Roundup: for the week ending 1 November 2015

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Mobile HoldingCo: Rush To Minimise Gov’t Involvement

Bahamas – Financial advisers are racing to minimise any Government involvement in the ‘HoldingCo’ that will own the Bahamian people’s 51 per cent interest in the second mobile operator by ensuring its formation coincides with the licence’s issue… more

Union Feared Btc ‘Prop Up’ Of Cwc

Bahamas – Union representatives for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff say the potential takeover of its controlling shareholder was “always our fear” from the moment the 2011 privatisation was completed… more

CCT alleges ‘abuse of power’ by TRC

British Virgin Islands – When the High Court granted leave two weeks ago for CCT Global Communications to challenge the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in civil court, few details of the case were known, as company executives were tight-lipped and regulatory officials didn’t return calls seeking comment… more

Digicel opens new outlet in Giftland Mall

Guyana – As part of their commitment to stay close to their customers and keep them connected in every way possible, Digicel opened a new outlet on Friday in the recently opened Giftland Mall at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara… more

Liberty Global-CWC deal cited as threat to Digicel’s dominance

Regional – A report in the Irish Times newspaper says the Liberty Global-CWC deal could be a nightmare scenario for Digicel… more

Microsoft teaches businesses to innovate for success

Trinidad and Tobago – Microsoft’s second annual local conference, M4: An Event by Microsoft—Empowering Your Enterprise and Future-Proofing Your Business, brought together the tech giant’s partners, business leaders and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry experts to discuss how technology can serve as a key driver and enabler of innovation and success in a digital world… more

Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival

Trinidad and Tobago – The region’s largest animation and digital media festival, Animae Caribe, is staging its 14th edition of the festival from 27 – 31 October 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago… more

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

DSC Students Last To Receive Tablets

Dominica – Close to 2,000 at the Dominica State College received their tablets on Thursday October 22nd under Government’s One Tablet per Child Initiative… more

Electronics store heist…Six detained, stolen cell phones, handgun recovered

Guyana – Police have recovered several stolen cell phones and an unlicensed firearm after arresting six suspects in connection with last Friday’s heist at A. N. Electronics Store in Croal Street… more

Mobile Mania: Disrespecting The People’s Business

Jamaica – With three critical Caribbean Court of Justice bills on the agenda for debate, as well as the Office of Utilities Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2015, and the Bank of Jamaica (Amendment) Act, 2015, senators apparently found more important issues to attend to on their mobile phones than what their colleagues had to say during last Friday’s sitting of the Upper House of Parliament… more

There is a New FLOW to How People Shop in the Caribbean

Jamaica – There is a new retail design standard in the Caribbean, thanks to the introduction of the new telecom superstore, FLOW, in Montego Bay, Jamaica… more

http://www.ectel.intECTEL Believes LIME/Flow Merger Could Affect Region’s Economy

Regional – The  recent merger between two of the region’s biggest telecommunications providers- Flow and LIME- can pose a serious risk to the region’s economy, so says the former Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunication Authority, Gregory Bowe… more

FLOW opens Super Store on Fort Street

Saint Kitts and Nevis – BILL-PAYING customers and others seeking to do business with FLOW, formally LIME, will now have to access the company’s new location on Fort and Central Streets within the building that once house the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago… more

‘Cyber crime law a priority’

Trinidad and Tobago – Acting Attorney General Stuart Young said yesterday Government had taken note of the judge’s decision and comments in the matter of cricketer Lendl Simmons and Terese Ho… more

IDC warns of shadow IT at M4

Trinidad and Tobago – Courtney Munroe, the featured keynote speaker at last Thursday’s Microsoft M4 conference at the Hyatt has a lot to say about global ICT trends, but one of his stand out cautions to information technology professionals that morning was the anticipated growth in what he described as “shadow IT.” .. more

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Mobile Service Fully Restored in Rum Cay, Bahamas

Bahamas – BTC is pleased to announce that mobile services have been fully restored in Rum Cay. Residents on Rum Cay, one of the Southern Bahama Islands ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin, welcomed The Honourable Phillip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister, Leon Williams BTC CEO and members of the BTC restoration team last week… more

Jones answers cell phone call

Barbados – Minister of Education Ronald Jones says he is sticking to his plans of lifting the current cellular phone ban in schools… more

