Roundup for the week ending 4 January 2015

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 29 December 2104 to 4 January 2015.

Monday 29 December 2014

ICTA sets up consumer complaints arm

Cayman Islands – Telecoms regulators plan to take a more active role in policing consumer complaints in an effort to improve standards across the industry… more

IDB To Launch New Open Data Portal On Development In Latin America & Caribbean

Regional – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) just revealed it will launch in the first quarter of 2015 Numbers for Development, a free and open data portal focused on Latin American and Caribbean development indicators… more

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Govt considering how to use BTC Foundation funds

Bahamas – Four months after Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and the government established the BTC Foundation, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government is preparing to send a number of options to the foundation’s directors on how it should spend the $1 million in its account… more

Darroux ready to take ICT sector forward

Dominica – Newly sworn in Minister for Telecommunications, Science and Information Technology, Kelvar Darroux has expressed determination to fulfil the Dominica Labour Party government’s goals and objectives as it relates to the Information Communication Telecommunication (ICT) sector… more

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

FTC still investigating LIME/Flow deal

Barbados – The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) is yet to deliver a verdict as it continues investigations into the proposed merger of telecoms companies Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International Inc… more

A Tablet for All – PM Barrow’s New Year’s message guarantees a tablet for all tertiary level students

Belize – My fellow Belizeans, 2014 was, by any measure, an extraordinarily successful year… more

FTC Has No Jurisdiction Over Digicel, Claro Merger – Appeal Court

Jamaica – The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) does not have the jurisdiction to intervene in the 2011 merger of telecommunications service provider Digicel with another operator Claro, which had operated independently in Jamaica up to then, the Court of Appeal ruled this month…. more

Scotiabank launches banking app for android users

Regional – Scotiabank has launched an app for android mobile phone users across the region… more

Thursday, 1 January 2015

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Cable & Wireless Communications Announces Unique Partnership With ‘Over-The-Top’ Music Streaming Service Deezer

Regional – CWC Customers across 15 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean can now access more than 35 million songs via Deezer’s Music Streaming Service… more

Saturday, 3 January 2015

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sandvoort residents accuse government, GT&T of neglect

Guyana – While most Guyanese were relaxing at home and enjoying the Christmas season, residents of Sandvoort Village, West Canje Berbice were contemplating what wrong they might have done to be neglected by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company and the government… more

Troubled E-Governance project… Taxpayers saddled with loan repayment

Guyana – A few weeks ago, there was the report on how former President Bharrat Jagdeo spent $20B from the treasury in a scheme designed to gain control of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector… more

Laptop lament

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, I purchased an HP Envy laptop at the HP Store in Tropical Plaza on December 23, 2013… more