Roundup: for the week ending 2 November 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 27 October to 2 November 2014.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Bahamas should lead region in ICT

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (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 second annual National Training Symposium in Nassau… more

BTC execs rewarded after sale to CWC

Bahamas – While the Christie administration never revealed, as promised, the so-called “shocking details” of the controversial sale of 51 percent of the shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) in 2011, there is now evidence that some BTC executives were paid handsomely for their efforts in the transaction… more

613 Tablets Distributed At Sir Clifford Campbell Primary School

Jamaica – Distribution of devices under the Government’s ‘Tablets in Schools’ pilot programme continued on October 24, with 613 students of the Sir Clifford Campbell Primary School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland receiving tablet computers… more

Hinduja Global Solutions Expands Business in Jamaica

Jamaica – Hinduja Global Solutions Limited (referred to as “HGS” or the “Company”) (Listed on NSE & BSE, India) has been awarded a contract to deliver voice based customer care support by one of its largest healthcare client out of HGS’s Jamaica center… more

MSME Tech Boost Needed. Firms Missing Out On ICT Opportunities, Study Shows

Jamaica – THE INCORPORATION of technology in business operations is “an area of major need” for the country’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), a recent survey conducted among the players in the sector has found… more

Tech Times. Written And Compiled By Kareem Latouche And Stephanie Lyew

Jamaica – Tech poll of the week. Do you pay for a data plan (network provided 3G or 4G) or utilise wireless connection when available to browse the Internet and use mobile apps? … more

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BTC CEO: Leadership Should Factor Strongly in HR Management

Bahamas – BTC’s CEO Leon Williams knows what he wants from his HR team and he was happy to give his view on the matter to HR professionals and other attendees at the recent Bahamas Human Resources Development Association 25th Anniversary Forum in Nassau… more

Government of The Bahamas Selects Tyler Technologies’ iasWorld Appraisal and Tax Solution

Bahamas – Tyler Technologies, Inc. TYL, +1.36% announced today that the Ministry of Finance for the Government of The Bahamas has chosen Tyler’s iasWorld® property appraisal and tax administration software to be used by its Real Property Tax Valuation Unit (RPTVU). The contract includes software licenses, implementation services and support… more

Laing: Nothing nefarious about BTC bonuses

Bahamas – Former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing yesterday suggested that there was nothing “nefarious” about the decision to grant $1.5 million in bonuses to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executives who were integral in the controversial sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC)… more

Dominican_Republic FlagDominican Republic: LTE Deployment to Boost Data Consumption

Dominican Republic – Market Research Reports.Biz include new market research report “Dominican Republic: LTE Deployment To Boost Data Consumption” to its huge collection of research report… more

Beginning of the training for 40 Directors of High School (West)

Haiti – Monday to the Camping des Orange in Jacmel, Nesmy Manigat presided over the opening ceremony of the first training session that aims 40 directors of high school came from the West department, of a total of 203 concerned throughout the country… more

12 people arrested in St James lottery scam raids

Jamaica – Twelve people were arrested during anti-lottery scam operations in three St James communities early this morning… more

Phone evidence tendered at trial of policeman, sister

Jamaica – Call data records provided by telecommunications company Digicel was on Tuesday admitted into the murder trial of a former police constable and his sister… more

Digicel Launches The New DL750 Smartphone

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday launched the 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

LIME Caribbean Upgrades Digital Media Space

Saint Kitts and Nevis – LIME, the region’s leading telecoms provider, today launched the new Effective today, visitors to can now enjoy improved functionality, design and navigation… more

The task of tracking ChikV

Trinidad and Tobago – Everything about chikungunya is painful. Even the virus’s name comes from a Kimakonde word describing the contortions of someone suffering severe joint ache. Fever, rash, cramps, headache, nausea and fatigue are just some of the symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness… more

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BTC, Port Authority Force Stronger Ties

Bahamas – Relations between the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) were strengthened during a recent meeting of their top executives… more BTC sale bonuses ‘routine and standard’

Bahamas – Former Deputy Chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) Privatization Committee Julian Francis said he believes that misconceptions are fueling concerns related to the sale of the majority stake in BTC, adding that the recent revelation that 15 executives were paid $1.5 million in bonuses following the sale to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) is “reasonably routine and standard”… more

HBO ends dispute with WestStar

Cayman Islands – The new owners of cable company WestStar have signed an agreement with television network HBO Latin America to broadcast its package of channels bringing to an end a lengthy copyright dispute… more

LIME to invest USD 79m to expand HSPA+ in Jamaica – report

Jamaica – Lime, the Caribbean business of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), expects to invest USD 79 million to expand its HSPA+ operation in Jamaica, Telesemana reports… more

Roaming Costs Blamed For Ministers’ High Phone Bills

Jamaica – Julian Robinson, state minister for science, technology, energy and mining, who racked up comparatively low mobile phone bills totalling roughly $76,000 over an 11-month period, has sought to put the seemingly high bills incurred by his colleagues into perspective… more

Smart Mobile expands; introduces phone insurance

Jamaica – LOCAL phone repair and accessory company, Smart Mobile Solutions, is looking to reduce the mobile expenditure of individuals by up to 78 per cent with its newest product – Mobile Protection Plan (MPP)… more

Start-up tech companies perfecting pitches for Middle East investment

Jamaica – THE proposed plan by Jordan-based accelerator company, Oasis 500, to invest US$30,000 ($3.4 million) in selected local start-up technology companies by the end of September is now being extended to allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to undergo feedback cycles… more

Telstar Upgrading Cable System

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I write in response to a letter published in your newspaper on October 27, 2014 regarding the availability of the PBS channel through Telstar… more

LIME upgrades website in St. Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis – LIME, the Caribbean business of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), has launched a renewed website in St. Kitts and Nevis, SKNVibes reports… more

