Roundup: for the week ending 27 September 2015

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 21 September to Sunday 27 September 2015.

Monday, 21 September 2015

IT expert warns security breach is wakeup call

Antigua and Barbuda – A local IT expert has said Saturday’s hack of the government information system could have happened anywhere… more

Muslim Army Hacks Gov’t Website

Antigua and Barbuda – An organization, which claims its mission is to spread Islam through cyberspace, successfully hacked the government information website,, on Saturday… more

Data Protection Chief’S 20-Fold Complaints Rise

Bahamas – THE Data Protection Commissioner has seen a near 20-fold increase in the number of complaints since she took the post two years ago, with her office now preparing to investigate the hacking of a Bahamian bank’s website… more

Estonians to teach CIG about e-government

Cayman Islands – A team of experts from the Baltic state of Estonia will be sharing their knowledge and experience with government officials this week about best practices in e-governance… more

STEM interest wanes as children age, says scientist

Cayman Islands – A local scientist believes enough is not being done to engage and challenge the youth… more

Board Changes

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications Plc today announces that Simon Ball will retire as a Non-executive Director with effect from 4 November 2015… more

LIME employees stage industrial action

Saint Lucia – Employees of the telecommunications company, LIME, staged industrial action today, following a strike notice that was issued to the Labour Department, the National Workers Union, (NWU), has said… more

LIME stores at Blue Coral and Baywalk to remain open

Saint Lucia – LIME would like to inform their valued customers that due to union strike action, their Vieux Fort & Soufriere stores will be closed today until further notice… more

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

LIME wants poll to determine workers’ sole bargaining agent

Antigua and Barbuda – Cable & Wireless Communications (LIME) has responded to recommendations made by the Labour Department, by saying that a current poll should be taken “to satisfactorily determine whether the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union” (ABWU) is the  sole bargaining agent for Kelcom International/FLOW workers… more

Microsoft Hosts Critical Seminar in Barbados

Barbados – Public sector organisations will get a boost in their capabilities through a one-day seminar hosted by Microsoft that seeks to help these agencies become more productive, agile, efficient, and flexible with powerful cloud, mobility, and data solutions… more

CWU Supports BCWU in Settlement Concerns

Belize – As we reported on Friday, the Belize Communication Workers Union, in a scathing release issued following the settlement of the B.T.L. nationalization, soundly criticized the Barrow administration, as well as the management of the telecommunications company… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Estonia representatives to meet on e-Government development

Cayman Islands – Cayman e-Government officials will be hosting four representatives from Estonia as they prepare to transition to the strategic development phase of enhancing electronic services to Caymanians… more

GTT’s new Smart Talk Bundles offer big savings

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company (GTT)’s pre-paid mobile customers will now be able to do more talking and texting with the new “Smart Talk Bundles”… more

Visually impaired UG student gets computer

Guyana – President David Granger yesterday handed over laptop complete with a printer, headphones, a DVD writer and a flash drive to Ceion Rollox an 18-year old, visually impaired first year student of the University of Guyana… more

Jamaica’s political parties caught up in web domain fight

Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) are battling over the purchase of two website domain names ahead of Jamaica’s general elections later this year… more

Digicel IPO: the facts

Regional – Founded in October 2000 by Denis O’Brien, who is the current chairman, Digicel initially started out as a mobile phone company… more

Digicel introduces Quick Credit Promotion for prepaid customers

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Digicel launched an exciting new promotion called, Quick Credit, which means customers who run out of credit are able to make calls, activate plans or send text messages until they can top up later… more

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

BTC introduces new concierge service

Bahamas – Not only is BTC keeping up with the “technology times”, the Company continues to stay on top of international trends and standards for customer service excellence… more

Tablets for St Lucy students

Barbados – STUDENTS FROM THE four primary schools in St Lucy are the latest recipients of Samsung tablets from the Aron and Christina Truss Foundation… more

Belize flag (Wikipedia)CWU says GOB “unfair” to BTL employees in settlement

Belize – There was an outpouring of support from sister unions for the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) after their stinging press release attacking Government last week for failing to consult employees of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) before reaching a settlement with the former owners including the BTL Employees Trust chaired by former BTL chairman Dean Boyce… more

