Roundup: for the week ending 27 December 2015

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

Monday, 21 December 2015

Cable Bahamas’ business-class services demonstrated in local Grand Bahama seminar

Bahamas – As a leading provider of advanced telecommunications services and infrastructure in The Bahamas, Cable Bahamas held a corporate seminar in Grand Bahama to network with business customers on the island and update them about the company’s business communication solutions… more

Marketing Strategies Today: Networking steps

Regional – What is networking? Definition: In the world of computers, networking is the practice of interfacing two or more computing devices with each other for the purpose of sharing data… more

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Digicel secures major ICT contract with Barbados government

Barbados – Telecommunications provider, Digicel, has announced a five year contract with the Government of Barbados valued at US$2.4M to provide it with an advanced Wide Area Network (WAN), Collaboration and high availability Dedicated Internet (DIA) services… more

BUSINESS BYTE: FLOW announces winners of Christmas Promotion

Dominica – Belinda Charles of Bath Estate will have more than enough food on her table this Christmas compliments Flow. She emerged as the first lucky winner of a one thousand dollar ($1,000) Christmas Shopping spree from the leading telecommunications provider in Dominica… more

C&W Business receives Company of the Year award

Regional – Based on its recent analysis of the data communications services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes C&W Business, part of C&W Communications, with the 2015 Central American and Caribbean Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year… more

CARIBBEAN: Digicel secures major ICT contract with Barbados Government

Regional – Telecommunications provider, Digicel, has announced a five year contract with the Government of Barbados valued at US$2.4M to provide it with an advanced Wide Area Network (WAN), Collaboration and high availability Dedicated Internet (DIA) services… more

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

BUSINESS BYTE: FLOW Tech Kids Project a resounding success

Dominica – Telecommunications Company Flow is giving a high rating to the hosting of its first Kids Tech Project hosted at the newly opened Experience Centre… more

Digicel Play Is Top Of The Line

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: The Digicel Play team thanks The Gleaner for publishing on December 19, 2015 our response to a disputed letter of complaint that appeared in your paper earlier last week… more

FLOW broadband customers get free upgrade

Jamaica – FLOW Jamaica announced yesterday that it is giving more to its broadband customers – an upgrade to superfast speeds of more than 15MB – at no extra cost, as a holiday gift… more

Flow rolls out Tech Kids project

Jamaica – SEVERAL children ages five to nine were taken on an exploratory tour of the world of technology during the innovative, inaugural Flow Tech Kids project launch Monday at the new Flow Customer Experience Centre in Montego Bay… more

SNO Mobile: What went into the app

Saint Lucia – SNO Mobile from start was designed as an application that would allow users to not only easily grab news on the go but to do so with as little hassle as possible… more

St. Lucia News Online launches mobile app with emphasis on user experience

Saint Lucia – St. Lucia News Online has launched the first native mobile app for news distribution within the Caribbean island of St. Lucia… more

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Curacao lottery fraud case to be heard in March

Curaçao – The Common Court of Justice in Curacao decided on Wednesday that the trial in the case against lottery boss Robbie Dos Santos and three of his firms on charges of money laundering and forgery will be held in the week of March 7 next year… more

Digital television transition postponed until 2021, Indotel says

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Government has postponed the deadline for completion of the transition from analogue to digital television until 9 August 2021, the Dominican Telecomm Institute (Indotel) announced… m target=”_blank”ore

CWU to Rowley: Explain meeting with Digicel

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to state exactly why he met with Digicel, a major competitor of State-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)… more

Friday, 25 December 2015

Sale of GTT shares… Guyana loses over US$7.5M in three years – audit

Guyana – The merit of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL)’s decision to sell Government’s 20 per cent shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) is being questioned by auditors.  The NICIL audit report revealed that a considerable amount of revenue has been lost due to that sale… more

Flow goes insourcing route; employs 150 former Ericsson staff

Jamaica – Communications company Flow will now be insourcing much of its field operation services, ending its outsourcing relationship with Swedish communications company Ericsson re-employing much of the staff… more

How Jamaica Is Boosting Its Startups

Jamaica – Start-Up Jamaica, a business incubator/accelerator program, is helping young technology entrepreneurs develop innovative products and services for the local and international markets… more

Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) Receives Sell Rating from AlphaValue

Regional – AlphaValue reiterated their sell rating on shares of Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (LON:CWC) in a research note released on Thursday, Marketbeat reports… more

CWU demands explanation from PM

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Communication Workers Union (CWU) yesterday called on Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, to explain the basis for his statement that the Telecommunications Services Of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) had approached the Government for funding to bail the company out of a technological crisis… more

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Female entrepreneurs join forces to create web-based social dining platform, Isle&Dine

Regional – Three female entrepreneurs have joined forces to create a new web-based platform that will bring chefs and cooks together with people from across the Caribbean and the world for shared dining experiences… more

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Cell tax ‘bad for small business’

Barbados – SMALL BUSINESSES could be hit hardest when the 4.5 per cent VAT increase on mobile call time is introduced in January… more

Cell tax ‘will most likely fail’

Barbados – GOVERNMENT’S PLAN to raise $14 million from increased tax on cellphone services is very likely to fail… more

Data relating to suicide hotline should be made public

Guyana – Dear Editor, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) notes the disclosure by Caitlin Vieira, “that the helpline has 100% success rate thus far in the sense that all callers have been helped with their issues/situations, and have received weekly follow-up calls… more

Dr Rowley: CWU barking up wrong tree

Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says private sources inside National Enterprises Limited (NEL) told him about the “precarious position” of the state-owned Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT)… more