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Roundup: for the week ending 31 January 2016

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 25 January to Sunday 31 January 2016.

News by GotCredit (flickr)Monday, 25 January 2016

Yearwood calls on residents to support APUA

Antigua and Barbuda – The minister with responsibility for the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) is calling for residents to rally behind the telecoms service provider… more

AG admits ‘kinks’ in e-services, says ‘fundamentally working’

Bahamas – Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who has Cabinet responsibility for the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), has admitted there have been some “technical glitches” connected to the launch of the new e-services platform, but insists that the launch is in no way premature… more

Digicel has fastest 4G network – study

Barbados – A survey by a US-based company has suggested that Digicel customers were benefiting from the fastest 4G network in Barbados, prompting officials of the mobile phone network provider to pledge continued investment to maintain improved service in the market… more

PM Stuart meets with Digicel officials

Barbados – TELECOMMUNICATIONS MATTERS FEATURED prominently when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently at Ilaro Court with chairman of Digicel, Denis O’Brien… more

DMA considering moving towards e-marketing

Jamaica – The Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) is seeking to establish e-marketing so that more locally manufactured products could be purchased regionally and internationally… more

FLOW (Following LIME’s Old Ways)

Jamaica – In 1984, the telephone company made me wait eight years for the one and only line to my medical practice (near Half-Way Tree)… more

Digicel pays customers’ bill for one year

Regional – Digicel, in its continued effort to keeping families connected in the diaspora, has launched its latest best value promotion this tax season called, ‘Bills on Us’… more

Marketing Strategies Today: New tools to manage Facebook communication on your page

Regional – It used to be that Facebook business pages were rather static, what that meant was that people would post updates and people would like your page but not much else would happen there… more

St. Lucia Business Awards recipients win praise from Flow

Saint Lucia – Flow has congratulated the 2016 St Lucia St Lucia Business Awards winners, and commended the Chamber of Commerce for staging yet another spectacular presentation… more

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Direction of global economics hinges on rapidly evolving technology

Cayman Islands – Global economics have changed from the big fishes eating the small fishes, now it is the faster fishes eating the slower fishes as innovation and technology continues to evolve… more

The country ranks 70% in e-government

Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic has advanced as  high as 70% in e-government in recent years, according to Presidential Technology and Communication Information Office (OPTIC) director Armando Garcia… more

Guyana’s company registry to be available online

Guyana – Guyana’s company registry is expected to be among several others across the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Single Market and Economy (CSME) that are set to go online this year… more

BPO sector to create 6,000 jobs, PM says

Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that eight of the approximately 40 business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in Jamaica have five-year expansion plans that could create almost 6,000 additional jobs… more

BUSINESS BYTE: Digicel pays customers’ bills for one year

Regional – Digicel, in its continued effort to keeping families connected in the diaspora, has launched its latest best value promotion this tax season called, ‘Bills on Us’… more

CARIBBEAN: Cable and Wireless upgrades submarine cables in Caribbean

Regional – C&W Networks, part of Cable & Wireless Communications(CWC), one of the largest telecommunications service providers serving the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and United States with more than 48,000 miles of subsea fiber-optic network has selected Xtera Communications, Inc… more

It’s On Us: Digicel To Pay Customers’ Bills For A Whole Year

Regional – ONE OF the Caribbean’s most popular mobile networks, Digicel, is offering to pay all of your bills for a whole year… more

Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis FlagOpportunities Available to create lucrative Digital businesses in St Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis – InfoDev/World Bank Group under its Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) with funding support from the Canadian Government has made available more opportunities for the citizens and residents in Federation and by extension the Eastern Caribbean… more

‘Making Digicel a one stop shop for service’

Trinidad and Tobago – DIGICEL Trinidad and Tobago’s chief executive officer Sacha Thompson had a huge task when she assumed leadership of the company in March last year – to roll out a product that was completely new to the mobile network and to do so within a matter of months despite experts saying it could not be done… more

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

BTC’s FLOW TV reaches Inagua

Bahamas – After launching in Bimini last year November, the roll-out of Bahamas Telecommunications newest product, FLOW TV is progressing steadily, with Inagua being the second island to launch the product. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) packages became available to customers in Inagua on December 15th with Cat Island, Long Island and parts of Andros testing for their own approaching launches… more

Not so fast, says FLOW

Barbados – Two days ago, Irish phone company Digicel claimed that it had the fastest 4G network on island, based on a study, which it said was conducted by the US-based Brightcomms between January 5 and 12 this year… more

