Roundup: for the week ending 2 August 2015

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August 2015.

Monday, 27 July 2015

How The Internet Has Changed The Way We Buy Property

Bahamas – The worldwide web may have dramatically transformed the property hunting process but, Mario Carey says, the dependence on a trusted professional with local knowledge has only increased… more

Cayman 27 sold to Hurley’s Media

Cayman Islands – Hurley’s Media Ltd., an affiliate of Hurley’s Entertainment, announced Monday (27 July) that it had acquired Cayman 27 from Logic… more

Curacao cyber security and ethical hackers training project all set for next month

Curacao – After several weeks of delays, the Microsoft Learning and CWD sponsored Cyber Security and Ethical Hackers Training Conference is now set to be held in Curacao on the 13th and 14th August, 2015… more

No internet link for Opposition response to budget

Dominica – Dominica News Online is unable provide live streaming of the opposition’s response to the national budget… more

Start-ups urged to exercise care when seeking bank loans

Jamaica – INDUSTRY, Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton is advising potential business operators to exercise prudence when seeking to obtain start-up loans… more

St Catherine hardest hit by cable theft — LIME

Jamaica – TELECOMMUNICATIONS company LIME on Thursday identified St Catherine as one of the areas hit hardest by theft of its copper and fibre cables… more

PM Christie’s Speech at CANTO 31st Annual Conference & Trade Show in Miami

Regional – Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, M.P. Keynote Speaker CANTO 31st Annual Conference & Trade Show at Miami Hyatt Regency Hotel Sunday, 26th July, 2015… more

T Virgin Islands Next Generation Network and Seaborne Airlines Enter Into a Public-Private Partnership in the USVI

United States Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership with Seaborne Airlines… more


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BTC has dramatically reduced dropped calls, says PM

Bahamas – The number of dropped calls experienced by Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) customers has been reduced from 70,000 calls per day to 6,000 calls per day in the last year, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Sunday… more

Govt announcement on second mobile provider ‘soon’ says Christie

Bahamas – THE Government will make an announcement soon on which of the two remaining contenders in the cellular liberalisation process will move onto the next round, Prime Minister Perry Christie has said… more

PM: BTC Dropped Calls Down To 6,000 Per Day

Bahamas – THE rate of dropped calls for the nation’s only telecommunications provider is now at 6,000 per day, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie… more

Woman loses $50k in Nigerian email scam

Cayman Islands – A woman has lost $50,000 after sending it to an online conman in Nigeria via a money transfer service, the police have said… more

Towards the strengthening of RTNH

Haiti – Monday, as part of the implementation of an agreement signed in 2012 between the Haitian State, Nueva Television del Sur (founded in 2005 based in Caracas) and the Investment Company Pétion-Bolivar of Venezuela, aimed at strengthening the National Radio and Television of Haiti (RTNH)… more

Unacceptable Service From LIME

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: This is an open letter to Gary Sinclair, president of LIME… more

Digicel’s Upcoming IPO Spells Debt Relief

Regional – Denis O’Brien’s plan to offer shares in his Digicel Group to the public and list the telecommunications company on the New York Stock Exchange signals a shift away from debt to equity… more

BrightPath holds TechCamp 2015

Trinidad and Tobago – Exams are over, school is out, and parents enter the perennial struggle to balance kids’ downtime with actual educational activity over the July-August vacation… more

Windows 10, tomorrow

Trinidad and Tobago – Microsoft will begin rolling out the newest version of its flagship operating system, Windows, in a process that looks set to be far different from previous upgrades from tomorrow… more

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Cayman 27 changes ownership; content remains the same

Cayman Islands – Though Cayman 27 is newly owned by Hurley’s Media Ltd, it has no plans on making any new changes to the channels programming at the moment… more

Hurley’s Media buys Cayman 27 television station

Cayman Islands – Hurley’s Media announced this week that it has bought Cayman 27 from Logic, and government regulators signed off on the deal on Friday to finalize the sale… more

Disruption Key For Transformation In Business, Life – Patrick Hylton

Jamaica – Patrick Hylton, group managing director of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), is maintaining that disrupting ourselves is key to transformation and growth, both in business and life…. more

Itel-BPO Solutions enters MPO market

Jamaica – Itel-BPO Solutions, a regional provider of contact centre and back office solutions services, is expanding into Medical Process Outsourcing (MPO) with the aquisition of three US-based clients… more

CWC continues to see growth

Regional – PHIL Bentley, Chief Executive of Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), said that they have made a good start on integration and have maintained momentum through organic growth… more

