Roundup: for the week ending 7 December 2014

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 1 December to 7 December 2014.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Cable Bahamas enhances TV signal quality with $400,000 42-foot mega satellite antenna

Bahamas –  Cable Bahamas has invested more than $400,000 in a new satellite antenna that enables the company to reduce costs and enhance its REVTV signal quality on all digital and HD signals… more

Yellow Pages Launches 2015 Directory With New Features

Jamaica – The Jamaica Yellow Pages (Jamaica YP) directory you knew is about to change… more

ITU releases development index: Region’s score improves but ranking falls

Regional – On Monday, 25 November, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) published its Measuring the Information Society Report 2014 in which it highlights key technology and developments worldwide and tracks the cost and affordability of telecommunications services as of the end of 2013… more

Telecommute to a new Trinbago

Trinidad and Tobago –  “Work is something you do, not something you travel to; work is what we do, not where we are.”  … more

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

LIME Antigua & Barbuda launches the Caribbean’s first mobile 4G LTE network

Antigua and Barbuda – LIME Antigua and Barbuda launched the fastest and most advanced 4G network in Antigua & Barbuda and the first AWS mobile LTE network in the Caribbean on Thursday, November 20… more

Be on cyber alert

Barbados – It would be prudent of consumers and companies at the start of one of the heaviest shopping seasons in Barbados to tighten cyber security… more

LIME launches ‘upgraded’ Christmas promotion

Barbados – LIME CUSTOMERS ARE in line to win $200 000 in cash and prizes this Christmas… more Was Behind BTL’s System Wide Collapse?

Belize – At least 144,000 thousand customers on BTL’s network experienced interruption of cellular and internet services yesterday from about 2 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. or later in some areas… more

BUSINESS BYTE: Digicel Play offers HBO movie channels to customers as Christmas gift

Dominica – Digicel Play is thanking its customers this Christmas by adding HBO premium movie channels to its line-up for the month of December for free along with the chance to win a shopping spree as part of Digicel Play’s Supermarket Sweep promotion… more

DIGICEL spreading Christmas cheer through social media

Dominica – Digicel is ensuring that the most wonderful time of the year is even more social this festive season with the launch of its “#ChristmasTogether” Facebook campaign… more

Flow From Haemorrhoid

Jamaica – Regular readers remember Haemorrhoid (real name Ernest H. Flower), an articled clerk who wasn’t the type to permit work to kill him… more

LIME reviewing paper billing charge

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) yesterday announced that LIME will defer implementing its planned charge for residential customers who receive paper bills. The decision, the regulator said, follows the telecoms giant’s consultation with the OUR on November 21… more

Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Implement Number Portability By May 31, 2015

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, has reaffirmed Government’s commitment to implement number portability in Jamaica by May 31, next year… more

Senior citizens exempt from paper-bill charges – LIME

Jamaica – Telecommunications company, LIME, says that senior citizens (customers over the age of 65) will be exempt from charges related to receiving paper bills… more

10 keys to improving the Caribbean telecom sector

Regional – For all the very real risks of consolidation taking place in the Caribbean telecommunication sector, equal focus should be placed on the opportunities for the region to accelerate its development agenda… more

Bima Receives a $5 Million Investment from Digicel Group to Bring Microinsurance to Asia Pacific and the Caribbean

Regional – ima, the leading global microinsurance provider, announced a 5 million USD investment from Digicel Group, the leading total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions… more

Cable & Wireless Communications Selects Funambol to Power Caribbean’s Premier Operator Personal Cloud Service

Regional – Funambol, the leading provider of white-label personal cloud solutions, today announced that LIME, the Caribbean’s leading telecom, from Cable & Wireless Communications, is using Funambol to power the region’s premier operator personal cloud service… more

Cable & Wireless Wins the Americas TMT Deal of the Year Award 2014

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has won the TMT Deal of the Year for the Americas Award (2014) for the acquisition of Grupo Sonitel… more

Columbus-communications logo (Source SLU News Online)Columbus Networks Awarded “2014 Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier”

Regional – Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the Caribbean, announced today that its subsidiary Columbus Networks in a joint venture with Cable & Wireless has been awarded for the second year in a row “Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier” at the 2014 Global Carrier Awards… more

LIME Responds to Customers’ Concerns

Saint Kitts and Nevis – In response to customer feedback, LIME has decided not to implement the paper bill fees, as previously advised… more

