Roundup: for the week ending 26 July 2015

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 20 July to Sunday 26 July 2015.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Union Unsure Of Number Of BTC Staff To Be Laid Off

Bahamas – BAHAMAS Communications and Public Officers Union Secretary General Dino Rolle yesterday said he was unsure how many employees will be laid off by BTC in this round of downsizing but said the company has already started issuing separation packages… more

Flow-ing all across the island

Barbados – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) took to the streets over the weekend with a mini-Crop Over-type motorcade as the company continued to Paint Barbados Blue, launching its refreshed consumer brand Flow… more

Dominican developing 3D animation game

Dominica – Albert Pierre, 28, of Grand Fond who resides in the USVI is in the process of building a 3-dimension video game which he believes will help market Dominica internationally… more

Over 90 Educators Better Skilled In ICT

Dominica – On Friday July 17th, over 90 individuals were awarded certificates at a closing ceremony of a two week Information and Communication Technology Training Programme… more

Operators Worldwide Look to GLDS for Customer Management, Billing & Provisioning

Regional – Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc. (GLDS), the leading provider of customer management and billing systems for the small to medium-sized broadband service providers, today announced it has recently converted five new operators to its WinCable® subscriber management and billing system in the last 6 months, including Digicel Group … more

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cayman by numbers: population grows nearly 6%

Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands population has grown by over 5.8%, from 55,036 people in 2010 when the last national census was conducted to 58,238 at the end of last year… more

As Havana opens Washington embassy, bipartisan bill seeks to improve Internet access in Cuba

Cuba – On Monday, the Cuban government officially opened an embassy on United States soil for the first time since 1961, a key step in updating US-Cuba relations for the 21st century… more

Guyana flag (Wikipedia)Private Citizen triumphs over GT&T at CCJ

Guyana – Within weeks of hearing an appeal made by Mr. James Samuels, the Caribbean Court of Justice (“CCJ”) unanimously overturned the Guyana Court of Appeal’s decision that Samuels’ use of VoIP breached his contract with GT&T… more

Mobile Top-Up Company Promotes Family Planning With Free Minutes

Haiti – Ding, a mobile top-up company,  partnered with Haiti Projects, a nonprofit organization working in rural Haiti to lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies in the region… more

Jamaica’s venture capital programme ranks ninth in Caribbean and Latin America

Jamaica – Jamaica’s efforts to put venture capital into the investment and entrepreneurial mix are paying off. The Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) has ranked the country ninth in its 2015-2016 Scorecard, thereby placing Jamaica ahead of the Dominican Republic and Argentina… more

Branson launches Caribbean entrepreneurship centre

Regional – Richard Branson and Virgin Unite-founded Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship-Caribbean (BCOEC) has launched a non-academic online skills training programme to increase its intake of potential entrepreneurs across the region… more

Cable & Wireless Reiterates Guidance As First Quarter Revenue Up 4%

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications PLC Tuesday reiterated its guidance for its current year to end-March 2016, as it saw revenue rise 4% in its first quarter… more

Cable & Wireless Sales Rise as Columbus Deal Offsets Slow Mobile

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications Plc said first-quarter sales rose 4 percent as the acquisition of Barbados-based Columbus International Inc. helped offset a flat performance at its mobile phone business… more

CCJ rules against Guyana telephone company in VoIP case

Regional – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) breached its contract in disconnecting a customer’s internet service because of his use of Vonage, an internet phone service which uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology… more

Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion!

Regional – A few years ago retired General Colin Powell was toying with the idea of running for the presidency of the United States… more

Q1 2015/16 Trading Update

Regional – This announcement provides an update on the First Quarter performance and financial position of the Group since the year ended 31 March 2015. Interim results for the period ending 30 September 2015 are expected to be announced on 5 November 2015… more

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

BTCLogo (The Eleutheran)BTC Roaming Rates ‘12x Higher’ Than Caribbean

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) controlling shareholder yesterday said it had little choice but to slash roaming rates that were 12 times’ higher than the Caribbean average, a move that caused a 9 per cent slump in its total mobile revenues… more