Gov’t hopes to improve labour data

British Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands will soon receive a Labour Market Information System, a software package designed to help leaders use data to assess the local and regional labour market and workforce, government announced Monday… more

Altice Q3 sales up 20% to EUR 175 mln in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Altice reported third-quarter revenues of EUR 174.6 million in the Dominican Republic, a year-on-year rise of 20 percent due above all to the strengthening of the Dominican Peso against the Euro… more

GPL restores prepaid service internet connection

Guyana – The Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) restored the internet connection service to its prepaid system on Monday, October 26, after a disruption was experienced on Saturday October 24… more

UTech, Jamaica receives Universal Service Fund $20M Grant Funding

Jamaica – Faster Internet connectivity; an increase in the number of simultaneous connections and expansion to the wireless networks, are just some of the welcomed benefits to be enjoyed by students, staff and other stakeholders at all University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech, Ja.) campuses in Kingston and in Montego Bay… more

Liberty/CWC talks in progress for months

Regional – Liberty Global, which is in talks with Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) about a possible US$5.7 billion takeover, had been buying up television, cable and telecommunications companies across Europe over the past few years before turning its attention to the rapidly growing markets in Latin America and the Caribbean… more

THE HOYOS FILE: Mere pawns in a global game

Regional – found myself suddenly very grateful to John C. Malone late on Thursday afternoon. In case you’ve never heard of Malone, he now owns 13 per cent of the telecoms company through which people in Barbados have a roughly 50 per cent chance of making mobile calls, plus 100 per cent of landline calls, and a presumably growing percentage of those watching cable television… more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagFLOW St. Kitts & Nevis Opening Hours on Thursday 29th October 2015

Saint Kitts and Nevis – FLOW wishes to notify its customers and the general public that its Retail Stores on St. Kitts and Nevis will be opened from 10:00 am on Thursday 29th October to facilitate our Mission Day Activities… more

FLOW St. Kitts & Nevis Opens New Customer Experience Centre

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Full-service telecoms provider FLOW has committed to delivering “a world-class customer experience retail environment” at its new state-ofthe-art customer experience centre in Basseterre St. Kitts… more

Temporary disruption of LIME CATV Service

Saint Lucia – LIME wishes to advise customers that there will be a temporary disruption of Cable TV services from Barre de L’isle, along the East Coast, through to Choiseul on Thursday October 30th, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm… more

Internet shopping: blessing or curse

Trinidad and Tobago – During the just concluded budget debate the issue of Internet shopping as a potential source of taxes was raised by the Minister of Finance with related comments made in the Senate… more

Thursday, 29 October 2015

C&W offers secure service for businesses

Barbados – SECURITY IS THE top priority for C&W Business… more

Dominicans urged to recognize benefits of internet

Dominica – Executive Director of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), Craig Nesty called on Dominicans to recognize the benefits of the internet since, he said, it has great potential… more

Free Wi-Fi Now Available At Botanic Gardens

Dominica – Visitors to the Botanic Gardens, especially students can make use of the free Wi-Fi now available there… more

Free Wi-Fi service a ‘tangible manifestation’ of development

Dominica – Dominica is set on a path of socio-economic prosperity driven by science and modern technology, the Acting Prime Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has said… more

Digicel Business powers new student residence at UWI

Jamaica – WITH technology being a big must-have for students, the directors of 138 Student Living at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, have partnered with ICT solutions provider Digicel Business to outfit the new halls of residence with the latest technological solutions… more

Man accused of defrauding Digicel

Jamaica – A technology manager at a private hospital in Kingston, accused of defrauding telecoms operator Digicel of US$200,000, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday… more

FLOW Service Or Lack Thereof

Jamaica – The EDITOR Sir, I have been a FLOW subscriber for approximately six years… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Local IT company tTech prepares for IPO

Jamaica – Jamaican IT company tTech is preparing to join the Junior Stock Exchange with an IPO expected before the end of the year. It will be the first IT company to join the stock exchange, according to Christopher Reckord, a principle shareholder, in an interview with the Caribbean Business Review… more

Science and Technology the Main Focus in November

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says   November will be more active in terms of getting Jamaicans to appreciate the role of science and technology in the country’s development… more