UTS implements prepaid data roaming

Sint Maarten – UTS has added to the versatility of its Chippie prepaid product by adding prepaid data roaming to the service offerings. This means that Chippie prepaid customers will be able to access data related services while traveling… more

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cayman Crime stoppers appeals for information

Cayman Islands – Mobile top-up machines seem to be back on the list for crooks looking for an easy target. Earlier this year several top-up machines were vandalised by cash-seeking thieves… more

Gov can order surveillance on anyone

Cayman Islands – Laws passed in the Cayman Islands have given the Governor the ability to place any person or group under information and communications technology (ICT) surveillance, without having a warrant issued from the courts… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)$3k reward offered after phone top-up thefts

Cayman Islands – Following half a dozen incidents at the beginning of this year in connection with damage to and theft of mobile phone top-up machines from various locations across the islands, the local branch of Crime Stoppers is upping the usual $1,000 reward to $3,000 for information that leads to a conviction… more

Dominican Republic, Haiti to address radio interference

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) and the National Telecommunications Council of Haiti (Conatel) initiated discussions at the highest level to seek solutions for the problem of radio frequency interference and other illegalities committed in the border area… more

Microsoft to help boost ICT use in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel), Microsoft Dominicana and the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) signed an inter-institutional agreement in which they agree to promote sustainable development, competitiveness, digital and technology inclusion of the agricultural and rural sectors, through the use of ICT… more

OUR admits directors’ appointment could be more transparent

Jamaica – THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it accepts concerns raised by the auditor general about the method of selecting its directors, but maintains that changes will require Cabinet and parliamentary approval… more

Revenues remain flat at O’Brien’s Digicel in first quarter

Regional – Revenues at Denis O’Brien’s telecoms group Digicel, which has operations in the Caribbean, Central America and the south Pacific, were flat in the first quarter of its financial year while its losses widened due to a sharp increase in the cost of servicing its debt… more

Nalis reaches out to everyone

Trinidad and Tobago – National Library Week continues until November 2 with programmes and activities. The National Library and Information System (Nalis) is mandated to cater for the information needs of all and cognisant of that fact it embraces those with special needs like the elderly and disabled… more

Visitors experience the latest in telecommunications technology at blink | bmobile Divali Nagar

Trinidad and Tobago – THE theme of this year’s Divali Nagar was Lord Shiva who is responsible for change and progress through the destruction of the old and reinvention of the new… more

Friday, 31 October 2014

Christie says he was surprised by BTC bonuses

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie said he was surprised to learn that Bahamas Telecomunications Company (BTC) executives associated with the sale of 51 percent of the company in 2011 were awarded $1.5 million in bonuses… more

PM: Govt Willling To Disclose BTC Sale Details

Bahamas – PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that while his government is willing to disclose details to the public about the 2011 sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company that took place under the former Ingraham administration, it must also consider its relationship with Cable and Wireless Communications, the company that took over BTC… more

Is there an ideal AML data storage and retrieval software program?

Cayman Islands – Many compliance professionals, especially in non-banking businesses, are struggling with the enormous volume of data and documentation that they are nowadays required to retain on their clients… more

Flag-map_of_Jamaica (By Andriyko_UA, Wikimedia Commons)Brown Seeks To Explain $1M Phone Bill

Jamaica – Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Arnaldo Brown says the more than $1 million in telephone charges he racked up within a year on his Government-issued mobile phone were genuinely incurred… more

Jamaica to set up cyber incident response team

Jamaica – Jamaica will be establishing a Cyber Incident Response Team as it moves to strengthen the country’s virtual security platform… more

CXC launches online store for past papers

Regional – TEACHERS and pupils will soon be able to have access to Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) past papers that will be available on the Internet… more

Caribbean tourism sector warned to make better use of technology or risk losing business

Regional – If the Caribbean tourism industry is not prepared to cater to visitors in this new digital age, they will lose business to destinations capable of doing so… more

OAS Joins in Recognizing October as “Cyber Security Awareness Month”

Regional – The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), recognizing that cyber security is a shared responsibility, and in an effort to promote a culture of cyber security and assist its members to do so, joined in recognizing October as “Cyber Security Awareness Month.” … more

BTP-SXM Meets With Regulators France & Netherlands

Sint Maarten – Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP-SXM), successfully concluded its meetings with the Regulatory entity and -administration in France and the Netherlands, during its visit this week… more

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Aspiring app developers prep for global market

Barbados – Practising and aspiring local app developers will soon get the opportunity to take their creativity and business acumen to another level, thanks to a new initiative by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) called the Industry Genius Mobile App Competition, which will help showcase their talent to a global audience… more

Sunday, 2 November 2014 the establishment of high schools 2.0

Haiti – High School 2.0 is a new concept launched by Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of Education and Vocational Training at the opening ceremony of the training session for principals of secondary schools in the West… more

Are ministers on their phones just giving laughs for pea soup?

Jamaica – I think not. It cannot be that we expect ministers of government to travel around the world begging telephone calls or hijacking host countries’ Wi-Fi passcodes to exchange data, connect to the Internet, or to send text messages back home… more

High phone bills more a symptom than the problem

Jamaica – THINK on these things. Every five years the People’s National Party (PNP) puts together a full slate of ‘war councils’ and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) does the same. They are both planning for elections… more

Addicted to cyberspace?

Regional – FOR many people, the Internet has become a crucial part of daily life. It is used for several purposes, improving tasks while also saving time… more

Information focus will combat disenchantment with Caricom

Regional – UNLESS the Caribbean Community Secretariat becomes better engaged in helping to educate citizens of the now 41-year-old regional economic integration movement, there could well develop a crisis of survival for the 15-member bloc of countries… more


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