Pay Per Click advertising — Google paid ads

Regional – PAY per click (PPC), otherwise referred to as cost per click (CPC), is the paid Internet advertising model in which an ad — if optimised properly — should appear at the very top of page one in the Google search results or in the column to the right of the page… more

US $583 million C&W revenue

Regional – FRESH FROM ITS MERGER with Columbus and launch of the new FLOW brand in Barbados, Cable & Wireless Communications is reporting an improved financial performance… more

TSTT working on internet problems

Trinidad and Tobago – STATE-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) yesterday sought to assure its customers that it is doing what it can to increase available bandwidth for internet browsing, following damage to a submarine fibre optic cable in the vicinity of the undersea Kick’ em Jenny volcano near Grenada… more

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Free expression, not freedom from consequences

Cayman Islands – Internet stalkers, trolls and other online miscreants, beware: The veil of anonymity presented by keyboards and computer screens offers no legal protection whatsoever for misbehavior in the Cayman Islands… more

Websites go offline over new domain rules

Cayman Islands – Several Cayman Islands websites, including the government’s Economics and Statistics Office, were taken offline after failing to renew their registrations and pay fees under a new regulatory regime… more

LACNIC Caribbean on the Move kick-starts in Suriname

Regional – LACNIC Caribbean on the Move – Suriname Edition will be held as an internet-themed track at the upcoming ICT Summit Paramaribo from July 3 to 4, 2015… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagCyber doom?

Trinidad and Tobago – THE idea of being more connected – of having greater access to information while being able to communicate more easily – should bring nothing but positives to individuals and organisations alike. But it has also brought with it real threat – that of cybercrime… more

T&T Chamber calls for introduction of electronic security measures in prisons

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce has made a call for the implementation of electronic security monitoring devices at the nation’s prisons in the aftermath of last Friday’s prison break by three inmates at the Port of Spain Prison… more

Friday, 31 July 2015

Taking On Technology In New TV Show

Belize – The Belize Film Commission has embarked on novel mission, to educate the public how professionals harness technology in everyday activities you probably didn’t even know about… more

Decision on net neutrality soon, says Paulwell

Jamaica – A decision regarding net neutrality and how Over The Top Providers (OTTP) are to be treated in the future will be made soon, according to Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining… more

ICD Buys Stake In Gustazos Parent Company SCI

Jamaica – ICD Group Holdings has bought a minority stake in Social Commerce Inc, a Puerto Rican holding company for regional dealmaking website Gustazos and other Internet-based services… more

Development Bank Saw Our Vision And Not Our Ages, Say Young Entrepreneurs

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Theirs reads like the perfect story of the unlimited resourcefulness exhibited by the youth of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and one which unfolds pleasantly when they are recognised for the potential they exude as opposed to their youthfulness… more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagDigicel customers in Nevis sing praises for new cell site

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Residents of Nevis who own and operate Digicel mobile phones, are waking up to increased 4G signal strength on their devices. This is being made possible with the recent commissioning of a new cellular site at the Rams Supermarket location in the Queen City… more

Ca$H And More From Digicel

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Digicel customers continue to have a chance to earn some hot cash to help out with back to school expenses, in particular… more

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Phone scam

Barbados – What began as a routine cellphone purchase from an established business has uncovered a possible scam, the source of which remains uncertain… more

Indotel to eliminate penalties for early contract termination: EFE

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Telecom Institute (INDOTEL) announced the completion of a public consultation to amend the rules for the settlement of disputes between users and public telecommunications services providers, EFE reports… more

GT&T completes 1st phase of faster internet speed project

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) yesterday announced the completions of its Enhanced Broadband project, at least five months ahead of the original schedule… more

Digicel ordered to provide information in Kartel juror case

Jamaica – A magistrate earlier this week ruled that telecoms company Digicel is to provide information that would assist the court in the corruption trial of so-called Kartel juror Livingston Cain… more

Chamber: Prisoners with phones breach of security

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce is condemning the breach of security, “in the strongest terms” in relation to photos circulating on social media of inmates with cellphones and illegal substances… more

Repairs to damaged cable begin

Trinidad and Tobago – FAVOURABLE weather and ocean conditions have allowed work to begin by the cable ship dispatched by the regional cable administrator, to repair the damaged submarine fiber optic cable off the coast of Grenada… more

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Cyberbullies Strike In Schools

Jamaica – School principals across the island are struggling to find ways to deal with cyberbullying – an emerging ugly side of technology use by mainly secondary school students… more

Selfish Selfies – Smartphones, New Restrictions Hurting Photographers

Jamaica – While the advance in technology has given Jamaicans the chance to capture their every special moment on their cellular phones or other personal devices, this development is proving a challenge to the persons who make their living taking pictures in the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston… more


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