Roundup: for the week ending 22 March 2015

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 16 March to Sunday 22 March 2015.

Monday, 16 March2015

Lotto Scam Retreats – Gov’t, Cops Praised As Threat To ICT Sector Eases

Jamaica – AFTER FEARING for several years that the lotto scam was an imminent threat to their survival, stakeholders in the information and communication technology/business process outsourcing (ICT/BPO) sector say the danger is now almost non-existent… more

Odetta Rockhead, The Woman Who Conquered The BPO Challenge

Jamaica – Steeped with ambition and motivation and blessed with unbelievable self-belief, Odetta Rockhead, vice-president of the globally renowned Sutherland Global Services, is highly revered as one of the big success stories of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) sector… more

Tuesday, 17 March2015

Deadline Arrives For Btc Staff Over Severance Pay

Bahamas – YESTERDAY marked the deadline for Bahamas Telecommunications Company employees to accept voluntary separation packages, however officials from the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union did not expect many workers to accept the offers… more

DSC President Welcomes ICT Center of Excellence

Dominica – President of the Dominica State College (DSC), Dr. Donald Peters has welcomed efforts to establish the Center of Excellence And Innovation at the DSC campus… more

Telecommunications Minister Condemns Malicious Use of Technology

Dominica – Hon. Kelver Darroux, Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology has condemned the use of technology for malicious intent… more

Smartphones account for 39% of lines in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Smartphones will account for 66 percent of total mobile connections in the Dominican Republic by 2020, according to a recenty study by GSMA Intelligence, In 2014, smartphones accounted for 39 percent of total connections… more

BPO Industry to Generate 15,000 Jobs Over Five Years

Jamaica – The highly profitable Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry is poised to reap significant benefits for the local economy, with the generation of some 15,000 additional jobs over the next five years… more

Saint_Lucia flagSaint Lucia deepens investment in local technology sector

Saint Lucia – Saint Lucia is rolling out a series of training workshops intended to strengthen its information and communications technology (ICT) sector… more

Decision day for CWC-Columbus

Trinidad and Tobago – The Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) is expected to give its final decision on the proposed merger of Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International today… more

NEL, C&W begin talks on TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – National Enterprises Limited (NEL) the major shareholder in Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT), said yesterday it had no objection to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) re-entering the local telecommunications market after purchasing Columbus Communications International, the parent company of local telecoms provider, Flow… more

Why TATT blanked CWC

Trinidad and Tobago – Last week the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) issued its first statement on the application by Columbus Communications Trinidad Ltd (CCTL) for a change of control resulting from the proposed acquisition of its parent body, Columbus International by Cable and Wireless plc (CWC)… more

Wednesday, 18 March2015

BTC Now Deciding On Staff To Receive Severance

Bahamas – THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company is now in the process of deciding which employees are best suited to receive voluntary separation packages, according to officials from the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union… more

LIME deploys broadband upgrade

Belize – Controller in hand, eyes fixed on the flat-screen TV, Russell Jones was having a good time shooting people on Friday morning… more

Jamaica’s Own Money Advisor By Mobile Phone

Jamaica – Money advice is now only a click away with the launch of the Caribbean’s first mobile application dedicated to financial planning… more

TATT meets CWC, Columbus execs

Trinidad and Tobago – The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has made no final decision on Cable and Wireless Communications’s (CWC) bid to acquire Columbus International, whose Trinidad subsidiary owns Flow, the local cable TV and wireless services provider… more

TATT still reviewing CWC/Columbus

Trinidad and Tobago – Officials from Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications Trinidad Ltd (CCTL), trading as Flow, met Monday evening with the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT)… more

Thursday, 19 March2015

CIG seeks firm to deliver immigration online

Cayman Islands – As government makes promises of much more transparency regarding the immigration system, it has begun the hunt for a private sector partner to deliver the software for a system that would streamline communication between the Department of Immigration… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Planned outage for Logic cable customers in eastern districts

Cayman Islands – Cable customers in the eastern districts will experience an interruption in their service on Friday (20 March)… more

STEM makes science accessible

Cayman Islands – Bringing attention to the importance of science in our schools is one of the hopes for those behinds the 2015 STEM Carib Conference… more

Tech support scam strikes Cayman

Cayman Islands – A man who told Cayman 27 he was scammed out of nearly US$300 is speaking out… more

Roosevelt Skerrit Administration Embraces Technology

Dominica – The Ministry of Education has voiced its support for the establishment of the ICT Centre for Excellence and Innovation at the Dominica State College campus… more

CWC seeks buyer for stake in TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – Cable & Wireless is looking for a potential buyer to acquire its 49 percent stake in majority-state-owned incumbent operator Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT), NexTV Latam reports… more

DIRECTV protests Flow ‘piracy’

Trinidad and Tobago – DIRECTV is protesting what it calls the “continued piracy” by the local cable television provider, Flow, of several North American cable television channels… more

Friday, 20 March2015

Monopolies still alive and well

Barbados – JEFF SKILLING, the former chief executive officer of the former corporate giant, Enron, was once asked if he would withdraw from the market a product harmful to customers… more

BUSINESS BYTE: Digicel Business launches video surveillance solution

Dominica – Digicel Business today revealed details of its latest business solutions product, Digicel Eye, which sees customers across the region benefiting from always-on video surveillance that is accessible from any mobile device – delivering peace of mind 24/7… more

Digicel Deploys Wi-Fi Solution At Blue Horizons Garden Resort

Grenada – Guests at the Blue Horizons Garden Resort in Grenada are now experiencing world class Wi-Fi solution thanks to Digicel Business… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)LIME Ja boss pushes for legislation to protect telecoms industry

Jamaica – Garfield Sinclair, managing director of full-service telecommunications provider LIME, says that the frequency of copper cable theft continues to stifle its expansion efforts, even with the recent acquisition of Columbus Communications (Flow) and Dekal Wireless to broaden its reach… more

CBS to invest USD 400 mln in Central America in 2015

Regional – Columbus Business Solution (CBS), part of the Columbus Communications group, confirmed plans to invest USD 400 million in Central America during 2015, La Prensa reports, citing CBS Honduras manager Daniel Pineda… more

Call for clear decision from TATT

Trinidad and Tobago – Mobile provider Digicel has called upon the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to insist upon the production of an actual binding share sale/purchase agreement showing the divestiture by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) of its 49 per cent shareholding in TSTT before any approval is granted for the proposed merger between CWC and Columbus in Trinidad and Tobago… more

Saturday, 21 March2015

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Sunday, 22 March2015

Pandosoft goes hard into gaming

Jamaica – START-UP technology company Pandosoft is tapping into the multibillion-dollar global animation industry with its newest business venture… more

Bitcoin coming to T&T

Trinidad and Tobago – After two years of planning and development, Bitt—the Caribbean’s first bitcoin and digital exchange company— will be launched on March 30… more

Can’t Remember Your Password? Here Are Two New Ways To Log In

Regional – Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about reusing the same password too many times? … more


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