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Roundup: for the week ending 30 August 2015

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 24 August to Sunday 30 August 2015.

News by GotCredit (flickr)Monday, 24 August 2015

TALKBACK: Not going with FLOW’s spin

Barbados – This was the response of many online readers after FLOW’s managing director Niall Sheehy assured customers last week that technical staff were working around the clock to resolve their problems… more

Dominican Republic to regulate roaming and premium SMS

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) is working on the regulation of international mobile roaming services, Premium SMS services and the use of public telecommunications services for debt collection purposes… more

Haiti – Education : The digital technologies to serve students with special needs

Haiti – As part of the school policy of inclusion of the Ministry of Education (MENFP) aiming the effective support of children with special educational needs, the School Adaptation Committee and of Social Support (CASAS), in partnership with the Haitian Society for Aid to the Blind (SHAA) organized a three days seminar on the theme “The digital and pedagogical accessibility”, aimed at supporting new initiatives, relying on the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Education (ICTE) and prepare trainers of trainers… more

Excited About LIME/Flow Brand

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I’ve noticed the LIME and Flow brand gradually coming together to form a ‘new brand’… more

Letter Of The Day: Conditions Should Accompany Lime/Flow Deal

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: Are we fools or what? On January 15, the Government of Jamaica approved the merger of telecommunications giants LIME and Flow… more

Tech Times: Written And Compiled By Kareem Latouche And Stephanie Lyew

Jamaica – Root Directory – The root directory is the top of the filing system. In a computer it is the file that contains all the information of the system files, similar to a directory of names and numbers… more

CWU calls for rebate for cable company customers

Trinidad and Tobago – The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) is demanding that the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) mandate all subscription television providers rebate customers for providing channels for which they do not have intellectual property rights… more

PM: 95,000 laptops given to students

Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday vowed to never to stop laptop distributions to students if she is returned to office… more

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Local company Explore The Bahamas launches smartphone app

Bahamas – Locally-owned travel company Explore The Bahamas has launched a smartphone app for The Islands of The Bahamas, available on the Apple app store and Google play store… more

LIME-Flow Shutters Nine Stores As Merger Advances

Jamaica – Cable & Wireless which is set to reveal the new “personality” of its integrated operation on August 29 is already consolidating the retail network for the LIME and Flow brands… more

DirecTV responds to TATT directive

Trinidad and Tobago – DirecTV has changed its programme line up even though it has not had to pull out illegal channels… more

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

EVERYDAY LAW: Need for Internet policy

Barbados – THE MAJOR LEGAL SIGNIFICANCE of the case of Williams v Leads United Football Club (2015) is that it demonstrates that in wrongful dismissal cases, misconduct discovered long after a dismissal may be used to justify the summary dismissal (“dismissal without notice”) of an employee… more

Seales named LIME HR manager

Cayman Islands – Matthew Seales was recently named the new human resources manager for LIME Cayman Islands… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)CWC boots nine Flow/LIME locations

Jamaica – Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), operator of Flow and LIME, has given nine locations the boot following the merger between the two telecommunications companies… more

Online growth pushes RJR profits

Jamaica – The RJR Group profits jumped to $22 million for its June first-quarter 2015 or 44 per cent higher due in part to new revenues from its online media entities… more

Sept deadline for Cable companies

Trinidad and Tobago – CHAIRMAN of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) Selby Wilson said yesterday that cable television providers have until the end of September to comply with an order from TATT to stop broadcasting channels for which they do not have intellectual property rights. Wilson said he did not expect the companies to go past the deadline… more

Thursday, 27 August 2015

C&W Communications Hosts Dealer Awards

Jamaica – It was a glitzy affair on Wednesday, August 26 as C&W Jamaica rolled out the red carpet and feted 35 of its top performing dealers from across the island… more

C&W Communications pledges commitment to its dealer network and partners

Jamaica – Cable and Wireless Communications, through its local brand in Jamaica, has pledged its commitment to continuing the partnership with its dealers and other stakeholders in Jamaica… more

Digicel’s Mega Money Summer Promotion fulfils dreams for winners

Jamaica – The Digicel Mega Money Summer promotion came to an end on a high note for winners, Doltis Johnson-Whyte, Robert Williams, Gabrielle McCatey and Shanesha Anderson… more

Paulwell lauds C&W Jamaica efforts

Jamaica – Minister of Science Technology Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell has lauded the work done by C&W Communications in Jamaica through its innovative and creative rebranding… more

200% Bonus Credit for Expats Who Want to Top Up Mobiles in the Caribbean, Honduras or El Salvador with MobileRecharge.com

Regional – 200% Bonus is added automatically on international mobile top ups to the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador till the end of August on MobileRecharge.com… more

