Roundup: for the week ending 21 September 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region during the period Monday 15 September to Sunday 21 September 2014.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Dominican Republic to study antenna site sharing

Dominican Republic – The president of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel), Gideon Santos, has announced the creation of a commission to conduct a study on antenna site-sharing in the mobile industry… more

Digicel: Approval For Caribbean Fibre Network

Guadeloupe – Digicel has received the required approvals from Government and regulatory authorities with regard to its purchase of a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region… more

Digicel Business Helps Jamaica’s Business District Deliver World Class Service

Jamaica – The Business District is Jamaica’s first private serviced office complex. Renting fully-furnished offices – physical and virtual – as specified by its clients… more

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

US banned Chinese telecoms giant looking at Antigua-Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda – One of the world’s largest telecommunications company, Huawei of China, which has been banned from doing business with United States companies as a result of spyware discovered in some of its devices, has expressed an interest in doing business in Antigua and Barbuda… more

Columbus Business Solutions Levels the Playing Field for Students

Barbados – After receiving 60 new Samsung Galaxy 3 tablets from The Aron & Christina Foundation, Class 3 students from St Joseph Primary, St Bernard’s Primary and St Elizabeth Primary were able to go digital last Friday for the new school year… more

Grenada flagDigicel Doubles the Value for Grenadians

Grenada – Following Digicel’s successful launch of 4G Data technology in Grenada, Digicel is doubling the Value for Grenadians when it comes to prepaid data and postpaid smartplans… more

Education Ministry records noteworthy traffic on new website

Guyana – Having launched a refined website in July of this year, the Ministry has recorded an increase in the number of users accessing the site… more

LIME’s ‘rip and replace’ project interrupts mobile service

Jamaica – TELECOMMUNICATIONS provider LIME has recorded its highest increase in complaints over the last year… more

Moneague College Offering Training In Call-Centre Operations

Jamaica – FACED WITH reduced enrolment, Moneague College in St Ann has broadened its curriculum to include training in call-centre operations, with the likelihood of job placement immediately upon completion… more

Editor’s Pick: The Coolest Mobile App Builders in Latin America

Regional – “Mobile has been a blessing for nearshore companies.” These were the words of Alex Robbio, co-founder and president of Argentine software factory Belatrix, in a previous interview with Nearshore Americas… more

LIME committed to region

Regional – Barbados is to get a share of $2 billion in new investment telecommunications company Cable & Wireless (C&W) plans to spend… more

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Digicel Completes Acquisition of Telstar Cable Limited

Anguilla – Jamaican business is Digicel’s fourth Caribbean cable acquisition in the last number of months and will increase its cable footprint to six markets… more

CEO: LIME here to stay

Barbados – Telecommunications company LIME has not ruled out the possibility of an acquisition of, or collaboration with, its competitors in the future… more

LIME pledge

Barbados – Barbados is in line to receive a significant share of $2 billion in new investments that longstanding telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless has in store for the Caribbean… more Telecommunications Licence prohibit others – Dr. Mahadeo

Guyana – “While iNet Communications Inc has said that it has had a Telecommunication License for many years, I do not know any company other than the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) or Digicel that received a Telecommunication Licence.” … more

University of Guyana’s GT&T-funded Internet Resource Centre commissioned

Guyana – President Donald Ramotar today congratulated the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company for their contribution to enhancing the social development of students, as a result of their decision to renovate the Information Computer Technology Laboratory’s Resource Centre at the University of Guyana (UG)… more

Columbus Enables Live Broadcast of Exciting Guinness Concert

Jamaica – Columbus Communications, operators of the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands, announced this week a partnership brokered with Guinness Jamaica for the regional broadcast of the annual Arthur Guinness Day Concert… more

Draft cyber security strategy to be finalized

Jamaica – The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining is now finalising Jamaica’s draft cyber security strategy, according to junior minister Julian Robinson, who anticipates that the document will be completed within two weeks of the ministry’s recently-concluded two-day cyber security validation workshop… more

Regional ICT Week in St. Kitts, to focus on Security and Inclusion

Regional – The Federation is preparing to host Information Communication Technology (ICT) Week 2014 from September 22-26… more

Threat To Ban OTT Services On CTU Meeting Agenda

Regional – Dealing with threats by Caribbean telecom networks to ban ‘over-the-top’ (OTT) services would be a priority for telecommunications ministers, who meet in St. Kitts, Sept. 22 to 26, for the annual meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)… more

TSTT’s acting CEO resigns

Trinidad and Tobago – Acting chief executive of majority state-owned TSTT, George Hill, has tendered his resignation to the board, amid reports that some of the telecommunication provider’s local directors want to replace him with Digicel’s former country manager in Tobago… more

Friday, 19 September 2014

New Employment Opportunities for Young People in Area of Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Barbados – Barbadian Prime Minister Freundel Stuart expects new employment opportunities for young people in Barbados will be found in the area of information and communications technology (ICT)… more

St. Ignatius students take learning anywhere with new tablets

Cayman Islands – Forget pencil and paper, a stylus and touchscreen are the new tools of school. Thursday (18 September) St. Ignatius Catholic School issued 155 new tablets to students… more