CWU With the BCWU

Belize – One other issue which Matura-Shepherd chose to comment on is the position that the Belize Communication Workers Union has taken in relation to the BTL settlement between the Barrow Administration and Lord Michael Ashcroft… more

EDITORIAL — Financial services and the media

British Virgin Islands – When the territory’s financial services sector comes under fire, government and industry leaders often react by blaming the media… more

Culture shift necessary for e-government system to succeed

Cayman Islands – A renewed push by government to move more of its business online will require an internal shift in the civil service, as well as with the private sector and the public… more

Cuba’s Internet: Censorship And High Costs Mean Web Access Will Remain Elusive For Most Cubans

Cuba – Earlier this year, Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, introduced a bill on the congressional floor titled the Cuba DATA Act… more

Govt. courts Microsoft, Cisco on E-Governance project

Guyana – Government is talking to US tech giants, Microsoft and CISCO Corporation, for possible help in the country’s E-Governance project… more

Avasant Trains Jamaican Youths For BPO Jobs

Jamaica – The BPO industry in Jamaica may soon find it easier to hire professionals; the  Avasant Foundation is launching an initiative to train unemployed youths in call centre service skills… more

Digicel expects more competition

Jamaica – Digicel has told its potential shareholders that it faces the risk of  more competition in many of  its markets… more

Lottery scammers moving to other parishes

Jamaica – POLICE say criminals involved in the lottery scam have been moving their illegal operations to parishes that once showed no trace of the multimillion-dollar underground operations that has left a trail of blood and destruction, mainly across western parishes… more

O’Brien To Retain 94% Voting Rights In Digicel After IPO

Jamaica – Digicel Group is seeking to raise US$2 billion through its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange, most of which appears destined to pay down debt racked up by the company over more than a dozen years of operation… more

Scotiabank, Best Digital Bank Regionally

Jamaica – Global Finance Magazine has awarded Scotiabank with the title of Best Digital Bank (formerly the Best Internet Bank Award) 2015, of 21 countries across the Caribbean and Central America… more

10 new website trends you can expect in 2015

Regional – AS I mentioned in an article earlier this year, web design is a very dynamic field and as such the trends that we see in website development and design are always evolving… more

Digicel plans to raise up to $2.3 billion in IPO

Regional – Digicel Group Ltd. plans to raise as much as $2.3 billion from an initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange… more

UNESCO/OECS Hosts Internet Privacy Conference

Regional – Internet privacy and other related topics were the centre of discussions on Wednesday as the OECS and UNESCO hosted the opening ceremony of a conference and consultation at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago Flag16 popular cable TV channels to get axe; No rights in Caribbean region

Trinidad and Tobago – The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) is calling on cable television providers to remove 16 channels for which they have not acquired Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) from local channel line-ups… more

Challenge for steelbands… Catering for the app generation

Trinidad and Tobago – “With the influx of the new generation and its culture, the time has come for leaders and managers of steelbands to revisit their approach to management in order to progress in the new millennium,” said Michael Dinchong, manager of Caribbean Airlines Ltd Invaders Steel Orchestra… more

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Union Considers LIME Injunction

Antigua and Barbuda – The industrial row between telecommunications giant, LIME and the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) is heating up, as the trade union is threatening to file an injunction to prevent the company from negotiating with workers without its consent… more

‘e-Government,’ efficiencies, and Estonia

Cayman Islands – Oftentimes — usually around the second hour of waiting in line to conduct a transaction that will take approximately 10 minutes — we find our minds casting about for solutions that will lead the Cayman Islands government out of the proverbial Stone Age… more

ID cards ‘key’ to e-government

Cayman Islands – A national identification card could be a key part of a new e-government initiative, according to Cayman’s e-Government director, Ian Tibbetts… more

No database of assets or asset distribution kept – Public Service COI hears

Guyana – Before an attentive audience workers who have been employed for years in the Public Service Department, formerly known as the Ministry of Public Service, made several starting revelations… more

Enabling Environment Necessary for Competition to Thrive

Jamaica – Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the creation of an enabling business environment is essential for competition to thrive… more

Geospatial technology: Mapping the way to sustainable development

Jamaica – As we look to the future, we may recognize that mankind constantly treads the line of ambitious innovation vs. available resources… more

Liberalisation of Telecoms Industry Notable Milestone – Robinson

Jamaica – State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the liberalisation of the telecommunications industry will go down as one of the most significant milestones in Jamaica’s development… more