City’s IT Head dismissed

Guyana – Long-time City Hall employee Waynewright Orders on was on Monday dismissed from his post as head of the city’s Information Technology department… more

BPO sector, other Free Zone companies to enjoy zone benefits for another four years

Jamaica – Claude Duncan, vice-president of investment and promotions at JAMPRO – the island’s investment promotions agency, has confirmed that companies operating as Free Zone entities, including those engaged in business process outsourcing (BPO) activities, do not pay corporate income tax, and will continue to enjoy this benefit for another four years before benefits expire under the new Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act which has effectively repealed the Jamaica Export Free Zones Act… more

BPO sector to create 6,000 additional jobs in 5 years

Jamaica – PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that eight of the approximately 40 business process outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in Jamaica have five-year expansion plans that could create almost 6,000 additional jobs… more

Sutherland Launches New Delivery Center in Mandeville, Jamaica

Jamaica – International BPO firm Sutherland Global has further expanded in Jamaica, launching a new delivery center in Mandeville. This is the company’s third office in the island nation, with the other two located in Kingston and on Mona campus of the University of the West Indies… more

Tech Entrepreneur To Speak At VC Conference In March

Jamaica – Tech entrepreneur and founder of HopStop.com Chinedu Echeruo is the keynote presenter at the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) third Venture Capital Conference, scheduled for March 7-9, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew… more

ACCA re-launches microsite

Regional – The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has re-launched its Find an Accountant microsite to make it easier to locate a professionally qualified ACCA accountant or ACCA accountancy practice… more

Cable & Wireless CWC logoC&W Networks selects Xtera for submarine cable upgrade

Regional – C&W Networks, part of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), one of the largest telecommunications service providers serving the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and United States with more than 48,000 miles of subsea fiber-optic network has selected Xtera Communications to upgrade its network… more

CWC inks deal to launch TNT Series on Flow TV

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has reached a deal with Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) to bring TNT Series to the lineup of its Flow TV unit in the Caribbean… more

Former Health Minister if New ECTEL Chairman

Regional – The Hon Minister for Information Kelver Darroux has commended former Health Minister Julius Timothy on his appointment as new chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)… more

Let’s Talk Business: Is outsourcing the right move for your business?

Regional – Outsourcing is certainly becoming more popular and honestly a great option especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)… more

ON THE LEFT: Significant source for public funds

Regional – IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY could unlock digital inclusion and sustain the growth of mobile broadband, especially in emerging economies where sector specific taxation is creating barriers to access… more

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Bimini Celebrates BTC FLOW TV – Other Islands Soon to Follow

Bahamas – In a celebratory occasion at Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) marked an important milestone offering FLOW TV packages to residents and business partners in addition to Internet, Voice and Mobile, becoming the country’s first telecom quad-player… more

1Click Games Launches New Gaming Site for Bahamian Lottery Giant

Bahamas – 1Click Games, an international supplier of premium iGaming solutions, has announced the launch of new online gaming site for FML Group of Companies (hereinafter referred to as FML), leading gaming operator in the Bahamas since 1999… more

Bridging the gap between law and technology

Belize – A new attorney has been called to the Bar in Belize… more

B.T.L. Explains Network Difficulties

Belize – And this news, if you have been experiencing problems with the B.T.L. service, the company confirmed today that its prepaid short code system is facing significant issues… more

Guyana flag (Wikipedia)Telecoms Bill likely in first half of 2016

Guyana – After several setbacks coupled with the creation of a new Telecommunications Ministry, the long awaited Telecommunications Bill may make its way to the National Assembly during the first half of 2016… more

Recipients of the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Haiti – Tuesday, January 26, at a ceremony attended by nearly 600 guests from government and the private sector, Digicel proceeded with the presentation of the awards of the 6th Edition of Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year… more

Cabinet to approve third cell phone company

Jamaica – An application is now before Cabinet for the granting of a new cellular licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica… more

Cable & Wireless & WhatsApp Sign Partnership

Regional – Cable & Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have entered into a strategic marketing partnership… more

Company registries going online

Regional – Company registries within the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) are set to go online this year… more

Free ICT training and certification for unemployed youth in the south

Saint Lucia – The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme will commence FREE training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the south of the island from February 01, 2016… more

Gov’t to open more ICT centres

Saint Lucia – Saint Lucia is not being left out of the fast developing Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, says Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, who revealed several plans for this sector in 2016… more

