peers, make live data-enabled presentations, complete on-the-spot surveys, and respond to emergencies remotely at this weekend’s Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) 49th annual symposium under way at the Jamaica Pegasus… more

Moonilal beefs up Internet security

Trinidad and Tobago – Housing Minister and Leader of Government business, Dr Roodal Moonilal, has increased his Internet security to stop hackers from accessing private and sensitive e-mails… more

TSTT’s plans to spend $4.3 bn for recovery

Trinidad and Tobago – In the face of a total comprehensive loss for its 2014 financial year that it estimated at over $500 million, TSTT has come up with a five-year strategic plan that envisages the majority state-owned telecommunications provider returning to profitability by the end of its current financial year in March 2015… more


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  • It will be great if lime achieves this. As it will help to push forward and make my app “Jamaica Treasures” which was released in the google play store last Thursday more accessible.

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