CCN CEO: Outstanding

Trinidad and Tobago – Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) chief executive Shida Bolai said yesterday she was pleased with the 2014 MFO survey results which showed the CCN Group maintaining its leadership position in both print and broadcast… more

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

BTC upgrades LTE coverage

Bahamas – As a part of the recently announced $26m in mobile network upgrades, BTC is increasing its LTE coverage, by enhancing sixty-seven existing mobile sites throughout The Bahamas… more issues its Final Determination on the Assessment of SMP in the Electronic Communications Sector in The Bahamas

Bahamas – Today URCA issues its Final Determination on the Assessment of SMP in the Electronic Communications Sector in The Bahamas… more

URCA rejects Cable’s 19% BTC ‘switch’ find

Bahamas – Regulators have rejected Cable Bahamas’ assertion that the pay-TV market is easily accessible to new competitors, despite a survey showing 56 per cent of broadband Internet subscribers might sign up to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) IPTV product… more

URCA Sponsors Students to Regional Training Workshop

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has made it possible for two technical education students to enhance their knowledge of the rapidly developing area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) through a regional workshop… more

Web shops pay $5M in back taxes

Bahamas – The government has collected $5 million in web shop tax arrears as of December 1, according to Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe… more

Regulator gets tough on dropped 911 calls

Cayman Islands – Regulators will compel Cayman Islands telecoms companies to upgrade their networks as a matter of “national security” in the wake of a series of connection failures that prevented emergency 911 calls from getting through… more

Digicel fibre network to help create ‘smart cities’ in Jamaica

Jamaica – DIGICEL yesterday said that its underground fibre network will help create ‘smart cities’ in Jamaica… more

Technology Minister warns telecommunications companies of strong action to come

Jamaica – Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell has warned that strong action will be taken against telecommunications companies which are unable to meet the May 31, 2015 deadline for number portability… more

Telecoms sector developments discussed at forum

Jamaica – Mergers and Acquisitions in the Telecoms Sector: Implications for competition was the theme for a public forum put on by the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona on Thursday November 27… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Telecoms Triumph In VoIP Stand-Off

Jamaica – The Jamaican Government has signaled that it is preparing to end the free ride for providers of internet calling and data services, known as Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), some of whom have refused to enter into licensing agreement with telecoms on whose networks their services terminate… more

CDB to assist regional businesses with management accounting systems

Regional – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will be hosting a three-day sub-regional train-the-trainer workshop (TTW) on “Management Accounting Systems for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)” from period December 3-5, 2014 in Barbados… more

Telecom consolidation — An opportunity to evolve

Regional – The Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) announcement of its plan to acquire Columbus International (Columbus) signaled a major turning point for the Caribbean telecommunications sector… more

Thursday, 4 December 2014

BTC $26M LTE upgrade ongoing

Bahamas – As part of the $26 million in mobile network upgrades recently announced by Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), the company is increasing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage by enhancing 67 existing mobile sites throughout The Bahamas… more

Miranda Speaks on The Fluctuation of BTL’s Services

Belize – If you are a subscriber of Belize Telemedia Limited, you might have been frustrated on Wednesday when you realize that services such as 4G. 2G, Internet and text messaging services were either down or not functioning properly… more

Digicel expands with new smartphones

British Virgin Islands – Digicel continues its mission to bring the best value to customers this Christmas with the introduction of the new Digicel DL800 and DL900 Smartphones, for less than $100… more

Jamaica to regulate VoIP services

Jamaica – The Jamaican government is drafting regulations to govern the operations of voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony providers in the country, while it will also be looking to collect tax revenue from VoIP operators… more

OECS telecom ministers in emergency talks today

Regional – Telecommunications ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will meet in Castries, St Lucia, today to discuss the planned merger of British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (CWC) and Columbus Communications International… more

TATT aims for January completion

Trinidad and Tobago – TELECOMMUNICATIONS Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) chairman Selby Wilson yesterday said the regulatory body is poised to complete its review of the proposal by Cable and Wireless Communications to acquire Columbus International Inc by January… more

Friday, 5 December 2014

Barbados flagFTC wants to hear from you

Barbados – THE FAIR TRADING COMMISSION (FTC) is inviting residents to submit their comments on the proposed merger of two of the telecommunications providers in the Barbadian market… more

The data ‘downfall’

Barbados – Inadequate data is hitting Barbadian businesses where it hurts most – their profits and revenues… more

Futurologist: Digitalization will ‘disrupt healthcare, economy’

Cayman Islands – The world of the future will be fully digitalized. Driven by Moore’s Law which stipulates that computer power doubles every 18 months, computer chips and the Internet will capture and control every facet of life, according to physicist and futurologist Michio Kaku… more