Prison Gold – Smartphones Still Popular Behind Bars Despite Efforts To Keep Them Out

Jamaica – The system cant stp mi noh day noh time,” an inmate at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre posts on his Facebook page. He, like several others among the island’s more than 3,000-strong prison population, accesses the social-networking site on a regular basis from the comfort of his cell, using a smartphone smuggled into the facility… more

Digicel launches U.S. IPO valued at $10B

Regional – SEC filings this week show that Digicel, whose biggest single market is Haiti, is set to make its debut as an IPO in the United States. Forecasters see the price of the Caribbean telecom giant nearing $10 billion… more

St. Kitts and Nevis Signs Internet Declaration

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The two-day conference on the Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy has been deemed a success… more

As Easy As ICT

Saint Lucia – YOU may have experienced the sheer joy when observing a skilled person displaying their talent… more

CARCIP’s Business Grant does it again

Saint Lucia – The Caribbean Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) is continuing to provide opportunities for young ICT entrepreneurs and small and medium sized ICT businesses to develop and expand their horizons… more

Friday, 25 September 2015

Flow cuts

Barbados – More Barbadians have been placed on the breadline… more

GOB reaches settlement over BTL!But CWU is not impressed

Belize – The Government of Belize has reached a benchmark settlement with Ashcroft’s business interests over the 2009 nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL)… more

Kick-starting the Caribbean ICT Space: CTU holds ICT Week in BVI

British Virgin Islands – Caribbean citizens’ growing appetite for digital conveniences is driving the region’s governments to act decisively to move essential services to online platforms… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Electronic voter ID system for seven constituencies next election

Jamaica – THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says its electronic voter identification system is to be rolled out in seven constituencies across Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine for the next election… more

Governments urged to use social media in crime fight

Jamaica – AN American criminologist is encouraging law enforcement officials and governments to incorporate social media into their crime fighting strategies, given its prominent use worldwide… more

Has cybersquatting arrived?

Jamaica – QUESTION of the week: Will advancements in cyber communications have an impact on our democracy, in areas affecting elections, for instance? … more

QualityWorks Consulting Group trains Start-Up Jamaica on Agile Methodologies

Jamaica – On Monday, September 28th, QualityWorks Consulting Group’s top consultants will donate their expertise and experience to the entrepreneurs of Start-Up Jamaica… more

Small businesses urged to make use of social media

Jamaica – Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell, is encouraging small businesses to make use of social media in marketing their goods and services… more

Mission Accomplished — CWC’s Chris Dehring Departs

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications, Plc (CWC) announced today that Chris Dehring, Chairman of LIME Jamaica and a member of the senior executive team, has decided to return to the forays of entrepreneurship after six transformative years with the Company, effective September 30, 2015… more

The First UNESCO OECS Conference on the Ethical Use of the Internet Held in St. Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Royal St. Kitts Marriott resort was the venue for the inaugural UNESCO Conference held under the theme, The Ethical Dimension of the Information Society and Internet Privacy, which began Wednesday 23rd  September… more

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Union pickets over BTL settlement

Belize – Five days after Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow announced that he had personally negotiated a settlement with the Ashcroft alliance over government’s nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited, the Belize Communications Workers Union staged a protest of the settlement in the downtown area of Belize City today… more

Dehring Departs Flow

Jamaica – Chairman of LIME Jamaica, now FLOW, and a member of its senior executive team, Chris Dehring, is moving on after six years with the company, effective September 30, 2015… more

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Dominican Republic buys 1.2 M high-tech trackers for motorcycles

Dominican Republic – STAR Systems International (SSI), a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hardware, tag and professional services provider, today announced that it has completed a sale of 1.2 million ISO 18000-6C headlamp transponders in the Dominican Republic… more

Chris Dehring leaves Cable & Wireless

Jamaica – Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) announced late Friday that Chris Dehring, Chairman of LIME Jamaica and a member of the senior executive team has decided to return to the forays of entrepreneurship after six transformative years with the company, effective September 30, 2015… 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

Switching systems

Jamaica – Software implementation is bitter but the fruit is sweet… more

Internet fraud ‘greatly increased’

Trinidad and Tobago – SO you’re checking your e-mail inbox and you get a message purportedly from your commercial bank asking you to enter your client information… more


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