Roundup: for the week ending 8 February 2015

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 2 February to 8 February 2015.

Monday, 2 February 2015

GT&T unveils cheaper, ten times faster internet speed this year

Guyana – As local telecoms companies ready for an open market, with new liberalization laws expected, there is good news for customers… more

Opposition welcomes National Cyber Security Strategy

Jamaica – Opposition spokesperson on Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Digital Society Development Dr Andrew Wheatley has welcomed the creation and launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy… more

Digicel Emerges as the Chairman of CANTO’s Board of Directors

Regional – On the 26th of January, Digicel was voted Chairman of the CANTO Board of Directors at the 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CANTO held in Paramaribo Suriname… more

Mitchell: Roaming bill too high

Regional – Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said roaming charges pose a challenge to an integrated Caribbean platform and are too costly… more

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Union Boss: Cable Staff Set To Take Strike Vote

Bahamas – A trade union leader yesterday said Cable Bahamas employees had agreed to take a strike vote, following Friday’s ‘sick out’ and increasing frustration over the company’s failure to conclude an industrial agreement… more

Dominican_Republic FlagHaitian radio and TV interference covers 40% of the border

Dominican Republic – The spokesman for the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in the Senate said that Haitian radio and telephone interference in the border area is reaching nearly 40%, which causes cultural, social and economic damage as well as endangers national security… more

J$29-b upgrade coming for LIME

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica today announced that parent company Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) is currently in Jamaica to give an update on a planned J$29-billion investment in technology upgrade… more

LIME To Pay Digicel $1.5 Billion

Jamaica – Telecommunication company LIME is to pay more than $1.5 billion to its competitor Digicel (Jamaica ) Limited for wrongly withholding money due for calls from LIME’s fixed-line customers to Digicel mobile phones… more

LaRocque: Critical role for ICT in Caricom

Regional – ICT is the new frontier for regional integration, Caricom Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said yesterday as he underscored the critical role of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in the integration architecture… more

Minister defends approval of CWC/Columbus

Regional – Just weeks after approving the US$3 billion acquisition of Columbus International by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, has defended the decision… more

Nevis seniors commence computer classes

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Senior citizens of Nevis now have the opportunity to learn to communicate with family and friends via the internet, through an eight-week introduction to computer class… more

Internet Society comes to T&T this week

Trinidad and Tobago – The Internet Society Deploy360 Programme will extend the discussion of emerging technology issues to more countries and promote technology dialogue at a local level through the addition of regions to its 2015 ION Conference Series… more

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Frank Schilling: Unlocking the value of domain names

Cayman Islands – There are many residents of Grand Cayman who have probably never heard of Frank Schilling nor of his Cayman-based companies, Uniregistry and DomainNameSales… more

Premier seeks CCTV upgrades

Cayman Islands – Government will significantly step up its investment in CCTV cameras around the island amid concerns that the quality of the images is not high enough at night… more

Digitalization of Civil Registry at an advanced stage

Dominica – The long waiting period in obtaining documents from government’s Registry will soon be a thing of the past… more

GT&T promises internet upgrade ‘in near future’

Guyana – Fixed line incumbent Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) has announced that it will introduce faster and cheaper fixed internet services ‘in the very near future’, whilst plans to upgrade its mobile networks with 3G and 4G technology are also in the works but will have to wait for the government approvals… more

Digicel labels Netflix streaming index unfair

Jamaica – NETFLIX, the US-based movie streaming company, has published an index that lists Digicel Jamaica as streaming its services at the slowest rate among providers in 26 nations… more

CWC holds first Board meeting for 2015 in Jamaica

Regional – Jamaica is hosting the first Board meeting of LIME’s parent company, Cable and Wireless Communication (CWC) for 2015… more

ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general

Regional ­– Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday underscored the critical role that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had to play in the integration architecture… more

OECS calls for removal of roaming rates

Regional – The St Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern States (OECS) Commission is calling for the removal of roaming fees attached to mobile calls between the nine-member sub-regional grouping… more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagDigicel launches ‘Digicel space’ Mobile Cloud Solution

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis today launched its innovative cloud storage solution, “Digicel Space”, a product that allows customers to backup and share information such as photos, videos, contacts and documents – safely and securely… more

Information system upgrade begins at Nevis’ Alexandra Hospital

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Health Ministry on Nevis continues to make strides to improve health care delivery on the island. The Alexandra Hospital began the first of a two-phase hospital system upgrade on Friday 30 January, 2015… more

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Former owners of BTL, BEL demand utilities back

Belize – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) asked the parties in the voluminous case of the acquisitions of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to submit on January 23 their suggestions for how the court addresses the issue of awards in its forthcoming judgment in the case, which was heard last December at its seat in Trinidad and Tobago… more

What if BTL Returns to Private Ownership?