LIME Offices Closed

Saint Kitts and Nevis – On the advice of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and information from the MET Office, LIME advises its customers that due to the passage of TS Erika all of its offices will be closed today Thursday August 27th… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagCWC to divest TSTT stake by year end

Trinidad and Tobago – Investors are being sought for TSTT as plans are on target for completion of divestment of Cable and Wireless Communications’ (CWC) stake in the company by year end. Chris Seecheran, CEO of the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT), told the T&T Guardian yesterday that there were no longer any CWC directors on TSTT’s board… more

Graduates shine at TSTT professional internship programme

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT recently held the graduation function for its Graduate in Training (GIT) 2014/2015 intake… more

TATT: No long-term negative effects from dropping channels

Trinidad and Tobago – Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) chairman Selby Wilson says he does not believe there will be any long-term negative effects to cable companies or their customers now that companies are forced to drop certain channels from their line-up… more

Friday, 28 August 2015

LIME, Digicel working to restore full service

Dominica – Dominica’s two telecommunication companies have reported that they are working hard to restore full service to its customers… more

33,000 Jamaicans Switch Accounts Under Number Portability

Jamaica – Some 33,000 switched accounts have been recorded since the  introduction of number portability in June… more

Major legal victory for CVM Television, court refuses application by TVJ

Jamaica – CVM television is rejoicing over a major legal victory. The Supreme Court today refused an application by Television Jamaica (TVJ) seeking an injunction to bar CVM’s use of footage from world championships in Beijing… more

Digicel Group cuts net loss for first quarter 2015

Regional – Digicel Group, the Irish-owned telecom provider with regional offices in Jamaica, suffered from flat revenues, but still slashed its net loss nearly in half, according to June first-quarter 2015 financials… more

Flow Football App Scores Big With Caribbean Football Fans:App Ranks Higher Than Instagram And Facebook In Regional Apple Stores

Regional – Since the start of the Barclays Premier League (BPL) season earlier this month, Caribbean fans have been downloading the new Flow Football App to access audio streaming of matches, commentaries and other football news live and direct at their convenience… more

LIME leads the way in mobile data!

Saint Lucia – LIME St. Lucia, the fastest and most reliable 4G Network is leading the way in Mobile Data… more

Digicel To Establish Call Centre

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – One of the bold promises made by Digicel, before launching into the monopoly controlled Caribbean telecommunications market, was to greatly improve the customer service experience of subscribers… more

TelEm Group offices re-opening Friday

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group announced Thursday night that all company locations will be opened to the general public at the start of the business day Friday following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika… more

invesTT logo (wikipedia)InvesTT pursues economic diversification through ICT

Trinidad and Tobago – As part of its mission to drive economic diversification through further development of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, InvesTT was a key sponsor at the recently held Caribbean Technology and Innovation for the Digital Economy (TIDE) conference… more

Trinidad’s TATT looking for buyer for 49% TSTT stake

Trinidad and Tobago – The Trinidad and Tobago telecoms authority (TATT) is hoping to receive bids for a 49 percent stake in state-run operator TSTT by the end of the year, reports the Trinidad Guardian, citing the regulator’s CEO Chris Seecheran… more

Saturday, 29 August 2015

BTC CEO greets Atlanta’s mayor at working luncheon

Bahamas – Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed was welcomed at a working luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sponsored by BTC, where the Mayor discussed possible trade and investment opportunities between the country and Atlanta… more

Educators mull new cell phone policy

Barbados – A new policy on the use of mobile phones in schools is now before various stakeholders in education including teachers’ trade unions and school principals for consideration and comment… more

Library re-opens computer courses for seniors.

Sint Maarten – Starting September 4th, 2015, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will restart its popular computer courses for seniors… more

Sunday, 30 August 2015

The anatomy of a national ICT plan

Guyana – I wish once again to highlight the words of the Minister of Finance during the presentation of the 2015 Budget in Parliament… more

Digicel Aiming Higher

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica is to implement an even more comprehensive approach to its customer care operations in a bid to better serve the evolving needs of its customers as the battle for the telecoms market moves to a new frontier… more

Flow Returns Call Centre To Jamaica

Jamaica – The LIME brand is now gone as the switch to Flow in the merged entity takes effect with the replacing of billboards and signs the first outward show of the new player in the local telecoms market… more

USF facilitating technology expansion across Ja

Jamaica – Since its establishment in 2005, the Universal Service Fund (USF) has generated over $13 billion in revenue from international telephone calls terminating in Jamaica, which has financed the expansion of islandwide access to information and communications technology (ICT)… more

 

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About the author

Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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