BTC Targets B2B, TV Markets For Cable ‘Fight Back’

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is targeting the business and video markets to “fight back” against Cable Bahamas, having already installed its new TV product for the 12 sets in Prime Minister Perry Christie’s Cable Beach home… more

Customers to enjoy better experience with MQI through new software solution

Barbados – Customers of McEnearney Quality Inc. (MQI) can look forward to improved and more responsive communications when having their vehicles serviced thanks to a new software system installed recently… more

Fair Trading Commission has new board

Barbados – A NEW BOARD has been appointed to the Fair Trading Commission, effective Friday, July 10, 2015 until July 2018… more

ON THE LEFT: Marketers looking for what works best

Barbados – TWITTER, YOUTUBE and LinkedIn hold the top spots for future plans. A significant 66 per cent of marketers plan on increasing their use of these social networks… more

THE ISSUE: Media of choice for most

Barbados – A LARGE NUMBER of Barbadian businesses have a Facebook page. In fact, many of them have a dedicated space on this social media network but do not own a website… more

Is Technology Holding a Grip On Our Children

Belize – Technology has become a vital part of our society. Whether you are watching television, making a call or using the internet; we use technology every day, but what effect is it having on us… more

Digicel Grenada Announces New Prepaid Voice Plan

Grenada – Digicel Grenada has launched its new amazing value “Digicel ZERO” prepaid rate plan… more

Dangerous duality in digital experience design

Jamaica – A sparkling, voluptuous body, sitting on beautiful wheels with a deep, throaty growl emanating from the tailpipe… more

LIME Ja continues to grow mobile sub base

Jamaica – THE LIME Jamaica branded telecom continued to gain mobile subscribers at double-digit levels up to its first-quarter ending June 2015, according to its regional telecom parent Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC)… more

Paulwell to address telecommunications conference in Miami

Jamaica – Minister of Science Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, will deliver an address at the ministerial panel of the 31st annual telecommunications conference in Miami, USA, next week… more

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

Regional – A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams… more

Thursday, 23 July 2015

100 Staff Take BTC Severance

Bahamas – SOME 100 workers at BTC have accepted voluntary separation employee packages as a part of BTC’s downsizing operation, Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union President Bernard Evans said yesterday… more

C&W Unveils the ‘new’ FLOW and Creates History in Barbados

Barbados – Telecoms history was made in Barbados today as Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) officially launched its retail brand, Flow, for its newly combined consumer group… more

US$160 million CW investment for Barbados

Barbados – CABLE and Wireless (CW) is investing US$160M in Barbados as the company rolls out its new retail brand Flow on the island as part of its merger with Columbus Communications. Barbados is the first country to launch the newly combined retail brand. Niall Sheehy, Country Manager of the “new” Flow, revealed a number of significant developments for Barbados… more

The future is technology in the hands of our youth

Jamaica – If we need evidence that Jamaicans can be trained to manage, develop, and handle any and all technologies, we just have to look how easily Jamaicans, especially the young, have been able to use the various types of cellular phones, tablets, and computers with which they have been provided… more

Cable & Wireless CWC logoCWC reports US$583 million revenue

Regional – CABLE and Wireless Communications (CWC) has reported Group revenue of US$583 million, an increase of four percent in the first quarter of the 2015 financial year… more

To Delete or Not Delete

Regional – FOR the wrong reasons, a North American company called Avid Life Media Inc. has featured recently in the technology news… more

Ali keeping you connected Free of charge

Trinidad and Tobago – IN this age of technology, when the importance of staying connected can not be overlooked, businessman Mazuree Colin Ali has made it easier for us to do so — free of charge… more

‘Maverick’ helps visually impaired

Trinidad and Tobago – History was made yesterday at the National Library and Information System (NALIS), Port-of- Spain, as the Maverick Money Reader was launched… more

Minister assures elderly: No devil links in biometric card

Trinidad and Tobago – People and Social Development Minister Christine Newallo-Hosein has sought to dispel fears, particularly among the elderly, that her ministry’s biometric card is not associated with the devil… more