Curaçao Company Fuuzle: New Supplier Of Information From Across The Globe

Curaçao – The digital world is teeming with information, yet a lot of it cannot be found via search engines or only after many hours of painstakingly surfing the net. The innovative company Fuuzle fills this gap… more

Chief Justice wants increased use of technology in court

Dominica – Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Dame Janice Pereira wants improvements in the preparation of transcripts in the court system… more

182 Information Technology Centres Established

Jamaica – A total of 182 information technology (IT) resource and skills training centres have been established across the country, as the Government continues to provide Jamaicans with access to information technology (IT)… more

Digicel turns major content provider following cable TV acquisitions

Jamaica – DIGICEL has bought a majority stake in the parent company of regional sports broadcaster, SportsMax… more

LIME employees rise to CEO’s challenge

Jamaica – WHEN LIME CEO Garfield Sinclair challenged employees to come up with an innovative idea to reduce the telecoms firm’s utility expenses, little did he know he would have been richly presented with a wide array of recommendations… more

LIME to begin network upgrade in MoBay in November

Jamaica – LIME is set to begin upgrades to its mobile and broadband platform in Montego Bay come November… more

Movements – LIME Switches Company Secretary

Jamaica – Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith is giving up the position of company secretary at Cable & Wireless Jamaica, which trades as LIME… more

CWC inks managed services deal with Comverse for LIME unit

Regional – LIME, the Caribbean unit of UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), has selected Comverse to provide managed services for a range of Comverse and non-Comverse products… more

Digicel acquires International Media Content

Regional – Digicel has acquired Saint Lucia-based International Media Content (IMC), parent company of regional sports broadcaster SportsMax, and North American broadcaster Ceen-TV, for an undisclosed amount… more

Digicel Buys SportsMax

Regional – Digicel has acquired majority ownership of International Media Content Limited, the parent company of regional sports broadcasting company, SportsMax, and North American broadcaster CEEN-TV… more

BrightPath Foundation brings TechLink to T&T

Trinidad and Tobago – Secondary school teachers and students will be immersed in a day of technology gadgets, spacemen and science experiments when the BrightPath TechLink program comes to T&T this month… more

Loss affected TSTTStories

Trinidad and Tobago – Chairman of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), Everald Snaggs, said the loss the company suffered in the last financial year was because of the huge undertaking of a five-year strategic plan… more

‘TSTT’s long-term plan to improve performance’

Trinidad and Tobago – In defending the telecommuni­cation giant’s performance, TSTT chairman Everald Snaggs said had it not been for the long-term, five-year strategic plan initiated last year, the company would have been making a lot of profits for NEL… more

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Phone fires

Barbados – A Fire official has linked some house fires to the careless charging of cellphones, warning that it was like playing Russian roulette… more

Online Security Strategy

Jamaica – The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has concluded a two-day event in Kingston with the government of Jamaica during which a draft of Jamaica’s National Cyber Security Strategy was presented and discussed publicly for the first time… more

IDB Launches Digital Platform to Promote e-Governance in LATAM

Regional – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a digital platform aiming to promote a more transparent and inclusive form of governing in Latin America by bringing citizens closer to their governments… more

Flag_of_Sint_MaartenMPs concerned about TelEm-Digicel accord

Sint Maarten – Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concern about the signing of a financial information sharing contract between the St. Maarten Telephone Group of Companies TelEm and regional telecom company Digicel… more

TSTT appoints new CEO

Trinidad and Tobago – State-controlled telecoms provider Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has appointed Ronald Walcott its new chief executive officer… more

Walcott new CEO of TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – The Board of Directors of Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) yesterday announced the appointment of Ronald Walcott as the new CEO of the company to take place with immediate effect… more

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Laptops for Huntley residents

Guyana – The Government of Guyana on Friday continued its One Laptop Per Family programme by distributing 191 more laptops, this time to residents of Huntley, Mahaicony. In this GINA photo Huntley residents wait for their laptops… more

What’s happening with the fibre optic cable project? – Harmon asks Ramotar

Guyana – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament, Joseph Harmon, is calling on the Project Manager of the E-Governance Unit, Alexei Ramotar, to be respectful towards the citizens of Guyana and at least let them know the status of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) project, commonly referred to as the Fibre Optic Cable Project… more

Cable theft plagues landline, Internet service

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, I live in the Boscobel Housing Scheme in St Mary, and for almost one month now the entire scheme has had no landline or Internet service from LIME… more

PSOJ, CBS join forces to put on tech-solutions workshop

Jamaica – POWERFUL private sector lobby group, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), will join forces with Columbus Business Solutions (CBS) to help entrepreneurs “transform their businesses through technology” in a SME workshop on Thursday in St Andrew… more

Cashing In On Social Media

Jamaica – Are local businesses cashing in on social media? A few, are, but most are barely scratching the surface in unleashing its potential to enrich their businesses… more

DL750 enhances customer’s smartphone experience: Digicel introduces the latest addition to its own brand smartphone range

Regional – Digicel just launched its DL750 – the next generation in its line of affordable smartphones which will offer customers the best value as it comes loaded with cool new features that will sure to suit their varying tastes and lifestyles… more


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