Friday, 29 January 2016

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)BTC officially launches FLOW TV in Bimini – other islands to follow

Bahamas – In a celebratory occasion at Resorts World Bimini on Thursday, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) marked an important milestone offering FLOW TV packages to residents and business partners in addition to Internet, Voice and Mobile, becoming the country’s first telecom quad-player… more

Web Shop Boss Launches Entrepreneuship Scheme

Bahamas – ISLAND Luck CEO Sebas Bastian yesterday announced the launch of his company’s second annual OWN Bahamas entrepreneurship programme, a self-starter grant funding initiative focused on offering entrepreneurial opportunities to Bahamians… more

Web Shop Foundation To Benefit 12 Entrepreneurs

Bahamas – The Island Luck Cares Foundation yesterday unveiled the second edition of its OWN Bahamas entrepreneurship initiative, the web shop chain’s chief executive revealing that 12 successful applicants will receive grant funding… more

BARBADOS EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION: HR and social media

Barbados – OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS the use of social media has exploded with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest now a part of the daily routine of many persons… more

Digicel Lowers Text Rates as System Experiences Significant Issues

Belize – Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL), advises its customers that on Sunday, January 24, the systems which allow its DigiCell customers to check their PrePaid balances and purchase PrePaid services – known as the PrePaid Short Codes – began experiencing service degradation due to issues with both the system’s primary and backup servers… more

Altice to invest USD 138 mln in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Altice, which owns telecoms operators Orange and Tricom in the Dominican Republic, has pledged to invest DOP 6.2 billion (USD 138 million) in network upgrades throughout the country in 2016, reports Dominican Today, citing Altice COO Michel Combes… more

$3.1B for ICT; Information Technology Center to be established

Guyana – Finance Minister Winston Jordan has revealed that the government has plans to increase its investments in the Information Technology Sector with over $3B budgeted for works in the sector… more

‘BPO is not lotto scamming’

Jamaica – Sutherland Global Services business process outsourcing (BPO) centre, which recently expanded operations to this south-central town, and local community leaders are taking no chances… more

Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) Earns “Equal Weight” Rating from Barclays

Regional – Barclays restated their equal weight rating on shares of Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (LON:CWC) in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday, Market Beat.com reports. Barclays currently has a GBX 63 ($0.90) target price on the stock… more

Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) Receives “Hold” Rating from HSBC

Regional – HSBC restated their hold rating on shares of Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (LON:CWC) in a research note published on Thursday morning, MarketBeat.Com reports. The brokerage currently has a GBX 81 ($1.15) price objective on the stock… more

Call for Regional Tech Startups to attend Regional Bootcamp and Investment Matching

Regional – World Bank Group in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and OECS Commission along with local and regional implementing partners have all come together to offer a Pioneering coding “Bootcamp” for Techstartups in the Caribbean… more

Flag-map_of_Jamaica (By Andriyko_UA, Wikimedia Commons)New mobile phone company set to get approval in Jamaica

Regional – Cabinet is considering granting a new cellular licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica… more

ICT training for unemployed youth

Saint Lucia – The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme will commence FREE training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the south of the island from February 01, 2016… more

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Gov’t hoping to end GTT monopoly this year

Guyana – Government hopes to conclude negotiations with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) to liberalise the telecommunications sector and pass laws in this regard later this year… more

FLOW Changing Rules In Middle Of The Game

Jamaica – Disgusted FLOW customer. I’m compelled to write this my second letter of complaint about FLOW as I simply can’t allow Garfield Sinclair’s disgraceful pronouncements to go unchallenged. I recently watched him on a TVJ programme defending his company’s position regarding FLOW’s so-called ‘packages’… more

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Felix aiming to take passport applications online

Guyana – Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix says he is focused on not only decentralising the process for the issuance of passports but also on moving towards enabling online applications… more

Felix expects digitising of GRO records to be completed this year

Guyana – The flagship project for the Ministry of Citizenship for 2016 is the complete digitizing of records at the General Registrar Office (GRO), according to Minister Winston Felix… more

DBJ provides US$6m to fund new BPO centre

Jamaica – Dr Guna Muppuri, CEO of Bioprist Knowledge Parks, has indicated that construction of a $740-million, 75,000-square-foot business process outsourcing (BPO) centre in Montego Freeport will begin in April this year… more

 

Image credits:  GotCredit (flickr);  Wikipedia;  Marketing Magazine;  Wikipedia;  Wikipedia;  Wikimedia Commons

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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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