Belize – With the decision by the C.C.J. imminent, there are already questions about the real, on the ground situation with Belize Telemedia Limited… more

Frank Schilling: A man who knows his domains

Cayman Islands – The narrative of Frank Schilling is a success story, punctuated with a cautionary tale for Cayman… more

HBO Expands Reach In The Caribbean

Regional – “HBO is proud to announce this expansion with Digicel in the Caribbean, further demonstrating our commitment to the region and signifying another positive step towards establishing legitimate relationships with authorized distributors in these markets,” said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Affiliate Relations at HBO Latin America… more

International Telecommunications Union: ITUI50 Awards Call for Nominations

Regional – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), celebrated each year on 17 May, marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865, which led to the creation of the International Telecommunication Union… more

BLINK’s ‘TV anywhere’ is a game changer

Trinidad and Tobago – BLINK Entertainment customers can look forward to viewing TV anywhere, at any time, on any device with an internet connection… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagBlink Entertainment introduces ‘TV anywhere’

Trinidad and Tobago – Blink Entertainment customers can look forward to viewing TV anywhere, at any time, on any device with an internet connection… more

US$7m needed for cellphone jammers

Trinidad and Tobago – An additional US$7m is needed to procure cellular phone jammers to be placed at the prisons throughout the country to ensure that criminals are prevented from having contact with the outside world… more

Friday, 6 February 2015

BTC now providing LTE coverage in Acklins Bahamas

Bahamas – BTC now has over ninety LTE sites nationally. Just recently three of the six mobile towers in Acklins were upgraded to provide 4G LTE services to the island. The towers located at Lovely Bay, Spring Point and Salina Point, now have 4G LTE services… more

Digicel Business introduces affordable range of cyber security solutions

Jamaica – ICT solutions provider Digicel Business says it has introduced an affordable suite of cyber security options for businesses under its cloud-managed security portfolio… more

Ja has world’s fastest Government and regulator, says Dehring

Jamaica – LIME Jamaica Chairman Chris Dehring has likened the speed of the Government’s approval of the CWC/Columbus merger to that of the island’s world-beating athletes… more

LIME to pay Digicel for withholding money

Jamaica – Telecommunication company Lime is to pay more than J$1.5 billion to Digicel (Jamaica) Ltd for wrongly withholding money due for calls from Lime’s fixed-line customers to Digicel mobile phones,” the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper reported… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Netflix Ranks Digicel As Slowest In The Region

Jamaica – Internet content provider Netflix has panned Digicel’s wireless service as the slowest in the Latin American and Caribbean region – a ranking the telecoms dismissed as flawed analysis… more

Our Moving Fast To Address ‘Cell Hell’ Grouses

Jamaica – We have taken note of the article headlined ‘Jamaica’s cell hell’, published in The Gleaner on Monday, January 19, 2015, written by your columnist, Dr Garth A. Rattray… more

Paulwell Not In Full Agreement With Our Internet Penetration Report

Jamaica – Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell is pouring cold water on the latest Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) annual report, which has revealed continued low levels of Internet penetration on the island… more

Samsung launches selfie-designed smartphones

Jamaica – SOUTH Korean technology company Samsung has launched its newest smartphones on the Jamaican market — Galaxy A3 and A5… more

Antigua welcomes CWC/Columbus merger

Regional – Antigua welcomes the US $3 billion merger between Cable and Wireless Corporation and Columbus International but a regulatory framework must be in place first, Melford Nicholas, the island’s Minister of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology said yesterday… more

Cybercrime threat to region

Regional – Caribbean countries are at risk of cyber terrorism attacks and cybercrimes as the developing world boosts its information and communication technology (ICT) solutions, according to Phillip Paulwell, president of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)… more

OECS calls for removal of roaming rates

Regional – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is calling for the removal of roaming fees on mobile calls between the nine-member sub-regional grouping… more

OECS to tighten regulations in ICT sector

Regional – Market competition within the information and communication technology (ICT) sector was discussed at the 60th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority held on Wednesday… more

The Leading Entertainment Provider Launches With Digicel In Six Countries

Regional – HBO Latin America, the sole authorized distributor of HBO content in the Caribbean, continues its expansion in the market through a recent commercial agreement with Digicel in several countries, including Turks & Caicos, Dominica, Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and Jamaica, with further growth planned down the line… more

“MyDigicel App” – Customer Care Solutions in the Palm of your Hands

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Gone are the days when you had to rely on a store to purchase credit or call customer care to find out your data balance, all thanks to the new and improved “MyDigicel App”. Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis customers can now take care of many of their customer service needs straight from their handsets… more

TelEm, UTS face problems in upgrading local networks

Sint Maarten – Given difficulties experienced by telecommunications consumers which have become worse recently, The Daily Herald has approached the two main Internet and telephony providers, TelEm Group and United Telecommunication Services (UTS), for insight… more

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Amateur Radio Club Gets C’dIan Aid

Saint Lucia – THE Government of Canada will provide over CA$25,000 to the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club to improve amateur radio coverage and communication in Saint Lucia, in the event of a disaster… more

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Grenada PM calls for unity in plans to develop Single CARICOM space

Grenada – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Monday said there were still many “vexing” issues confronting the Caribbean as it moves to establish a single Caribbean Community (CARICOM) information, communication and technology (ICT) space… more

Lenovo introduces cutting edge technologies to business community

Guyana – Officials of the Lenovo Group Limited, in collaboration with local technology giant STARR Computer Inc. and Vishnu Panday Associates, hosted a technology forum for corporate and business entities at the Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday last… more

Royale PC replaces tablet

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, On January 22, 2014, I bought a Super Pad IVIEW seven inch Android Tablet at Royale PC & Electronics Ltd, Shop 2 Tropical Plaza, 12 Constant Spring Road. The price of the tablet was $22,000… more

Beyond the digital divide

Regional – By 2016, one per cent of the world’s population will own more than half of its wealth… more

Leaders reject establishment of OECS consumer protection body

Regional – Leaders at the just concluded 60th OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), Authority meeting in Martinique have rejected a proposal for the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Competition Commission, which would serve as the main consumer protection body for member states… more

 

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