Roundup: for the week ending 12 April 2015

A roundup of ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 6 April to Sunday 12 April 2015.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Beware the pitfalls of social media

Jamaica – Deputy Commissioner of Police Novlette Grant has urged young people who frequent social media sites to be careful of the messages they are sending about themselves… more

Mobay To Host ‘Tech Expo’ This Weekend

Jamaica – Jewel’s Unique Services & Events will be seeking to make a major imprint on local business when it stages its inaugural one-day Technology Business Expo 2015 at the Montego Bay Community College this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m… more

Cable & Wireless strengthens Caribbean position with Columbus acquisition

Regional – Increasing its presence across the Caribbean, comms titan Cable & Wireless Communications has completed its $1.85 billion acquisition of the total equity of digital cable TV and broadband provider Columbus International… more

Paying for phone service we’re not receiving

Trinidad and Tobago – It is with intense frustration that I bring to your attention my experience with Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)/blink… more

Union calls for deeper probe into CWC-Columbus merger:

Trinidad and Tobago – Within hours of announcements from Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International of the finalisation of their US$3.025 billion merger, the most vocal critic of the deal, the Communication Workers’ Union CWU), sent off letters calling for a deeper probe of its approval by the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (Tatt)… more

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Cable Bahamas, HBO team up to bring Game of Thrones to newcomers

Bahamas – BO’s Game of Thrones phenomenon is about to enter its fifth season, returning April 12 exclusively in The Bahamas on Cable Bahamas’ REVTV digital television service… more

Tech Report: Barbados To Establish Cyber-Crime Lab

Barbados – While participating in a panel discussion entitled  ‘The Internet, the Law and the Public: How Cyber Secure Are We?’, Acting Asst. Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce disclosed that the force was receiving assistance from an international agency, to establish a Cyber-Crime Lab… more

Telecoms merger good for customers

Regional – Two billion-dollar telecommunication companies have joined forces to take technology and customer service to the next level. Cable and Wireless Communications, which operates as LIME throughout the Caribbean, announced the company has complete its US$1.85 billion acquisition of all of the equity of Columbus International Inc… more

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

More CWC jobs likely

Barbados – It will be at least another year before Barbadians and others in the Caribbean see the consummation of the Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International Inc. marriage… more

New Internet laws on the cards

Barbados – LEGISLATION AIMED SPECIFICALLY at cybercrime may soon be coming for Barbados… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Digicel Cayman CEO sees room for growth, improvements

Cayman Islands – The chief executive officer of Digicel Cayman, in an interview with the Cayman Compass, said the country’s diverse population presents unique challenges for the mobile phone carrier… more

Donation of laptops to help NWDA

Cayman Islands – A technological helping hand is given to job seekers registered with the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA). The agency last week received 18 refurbished laptops from local company KRyS Global… more

12-year-old launches messaging App

Dominica – Competing against giant messaging Apps such a Facebook Chat and WhatsApp may sound rather daunting but 12-year-old Jaheim Pierre is going for it anyway… more

BRIEF-Eutelsat and Telespazio France win deal in Guyana

Guyana – Eutelsat Communications SA: … more

Poor quality internet service on ECD

Guyana Dear Editor, A delinquent and cheap internet service on the East Coast Demerara has been noticeable for some time now and we are beginning to think that it is a deliberate exercise to frustrate us… more

Are You a Cyber Criminal?

Regional“Every time we view images and videos, knowing they were recorded and shared without the consent of those shown, we become accessories to a criminal act. Every time we share such material, we become criminals…” … more

“Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas”

Regional – The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Secretariat for Multidimensional Security, and the information technology security company Trend Micro today presented the report “Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas,” which gathers the views of governments and security professionals from key industries, such as communications, finance, manufacturing, energy and security, on cyber vulnerability in the region… more

LIME parent buys regional telecom

Regional – Cable & Wireless, the London-based parent company of Virgin Islands telecommunications firm LIME, has completed a $1.85 billion acquisition of its major Caribbean competitor, the Barbados-based Columbus International Inc… more

Digicel joins Saint Lucia Internet Exchange

Saint Lucia – Saint Lucia’s Internet users can look forward to better connectivity and faster speeds between local Internet service providers (ISPs)… more

Sky brings a breath of fresh air

Trinidad and Tobago – “A breath of fresh air.” That is how programme consultant Jessie-May Ventour described Sky 99.5 FM, Guardian Media Limited’s (GML) newest radio station and the latest to join the FM bandwidth… more