TSTT working to repair cables damaged by seismic activity

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT has said it is working to resolve Internet connection problems after its submarine fibre optic cables, located up the Caribbean between St Vincent and Grenada, were damaged… more

TT taps into Singapore

Trinidad and Tobago – IN an effort to continue its cooperation with the Government of Singapore in the area of e-service delivery and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has extended the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2008 for an additional five year period… more

Friday, 24 July 2015

Cable and Wireless pushing work-from-home concept

Jamaica – AS Jamaican employees and employers increasingly seek greater work flexibility, Cable & Wireless (C&W) Business Solutions has intensified its drive to push the concept of a mobile workforce via use of the internet… more

Court Tosses Flow Lawsuit To Bar Latty From Digicel Job

Jamaica – The Supreme Court has thrown out an application by Columbus Communications, which trades as Flow, to bar Digicel Jamaica from employing former Managing Director Sean Latty for at least nine months… more

Digicel Educating Customers

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I write in response to letter from Pauline Peart that appeared in The Gleaner on Thursday, July, 23, 2015 regarding data charges taken from her account balance… more

Incubator Boosts BPO Boom

Jamaica – THE Montego Bay Business Process Outsourcing incubator now boasts an occupancy rate of 50 per cent, helping to boost an already fast-growing sector… more adds FEVA TV to channel line-up

Regional – Caribbean telecoms provider Flow, a Cable and Wireless Communications brand, has added the channel FEVA TV to its basic package, available at no extra cost in eight markets across the region…. more

Digicel St. Kitts Has a New Home

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Circus, Basseterre branch of Digicel’s retail store has opened new doors to its existing and prospective customers in St. Kitts. The former DotCom location on Princes Street is the temporary home of the telecommunications family effective immediately… more

Digicel On Another Cash Binge

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Telecommunications service provider Digicel is at it again. They are giving away cash, and loads of it… more

First Winners In LIME Upgrade Promotion

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Nicole Byron and Percy Lampkin are the first two weekly winners in LIME’s ‘Summer Upgrade Campaign’, after texting #SUMA to 6263… more

…Grocery says sorry after online backlash

Trinidad and Tobago – Super Quality grocery, the lo­ca­tion for day three of the No Rowley campaign, has apolo­gised to its customers in the wake of “ne­gative feedback”… more

New contact centre to be opened in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago – iQor, a global provider of business process outsourcing and product support services with 32,000 employees in 17 countries, will open its newest contact centre in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2015… more

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Going up!

Regional – Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), a major player in the Caribbean telecommunications market, is reporting a four per cent growth in group revenue to US$583 million for the first quarter of its current financial year which began on April 1… more

Region must refocus

Regional – There is a call for the Caribbean to shift its policymaking efforts to create and retain wealth… more

Free Calls For LIME Customers

Saint Lucia – LIME prepaid mobile customers can now talk for hours, for free, with the relaunch of this free talk campaign! … more

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Curacao children to take up Android training and App development challenge

Curacao – Seeking to take its place among the recognized global list of countries with technologically smart kids, the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curacao is set to become the first country in the Netherlands Antilles to benefit from an Android training program for children between the ages of seven and twelve… more

Cell Phones Etiquette And A Silent Family Gathering

Guyana – It was a very surreal moment; I was on my cell phone messaging friends in Guyana. I looked around the living room; the two-year-old plus granddaughter was on her iPhone playing games… more

OLPF project was wasting taxpayers’ money – Minister of State

Guyana – The One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, launched under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, was wasting taxpayers’ money, said Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, yesterday… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Digicel’s O’Brien to receive UWI honorary law degree

Jamaica – Denis O’Brien, the chairman of telecom firm Digicel, is to receive an honorary law degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) within the coming months… more

LIME finally reactivates customer’s lost credit

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, I had approximately $2,700 LIME credit up to December 30, 2014. I received a LIME text message at 12:54 a.m. on December 31, 2014 stating: “Your account state is No Credit (S1)…” more

Schools Ponder Cell Phone Policy!

Jamaica – With more and more students turning up at schools with cellular phones, administrators are mulling a unified position around the use of these devices amid concern for the safety of students and the possible negative issues related to the use of phones in schools… more


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