Digicel AppSeeker available on Google Play

Regional – From today, Digicel customers across the globe can discover and enjoy the latest and greatest apps with the launch of Digicel AppSeeker… more

ECTEL explores the elimination of roaming charges in OECS

Regional – Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology, Kelver Darroux has announced that the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Council of Ministers is looking closely at the possibility of eliminating roaming charges within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)… more

GSMA Welcomes Multi-Country Support for Sub-700MHz Spectrum for Mobile Broadband at WRC-15

Regional – John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented on the submission of multi-country proposals in support of spectrum for mobile to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in advance of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva next month… more

Liberty Global pounces on venerable Cable & Wireless

Regional – The problem of buying a company in which John Malone is an investor, especially when some of the payments are made in shares, is that he may turn around with his large shareholding and inside knowledge of operations, and buy the enlarged entity… more

NOTICE: Early closure of LIME stores today October 29th, 2015

Saint Lucia – LIME wishes to advise customers that its retail stores will close early today Thursday, October 29th, 2015 to facilitate a staff activity at the following hours… more

Going with the FLOW

Trinidad and Tobago – Almost one year after the announcement of the acquisition of cable television provider, Flow, by Cable and Wireless Communications, John Reid, president, Consumer Group, Cable and Wireless Communications says Flow has been completely reorganised… more

Friday, 30 October 2015

Antigua Vacation Guide Launches New Website

Antigua and Barbuda – Antigua Vacation Guide (www.antiguavacationguide.com), a comprehensive Antigua travel and tourism directory, has launched a new website that provides everything you need to know about the island of Antigua… more

Better service should Flow, says Boyce

Barbados – In the wake of recent customer complaints, telecommunications giant Flow has been called upon to raise its level of service… more

C&W Business in spine position

Barbados – A GOVERNMENT MINISTER has high expectations for C&W Business and he is hoping it can provide Barbados with the telecommunications “backbone” it needs… more

British_Virgin_Islands flagGov’t urged to regulate fee increases

British Virgin Islands – Ending a month in which FirstBank and telecoms company LIME announced individual fee increases, two social commentators have urged the government to undertake legislative amendments that would prevent certain private entities from increasing service fees when they so desire… more

Seven held for involvement in lottery scam

Jamaica – Seven persons from western Jamaica were this week taken into custody by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for their suspected involvement in the lottery scam… more

Students To Benefit From FLOW, One On One Education Partnership

Jamaica – Cable & Wireless (C&W), operator of the FLOW and LIME brands, has signed a landmark five-year exclusive partnership with One on One Educational Services aimed at offering Caribbean students greater access to a wide variety of study materials for Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)… more

Cable and Wireless changing hands?

Regional – Since the announcement of the acquisition by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) of the holding of Columbus Communications International on November 6, 2014, the consumers in the Caribbean market have been struggling to come to grips with what the merger means for them… more

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Digicel May Talk – Telecommunications Company To Consider Disclosing Political Donations

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm Digicel could shortly join the small list of local private-sector entities voluntarily declaring their donations to local political parties… more

OUR Head Elected Chairman Of Regional Regulatory Body

Jamaica – Director General of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Albert Gordon has been elected chairman of the Organisation Of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), the association of regional regulatory organisations… more

A role for state media

Trinidad and Tobago – Last week’s column focused on government interference in state media. The temptation has proved irresistible in the past, and under its present configuration, history is likely to repeat itself. Perhaps the overriding challenge though is the amorphous identity of CNMG… more

Sunday, 1 November 2015

GTT now offering Mobile Money service to Digicel customers

Guyana – More than two and half years after GTT launched its Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) service, the telephone company yesterday announced that Digicel customers can now join up… more

Is IT a commodity?

Jamaica – “THE most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd, is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose.” — Bill Gates … more

FLOW St. Kitts & Nevis Service Interruption

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Flow is upgrading the fixed line network in the West Basseterre area… more

Caribbean Internet TV platform launched

Regional – The Caribbean equivalent to Netflix is here! Newly launched Over-the-Top (OTT) Platform, MAS2TV, delivers unique Caribbean content to consumers on demand, with the tagline “Love Your Culture.” MAS2TV stands for Multiculturalism, Art, Society, and Sports Television, and was developed in order to highlight Caribbean filmmakers and the creative industry… more

 

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