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Digicel welcomes FTC decision on LIME/Flow

Barbados – The following is a statement from Digicel in response to the Fair Trading Commission’s approval of the Cable and Wireless Communications/Columbus International Inc merger… more

Don’t get caught in the web

Barbados – As much as the Internet is a reservoir of knowledge, it is also a playground for both prey and predator with access not dependent on country of birth, passport or visa… more

Online Potential

Barbados – MORE Barbadian goods and services need to be available online… more

British_Virgin_Islands flagBlogger paid to attack CCT, Penn wonders

British Virgin Islands – While explaining that CCT Global Communications was pressured into charging for incoming calls in the past, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Averad Penn, said it appears a competitor in the telecoms market is behind certain negative comments (blogs) in the online media about the local company… more

CWC/FLOW merger could result in more jobs

Regional – CEO of Cable and Wireless Communications, CWC, Phil Bentley, says the impending merger with FLOW’s parent Columbus International could create more jobs than previously estimated… more

Ministry Of Education Donates Six Laptop Computers To Operation Future

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Ministry of Education has fulfilled a request by Operation Future to donate laptop computers to aid in ongoing after-school and weekend programmes… more

CWC/Columbus merger subject to thorough analysis

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) says it approved the acquisition of Columbus International after long and careful analysis including consultations with other regulators in the Caribbean about the impact the acquisition would have on telecommunications in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in the Caribbean… more

Friday, 10 April 2015

BTC Staff On ‘Pins And Needles’ Over Job Cuts

Bahamas – BAHAMAS Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) president Bernard Evans said yesterday that employees at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) were on “pins and needles” over imminent redundancies, with a meeting expected with management early next week… more

THE ISSUE: Jury still out on merger

Barbados – What are the implications of the Fair Trading Commission’s conditional approval of the LIME and Flow merger? … more

BTL unveils 2015 Directory

Belize – The Belize Telemedia Limited unveiled the 2015 installment of its annual telephone directory, at a brief ceremony at its Church Street office in Belize City on Friday… more

Texts to warn of pending disasters

British Virgin Islands – The next time a hurricane threatens the Virgin Islands, residents are likely to receive text messages warning them of potential dangers… more

A Better Nation, By Design

Jamaica – WE marvel at its clean lines, powerful processing and the wide variety of apps available to give it added utility, uniqueness and value… more

First J’can extradited to US for lottery scamming pleads guilty

Jamaica – A Jamaican man pleaded guilty today in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida in Fort Lauderdale to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the Justice Department announced… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Flow Sues Former Boss, Digicel Over Departure

Jamaica – Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, trading as Flow, has taken its former managing director Sean Latty and Digicel Jamaica Limited to court seeking orders to bind Latty to his contract of employment with Flow… more

Regional digital currency boost

Regional – Bitt Digital Inc., a Barbados based company established to facilitate transactions involving digital currencies, has secured $3 million in capital to develop and expand its trading platform… more

Saturday, 11 April 2015

FTC upgrade

Barbados – A complete upgrade is coming for legislation governing the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) and the Office of Public Counsel… more

People’s Report: Lime Touches Base With Disgruntled Customer

Jamaica – This is LIME’s response to the article titled ‘Appealing to LIME for Internet service’ that was published in The Gleaner on April 4, 2015… more

Coming On Stream With Music In A Digital Age

Regional – Record and CD sales have been on a spiral decline since the early 2000s, having been replaced by Digital music sales… more

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Regulator, GT&T at odds with rate hikes rejection

Guyana – An application by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) to hike rates for a number of services has resulted in regulators now contemplating an investigation to determine the true value of the assets of the Telephone company… more

The Internet and some common scams

Guyana – It is becoming even clearer now. The internet as we know it is essential, one may even say critical to our daily dealings. Technologically, the leaps and bounds made to improve the way we communicate are astounding, to say the least… more

Jamaican companies failing at internet sales

Jamaica – COMPANIES in Jamaica with over one-quarter million online followers are failing to convert that interest into sales, argued social marketer Douglas Ames… more

NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE: Will Digicel buy what CWC must sell?

Regional – Who said this? “We are investing heavily in cable TV, content and fibre across our markets to ensure that (our company) is positioned at the forefront of a data intensive world . . . . We look forward to expanding our footprint further in this space in the coming year . . . more

FIU now target for scammers

Trinidad and Tobago – In two years, people living in T&T lost over $2 million to lottery scams… more


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