Roundup: for the week ending 13 July 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 7 July to Sunday 13 July 2014.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Haiti: Digicel blocks Voice over Internet Apps for Illegal Tax

Haiti – Haitians using services such as magicJack and Skype to communicate with loved ones overseas will no longer be able to through Digicel… more

Bmobile ‘okay’ with VoIP

Jamaica – Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an “inescapable” feature of modern telecommunications and comparable to “e-mail and games” on a mobile network, a release from Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) stated yesterday… more

JLP opposed to blocking VOIP

Jamaica – OPPOSITION spokesman on ICT Dr Andrew Wheatley has expressed concern about plans by Digicel and LIME to block voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) applications from their network… more

Regulator to step in over VoIP concerns

Jamaica – Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is to meet with mobile operators Digicel and LIME as well as consumer groups to discuss the cellcos’ recent blocking of unlicensed voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services such as Viber and Skype… more

Wheatley knocks govt for Jamaica’s drop in UN ICT ranking

Jamaica – Opposition Spokesperson on ICT, Digital Society Development, Science and the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, is knocking the Government for Jamaica’s decline in ranking, based on the latest UN e-Government Survey… more

Defending An Open Caribbean Internet

Regional – “…we are empowering individuals and businesses to get the best out of the internet when and how they want.” – Mark Linehan, CEO of Digicel Jamaica… more

Viber CEO: Digicel block illegal

Trinidad and Tobago – VIBER, one of the VoIP apps blocked by Irish telecom provider Digicel, said yesterday the move would be considered illegal in most countries… more

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

World Cup broadcast rights and wrongs

Cayman Islands – Football fans are crying foul over World Cup coverage issues across the Caribbean… more

E-business workshop launched in Dominica

Dominica – An e-Business workshop which will incorporate an e-Commerce Diagnostic Assessment of participating firms around the OECS member states has been launched in Dominica… more

Digicel’s VoIP Shutout Excuse Is Drivel

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I wish to respond to a guest column (‘Viber, others robbing Jamaica of revenue, Digicel says’, July 5, 2014) by Gail Moss-Solomon, head of legal and regulatory affairs at Digicel Jamaica… more

National authorities examine broadband pricing regulations

Saint Kitts and Nevis – National authorities around the Caribbean are in St. Kitts receiving expert level training in effective broadband pricing by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)… more

No VOIP ban for bmobile

Trinidad and Tobago – The decision on how to treat with customers using VOIP is based on what each local mobile provider knows of the capabilities of its network, TSTT said in a media release yesterday… more

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Trinidad and Tobago – THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has asked Digicel to hold its hand on blocking certain third-party Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) while an investigation into the matter is ongoing… more

TATT to probe Digicel’s ‘Voice’ block

Trinidad and Tobago – THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has launched an investigation into Digicel’s decision to block certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications from its network… more

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cable Seeking $15m Over Rubis Gas Leak

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas is suing Rubis and the operator of its Robinson Road gas station for up to $15 million in damages, alleging that their “negligence” resulted in its property being contaminated by a 20,000-30,000 gallon-strong gasoline leak… more

VIDEO: Bahamians React to NSA Surveillance

Bahamas – Nearly two months after The Intercept revealed that the National Security Agency has used the Bahamas as a “test bed” for a powerful surveillance system that can collect and store an entire country’s phone calls for up to 30 days, government officials and residents of the Caribbean nation remain conflicted over the spying… more

America Movil selects Alcatel-Lucent for 4G LTE network in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Telecom operator America Movil has selected Alcatel-Lucent to roll out 4G LTE network in the Dominican Republic … more

Dominican Ombudsman wants Indotel to review telecom tariffs

Dominican Republic – The Office of the Ombudsman has requested that the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) work to improve the price of telecommunications services, reports Listin Diario… more

US$33-m BPO projects in the pipeline

Jamaica – EIGHT technology projects valued at $3.7 billion are currently slated for Jamaica… more

Start-Up Jamaica Ready For ‘Tech-Preneur’ Pitches

Jamaica – A new initiative to jump-start Jamaica’s entrepreneurial tech sector is now up and running and is taking lessons from countries as diverse as Chile, Vietnam and Jordan… more

Viber, Nimbuzz, and Other VoIP Apps Are Now Working Again in Jamaica After TATT Investigation Launches

Regional – After being banned by Jamaican carrier Digicel over what can easily be described as mobile carrier greed, it appears that Viber and other VoIP applications that were banned by Digicel are now back online, … more

Digicel returns VoIP services

Trinidad and Tobago – Caribbean mobile provider Digicel yesterday agreed to allow its customers to access popular “free calls” applications Viber, Tango and Nimbuzz once again after the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) started an investigation into complaints made about Digicel’s action… more

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Cybercrime: No Bajan business is safe

Barbados – Barbados businesses are among those who should be wary of the threat from cybercrime… more

Big Story: Tech businesses await IP reform to expand

Cayman Islands – O2 Micro’s technology products are found in laptops, tablets, and TV sets from big name manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, and Apple… more

Haiti – Social : Blocking of VoIP by Digicel, who is affected ?

