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Roundup: for the week ending 18 January 2015

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 12 January to 18 January 2015.

Newspapers B&W (NS Newsflash, flickr)Monday, 12 January 2015

BUSINESS MONDAY: LIME reports hefty profit

Barbados – CABLE and Wireless (Barbados) Limited also known as LIME has turned around from a loss of $43.0 million for the half year to September 2013, into a hefty profit for the same period to September last year… more

High school students to receive free tablets

Dominica – The Ministry of Education says government will soon launch a program to promote massive use of technology at all schools on the island… more

OECS seeks public views on CWC/Columbus

Regional – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has launched an initiative aimed at mobilising and sensitising the public of the sub-region to the recent moves by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) to acquire Columbus International… more

A review of the DL800

Regional – It seems like Digicel is steadily becoming a cellular brand in Jamaica. Since a couple months back, with the introduction of the DL600, there has been a swarm of new phones to the DL series… more

Mobile service interruption

Saint Kitts and Nevis – LIME wishes to advise all of its valued customers in the areas of Boyds and Trinity that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our cell site in the vicinity of Ross University… more

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Cuba expanding Wi-Fi

Cuba – Cuba’s telecommunications company says that it will offer Wi-Fi service in a public park in the country’s far east but only for access to the island’s restricted Cuba-only intranet… more

Digicel Modernizes Its Mobile Data Networks With Alepo AAA Solution

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica added Alepo’s Carrier-Grade AAA Server to its mobile network in order to support a rapidly growing subscriber base on 2.5G (GPRS), 3G, and 4G (HSPA+) mobile broadband networks… more

First 1000 Laptops Arrive For Schools

Saint Lucia – THE Government of Saint Lucia has received the first in a shipment of 7,000 computers from the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Canaima Educational Project… more

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

http://www.bahamaslocal.comCable Bahamas giving away $70,000 in prizes to new REVOICE subscribers

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas is welcoming new REVOICE subscribers to the REV family in a major way this season with its Rejoice with REVOICE holiday campaign… more

Cable Bahamas launches “Turn Us On” initiative to show their readiness for mobile license

Bahamas – With the impending award of a second cellular license for mobile telephone and data service coming this year, Cable Bahamas is staking its claim to becoming The Bahamas’ first company to offer an alternative in the market… more

DHL opens $30-m call centre in Jamaica

Jamaica – COURIER service DHL Jamaica has set up a $30-million call centre that employs 20 new staff… more

Google Will Launch Modular Cell Phone In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico – Google has chosen Puerto Rico as the place where it will do a limited pilot launch of its new modular cell phone later this year… more

160,000 New Customers Start 2015 with LIME

Regional – An “Upgraded Network,” revitalised brand identity, newly refurbished retail stores and amazing holiday deals attracted 160,000 new customers to the LIME network in only sixty days… more

ECTEL concerned about re-emergence of monopoly in telecoms sector

Regional – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is concerned about the reemergence of a monopoly in the sector with the recent announcement of by regional telecoms company LIME of its potential acquisition of Columbus Communications, parent company of Flow Cable Networks in the region… more

Thursday, 15 January 2015

MNP to be available from ‘day one’ of mobile competition, says URCA

Bahamas – Bahamian telecoms watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has set out its draft plan for 2015, marking out the liberalisation of the wireless sector as its primary focus for the year… more

URCA to consider ECS price cap

Bahamas – Within the first quarter of 2015, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) intends to consult on the design and implementation of a price cap for the electronic communications sector (ECS)… more

Cuba denies media reports of WiFi roll out in second largest city

Cuba – Cuba says it will not be offering wireless service in its second largest city Santiago de Cuba, as previously reported… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Development Bank (DBJ) provides $7.3 million to develop software for deaf students

Jamaica – The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided $7.3 million to the University of Technology (UTech) to continue the development of the U-Touch multi-media software, designed to enhance the learning process for deaf and hearing impaired students… more

LIME reports $60m loss due to cable theft

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica has reported a loss of J$60 million in 2014 due to cable theft… more

Minister Hylton expresses disapproval of LIME Cable thefts

Jamaica – The Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. G. Anthony Hylton, has expressed strong disapproval of the recent theft of copper cables from telecommunications firm, LIME… more

Digicel buying Bermuda Telephone Company

Regional – Digicel Group, the mobile phone network provider with operations in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania, has struck a deal to acquire Bermuda Telephone Company (BTC) – just six months after it was taken over by Canadian group Barrie OpCo… more

Three OECS tech companies make top 25 startups to watch in 2015

Regional – Two Montserratian startups and one Dominican-based company have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015… more

Government of Trinidad has its eyes on citizens

Trinidad and Tobago – Posts and opinions from users of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are being monitored by the Government. This includes comments posted on news sites maintained by media houses… more

TT parents get tools to create high performing children

Trinidad and Tobago – HIGH performing children. Sounds dramatic but a local company has partnered with a local web developer and other experts to provide the tools that parents can use to accomplish just that… more

Unipet launches gas card, mobile app

Trinidad and Tobago – The United Independent Petroleum Marketing Co Ltd (Unipet) has launched the country’s first consumer gas card and mobile app which allow customers to purchase fuel at any Unipet gas station without the use of cash… more

Friday, 16 January 2015

Latest BTC franchise opens on Gladstone Road East

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company, (BTC) is well on its way to achieving its commitment to have more than 60 branded BTC retail stores across The Bahamas by 2016… more

160 000 new customers start the year with LIME

Barbados – An “Upgraded Network”, revitalised brand identity, newly refurbished retail stores and amazing holiday deals attracted 160 000 new customers to the LIME regional network in only sixty days… more

Cuba flag (Wikipedia)Cuba’s pending tech revolution

Cuba – Cuba is on the threshold of getting, potentially, a massive technology upgrade, thanks to a U.S. decision to ease economic sanctions. But this tiny island nation needs a lot of work… more

Just how big is the Cuban market for US tech?

