Roundup: for the week ending 26 October 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 20 October to 26 October 2014.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Information Security Management Systems seminar next month

Jamaica – JAMAICA will host a four-day seminar on Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) next month at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston… more

OpEd: Gossiping on Facebook Can Be Costly

Regional – “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  MLK … more

WTN Cable service to be back up by mid week

Sint Maarten – During the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday, October 13th, 2014 WTN Cable suffered damages to some of its satellites at its broadcast location at Harbor View and its transmitters/antennas at Fort Willem Hill, St. Peters Hill, Naked Boy Hill and Cole Bay Hill… more

Blink technology used for Divali Nagar global broadcast

Trinidad and Tobago – The annual Divali Nagar was launched with a spectacular opening ceremony in Chaguanas on Tuesday that was broadcast live around the world using Blink Broadband technology… more

Using ICT to improve agriculture

Trinidad and Tobago – The international community celebrated World Food Day on October 16, as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)… more

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 lands in Jamaica

Jamaica – A range of new devices were launched by Samsung last week Thursday at the Samsung Experience Store in Half- Way-Tree… more

$1.05 bil. upgrade to LIME Caribbean networks

Regional – Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) has unveiled a plan to spend more than $1 billion on network upgrades in the Caribbean… more

Guardian partners with Caribbean GIS to track chikungunya in the Caribbean

Regional – Everything about chikungunya is painful… more

The power of social media

Regional – Service industries have long understood the value of customer feedback as an effective tool to measure customer satisfaction and loyalty… more

DIGICEL launches Fibre

Trinidad and Tobago – It was a case of out with the “old” – copper and in with the “new” – fibre technology, when Digicel hosted a cocktail reception to launch “FIBRE to the Business” last Thursday… more

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Bahamas, The Next Big Thing in Information Technology?

Bahamas – BTC CEO Leon Williams called on the government to lead the way toward The Bahamas becoming the hub for regional information and communications technology (ICT) in his recent address to ICT professionals at the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2nd Annual National Training Symposium in Nassau… more Chief Calls For An Internet Exchange Point

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive has urged the Government to lead the way in making the Bahamas a regional hub for information and communications technology (ICT)… more

Customer Alert – Fraudulent SMS

Belize – BTL shares with you our customer alert on the recent fraudulent SMS being sent to our DigiCell customers. Call us at 119 to report any suspicious number sending a text message to you… more

SAT Telecom relaunches as Digicel Play

Dominica – Digicel Play, a new service provider borne out of the merger of Digicel Dominica and SAT Telecom has officially relaunched services in the country, promising customers affordable superfast broadband connections and cable TV access across the country… more

Tobago gets blink | bmobile Experience Store

Trinidad and Tobago – Gulf City Mall in Lowlands Tobago is home to the newest blink | bmobile Experience Store, completing the company’s move from the iconic Caroline Building in Scarborough that it had occupied for more than a decade… more

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Salaries in Business Process sector are competitive

Jamaica – Chairman of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Yoni Epstein says the organisation will be mounting a public relations campaign aimed at dispelling the notion that workers in the sector are underpaid… more

OECS education ministers focus on IT training for teachers

Regional – A regional education minister has pointed to the need for teachers to be adequately trained in the use of certain technologies before they are introduced into the classroom… more

Chairman, tech firm Davyn: Investing in IT can make companies more efficient

Trinidad and Tobago – Companies in T&T are still lagging behind in technology use and need to do more to implement relevant software systems to make their businesses more efficient, said Derrick Villeneuve, director of strategy and chairman, Davyn… more

Don’t be cyberbullies

Trinidad and Tobago – President Anthony Carmona urged University of the West Indies graduates to be agents of transformation within the society by refraining from cyberbulling on social media… more

President hits bullying on social media

Trinidad and Tobago – PRESIDENT Anthony Carmona condemned persons who use the Internet to denigrate others, an hour after the Office of the President confirmed legal action against radio host, Rachel Price, for alleged defamation of his wife, Reema… more

Friday, 24 October 2014

LIME’s 4G upgrade reaches Mandeville

Jamaica – LIME’s 4G network expansion has reached Mandeville, the telecommunications provider said… more

More Than 4,000 Tablet Computers Distributed to Students

Jamaica – More than 4,000 tablet computers have been distributed to 13 of the 38 schools earmarked to benefit under the Government’s $1.4 billion Tablets in Schools pilot project, which began in September… more

The Caribbean’s Innovation Generation

Regional – The Caribbean, although often depicted as idyllic relaxation under a palm-tree next to the sea, is in fact an emerging region of youth initiatives, events, and young professional organizations that are working towards empowering and inspiring new generations through entrepreneurship… more

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Cayman crime reports posted on TripAdvisor

Cayman Islands – Last week’s reports of several armed robberies in downtown George Town and along the southern end of the Seven Mile Beach strip garnered the Cayman Islands some unwanted publicity on TripAdvisor, one of the world’s premier travel websites… more

http://www.itu.intJamaica calls for increased ITU support

Jamaica – The Jamaican Government is calling for increased support from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for small island developing states faced with the rapidly changing telecommunications environment and increasing vulnerability to external shocks… more

LIME Upgrades St. Lucia

Saint Lucia – ON the heels of the recent announcement of a EC$35 million investment on the island, LIME has launched “Upgrade St Lucia”… more

MVP Treatment For Lime Customers This Christmas

Jamaica – Telecoms company LIME has made an early start for the upcoming festive season, with the launch of its latest promotion that will see customers winning a share of US$100,000, including a lucky winner receiving an all-inclusive trip for two to New York City to celebrate New Year’s Eve in true ‘MVP’ style… more

OAS and IDB Conclude Regional Workshop on Cyber Security

Regional – The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today concluded a “Regional Workshop on Cyber Security Policies” that took place in Washington, DC from October 22-24, and brought together officials from 28 OAS member states as well as experts from Europe and the Asia Pacific region to discuss priorities and a regional cyber security agenda for the Americas… more

Sunday, 26 October 2014

How secure is Jamaica from cybercrime?

Jamaica – BEING robbed creates a sickening feeling of vulnerability which is magnified when the robber is unknown. It is even worse when what is stolen is confidential information relating to one’s identity, medical condition and financial situation… more

Technology To Be Used To Advance Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College – Principal

Jamaica – Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Granville, St. James, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has made a commitment to utilize the technology now being made available to the institution, to enable it to become a SMART college… more


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