Haiti – Since 17 June 2014 on the 4G network of the company Digicel, all applications (among others: Viber, Skype, Tango, Nimbuzz, MagicJack), which runs on devices using a SIM card are blocked… more

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Jamaica – The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) task force yesterday started to interrogate 15 people who were detained during anti-lottery scam operations in the parishes of St Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover between Thursday and yesterday morning… more

Poor Service From LIME Customer Care Agent

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: Having noticed that each time I added credit to my phone it would mysteriously disappear before I could get the chance to make calls, I decided to seek assistance from LIME in order to stop this from happening… more

Start-Up Jamaica Attracts Tech-Savvy Entrepreneurs

Jamaica – A new initiative to jump-start Jamaica’s entrepreneurial tech sector is now up and running and following the lead of countries as diverse as Chile, Vietnam and Jordan… more

Caribbean elections will be won or lost with social media

Montserrat – Two digital media strategists believe that how political parties use social media in the coming years will impact their chances at the polls come Election Day… more

Cellular providers block ‘free’ call apps in Caribbean angering consumers

Regional – A decision by one of the Caribbean’s largest cell phone companies to block popular Internet call apps from using its network is catching the wrath of consumers… more

Charge your cellphone, laptops before going to airport!

Regional – TRAVELLERS on flights leaving Jamaica’s international airports will soon be required to have charged cellular phones, laptop computers and other devices as part of new security measures being implemented by the United States’s Transport Security Administration (TSA)… more

Free calls could come to an end

Regional – Talking and messaging using apps that offer the service for free, could become a thing of the past… more

TSTT workers walk off the job

Trinidad and Tobago – A number of TSTT employees, at Caroline Building in Scarborough, walked off the job yesterday morning, citing unsafe conditions… more

Friday, 11 July 2014

LIME summer programme launched

Barbados – THIRTY STUDENTS, including two who are differently abled, will take part in the LIME Summer Internship Programme this year… more

Belize Named in Billion Dollar Securities Scam

Belize – The internet and news outlets, including CNN, have been abuzz since Thursday and today about a company called CYNK Technology and its networking site Introbiz whose address was traced to the Matalon building here on Coney Drive… more

PUC launches innovation programme for young entrepreneurs

Belize – The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is looking for young aspiring Belizean entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in a competition that may, down the road, make them a lot of money and name recognition… more

Government: IP reform “essential element” to tech industry

Cayman Islands – Government told Cayman 27 they are in the advanced stages of drafting new intellectual property laws… more

BUSINESS BYTE: SAT introduces 50 free music channel to digital line-up

Dominica – SAT Telecommunications today announces the launch of 50 music channels that are now available to customers – free of charge… more

Dominica flagFormer Marpin boss demands compensation; threatens lawsuit

Dominica – Past manager of Marpin 2K4 Ltd, Pericson Isidore, has given his former employer 14 days to comply with a letter demanding compensation for “wrongful dismissal” or the matter will be taken to court… more

Government’s Hands Tied In VoIP Blackout

Jamaica – There is nothing the Government can do to provide redress for Jamaican consumers who feel undone by the restriction on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) applications by telecoms providers Digicel and LIME… more

Airwatch Offers Means To Police Company Data On Mobile Devices

Jamaica – Mobile security firm AirWatch says it is eyeing Jamaica and the wider Caribbean as fresh territory to market its proprietary software which, it says, can discretely monitor use of company infor-mation on mobile devices… more

Multiple arrests in anti-lottery scam operation

Jamaica – Western Jamaica was the focal-point of local and foreign officials yesterday, July 10, as the police move to clamp-down on lottery scamming activities in Jamaica… more

Viber Reports Uptick In Traffic Amid VoIP Blockade – Telecoms Effort Described As Bad For Business, Education Services

Jamaica – A blockade of Internet-calling services, or VoIP, by local telecoms could impact the development of entrepreneurial companies in the technology sector and other services, sector interests say… more

St Kitts Rejects Bitcoin for Citizenship By Investment Programme

Saint Kitts and Nevis – St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment programme does not recognize the software-based currency Bitcoins as a legal investment currency, the government said in a statement issued Thursday… more

Kids excited as CoderDojo comes to TT

Trinidad and Tobago – As the youngsters delve into the electronic age and are eager to conquer the challenges that computers, ipads, kindles and iphones pose to them, a group of 20 students had the opportunity, courtesy Digicel and the University of the West Indies, to participate in the first CoderDojo in the Caribbean… more

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Intellectual property strategy in the works

Barbados – GOVERNMENT, with the assistance of the World Intellectual Property Organization, has formulated a national intellectual property strategic plan with the objective of making our economy more competitive globally… moreproperty takes on 30 interns

Barbados – Thirty young people will enter the world of work with Barbados’ leading telecommunication provider LIME when the company’s 2014 Summer Internship Programme starts on Monday… more

Forbes: Designing for Mobile Digital Content in the Caribbean

Regional – My desktop is only for traditional work, no Facebooking, Tweeting or Instagraming. Note, though, that I do use these social networks for what I call virtual work. I know, I know, there’s no such thing! Work is work! … more

FLOW Speeds Up The Net

Saint Lucia – THE internet super highway here has become better but only for customers of Columbus Communications St. Lucia Limited operating under the Flow brand… more

3rd Circuit rules on Mount Pleasant cell tower dispute

United States Virgin Islands – The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed in part and reversed in part a District Court decision to dismiss a complaint filed by Mount Pleasant homeowners against InSite Towers and the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources about the construction of a cellular transmission tower in the homeowners’ back yards… more

Sunday, 13 July 2014

VoIP Block Is Not A Net Neutrality Issue, Says Digicel

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica has confirmed that it is still blocking Viber and other VoIP providers, despite reports that many people are still accessing the services via its network… more


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