Blog Awards to recognise trendsetters in social media

Jamaica – SOCIAL media company Daily Veritas and telecoms provider Digicel will today host the inaugural Caribbean Blog Awards to recognise companies and individuals who have stood out in their use of social networking… more

eMedia eyes Stock Exchange listing with ad agency launch

Jamaica – Tyrone Wilson, president and chief executive of eMedia Interactive Ltd, said that launching the start-up’s advertising agency, named ‘Branded’, would form part of its growth strategy to eventually list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE)… more

Cable and Wireless/Columbus “monopoly” worries Caribbean telecoms ministers

Regional – Telecommunication ministers from the Eastern Caribbean will work with T&T industry authorities to protect the region’s consumers… more

Cable & Wireless Communications’ Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Merger with Columbus International

Regional – Shareholders of Cable & Wireless Communications plc (“CWC”), the parent company of LIME, today voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Columbus International Inc. (“Columbus”), operator of the consumer brand, Flow… more

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Panel discussions coming on CWC, Flow merger

Barbados – Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International will, from Monday, embark on a major public relations campaign in the wake of widespread criticism of the deal brokered between the two companies… more

Social media bashing out of bounds

Barbados – WE AGREE with Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe that those who use social media must be more responsible… more

OpEd: The Information Revolution is here!

Belize – The history of the world has been marked by great revolutions… more

Digicel Charging For Inconvenience?

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: Since Friday, November 29, about 5 p.m., I have been greeted by this recording on my Digicel phone: “Your call is being made through an invalid route. Please contact your service provider. You are being charged for this call.” … more

Running Out Of Radio Room?

Jamaica – A few days ago, I was in the parking lot of a supermarket, about to turn off the car’s engine and the radio along with it, when a news item caused me to pause… more

http://www.ectel.intC&W-FLOW GLITCH – ECTEL says They Must Have Joint Licence

Regional – SAINT LUCIA and two other countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), for the time being, will continue to enjoy the services of Flow and LIME as they currently exist despite the acquisition of the former by the latter, announced last month… more

C&W shareholders give proposed merger the nod

Regional – Shareholders of Cable & Wireless Communications voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger with Columbus International, C&W representatives say… more

Columbus Points to Merger Benefits

Regional – THE recent acquisition of Columbus Communications by Cable and Wireless will ensure a place in history for Caribbean people, Columbus said yesterday… more

Regional regulators worried about monopoly

Regional – Telecommunication ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) say the proposed acquisition by British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (CWC) of Columbus Communications International, would result in the formation of a monopoly in the sub-region… more

Sunday, 7 December 2014

LIME-Flow committed to customer service

Barbados – The acquisition of Columbus’ Caribbean operations, if approved, would create a hybrid entity in which residential and business customers would enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to customer service says LIME Barbados Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Chatten… more

Advertisers Lobby Demands Apology From EMedia

Jamaica – The Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) has taken umbrage at a comment from a young agency, in business now for six years, suggesting that ad services are too costly… more

Jamaica in this age of unified information

Jamaica – ON any given day we observe our younger population developing crick necks as they sit tweeting, googling, IMing, posting, tagging, liking, blocking, downloading and uploading, editing, updating, gaming, Skyping, Face Timing, Instasizing, picstitching, flipgraming, tindering, transferring, trading, shopping, dating, studying, researching, learning and yes, still old-school texting on platforms we older folk don’t even know about… more

Cable & Wireless Communications’ CEO, Phil Bentley: ECTEL will not hold back deal

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) chief executive, Phil Bentley, has given a commitment to Caribbean governments and regulators that if the company’s US$3 billion acquisition of Columbus International is approved, the enlarged CWC will not negatively impact competition in the cable and broadband markets… more

Cellphone-use linked to brain tumours

Regional – A new study has concluded that long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk of developing a glioma, the most common form of brain tumour… more

Digicel Enters Microinsurance Market With Swedish Partner

Regional – Mobile insurance product provider Milvik, a Swedish company which trades as Bima Mobile, is seeking a country manager for operations in Jamaica amid plans to roll out a mobile platform for microinsurance products… more

We’re not peeved, all we want is a level playing field, says Digicel Group CEO

Regional – SURPRISINGLY, Colm Delves didn’t bristle when the Jamaica Observer asked him why is Digicel so peeved at Cable and Wireless Communications’ (CWC’s) acquisition of Columbus Communications… more


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