Cuba – People love the image of Cuba with its vintage 1950s cars, but unfortunately it’s tech infrastructure is not much newer. And that’s why U.S. tech companies are eyeing eased trade regulations with interest… more

Expedia group announces Caribbean expansion with Dominican Republic office

Dominican Republic – The Expedia group, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, has announced the opening of offices in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, the company’s first local offices in the Dominican Republic… more

No internet connection for two days

Guyana – Dear Editor, I am at my wits end right now… more

DBJ, UTech sign pact for phase two of U-Touch software

Jamaica – THE Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has provided $7.3 million to the University of Technology (UTech) to continue the development of the U-Touch multimedia software designed to enhance the learning process for deaf and hearing-impaired students… more

No Hand-Held Devices For Police While Driving

Jamaica – MEMBERS OF a joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the new Road Traffic Act on Wednesday shot down a request by the police to allow lawmen to use hand-held devices such as cellular phones or radio communication instruments while driving a motor vehicle or motorcycle, despite appeals from senior officers for an exemption for cops… more

Bell launches new Travel Data Passes with double the data

Regional – Bell has announced new Travel Data Passes with up to double the data for customers travelling internationally… more

Gov’t gives green light to CWC’s control of Columbus Int’l

Jamaica – TECHNOLOGY Minister Phillip Paulwell yesterday approved the transfer of control of Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (Flow) and Columbus Networks Jamaica Limited (CNJL) from their parent company Columbus International Inc to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) Plc… more

BTPSXM Calls on Government to set the record straight on Fraud Allegations

Sint Maarten – The Supervisory Board of the BTP SXM, after prior consultation with the Minister TEATT, has decided on this press release as it is evident that crucial available information within Government is not made available to all or considered which leads to the continued unfounded allegation of fraud at the BTP SXM… more

TelEm Group 2013 financial statements, 2015 budget approved at Annual General Shareholders Meeting Thursday

Sint Maarten – Prime Minister, The Hon. Marcel Gumbs, officially introduced himself and members of the Council of Ministers to members of the Supervisory Board of Directors and Management of the Sint Maarten Telecommunication Holding Company N.V. (SMTHC) for the company’s Annual General Shareholder’s meeting in the A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall, Thursday… more

Govt owes US$3m for licences

Trinidad and Tobago – Government ministries owe about US$3 million in outstanding license fees for using services from providers such as Microsoft… more

T&T AG claims court ruled against Rowley in emailgate scandal

Trinidad and Tobago – Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yesterday a legal victory was scored against Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley for what he said was his failure to file a defence in a defamation case against him, involving the allegations made in the emailgate fiasco… more

Saturday, 17 January 2015

West Terrace students receive tablets

Barbados – THE Class 3 students of the West Terrace Primary school were recently elated, when they and members of the school’s staff received a donation of roughly 120 Samsung galaxy Tablets… more

Guyana flag (Wikipedia)Internet service restored

Guyana – Dear Editor, We thank you for the opportunity to respond to Mr Leon Suseran’s letter published in Stabroek News on January 16, 2015 (No internet service for two days’)… more

US$22M EBD four lane extension…GT&T refuses to be drawn in quarrel over delays

Guyana – Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has denied that it is to be blamed for the delays on a critical section of the US$22M East Bank Demerara four-lane highway extension… more

Digicel fails to block rival’s Jamaica deal

Regional – Attempts by Denis O’Brien’s Digicel telecoms company to stymie Cable &Wireless’s $1.85 billion acquisition of Columbus International in Caribbean markets on competition grounds received a blow this week when Jamaica’s minister of science, technology, energy and mining Phillip Paulwell gave the deal the green light… more

Divided and Ruled

Regional – Somebody better be misquoting Phillip Paulwell… more

Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape

Regional – Officials from across the Eastern Caribbean are working on a joint response to major changes in the region’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape… more

Jamaica approves CWC/Columbus merger

Regional – Jamaica is the first country in the region to approved acquisition of Columbus Communications by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC). Approval was granted by that island’s Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell… more

MAS2 TV takes Caribbean culture to the world

Regional – Millions of people around the world will soon have access to the unique culture of T&T and the Caribbean on any media platform they choose through a new channel called MAS2 TV… more

Digicel: Roam like you’re home

Saint Lucia – PREPAID and postpaid customers from the region’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel are benefitting from truly great value when roaming with Digicel’s new “Roam Like You’re Home” Service… more

Sunday, 18 January 2015

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Image credits;  NS Newsflash (flickr);  Bahamas Local;  Wikipedia;  Wikipedia;  Wikipedia

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About the author

Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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