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Roundup: for the week ending 3 April 2016

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 28 March to Sunday 3 April 2016.

Newsstand by Mars Hill Church (flickr)Monday, 28 March 2016

Business Monday: ICT Changing Our Lives

Barbados – AS BARBADIAN companies look to achieve greater efficiencies they are being reminded that leveraging advances in communications technology is imperative to surviving in the modern business world… more

Fraser claims CCT may lose millions; wants action

British Virgin Islands – While noting that the locally owned CCT Global Communication is likely to lose millions in investment if it is prevented from using the state-owned 700 MHz spectrum, Leader of the Opposition Julian Fraser has called for the government to urgently intervene in the spectrum-related dispute between CCT and the territory’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)… more

Selorm Adadevoh Appointed CEO Digicel Haiti

Haiti – Digicel has disclosed that Ghanaian  Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Operations Officer in Haiti, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Haiti to  succeed Carlos Caceres who will assume the role of Chief Operations Officer for Digicel Caribbean and Central America… more

Marketing Strategies Today: How to market to a Facebook niche successfully

Regional – You can easily target a specific niche on Facebook with different advertisement formats and several ad targeting parameters. Understanding your Facebook targeting plan is very essential to your business as Americans consistently spend approximately 40 minutes of their day on Facebook… more

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Marshmallowed in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago – Most international models of the Samsung Galaxy S5 haven’t received Android 6.0 Marshmallow yet. South Korea obviously got it first but another country is eligible for the latest update… more

T&T ranks high for service delivery

Trinidad and Tobago – T&T has been ranked among the world’s most desirable global service delivery locations in the 2016 A T Kearney Global Services Location Index.. more

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Free Wi-Fi in A&E

Barbados – VISITORS TO THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY (A&E) Department can keep their relatives up-to-date on their loved one’s medical progress on various social media platforms thanks to provision of free Wi-Fi from Promotech Business Solutions… more

Anti-money laundering risk assessment looks at Mobile Money, phone cards

Guyana – A workshop organised by the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance will be looking at the use of Mobile Money and phone cards as forms of money laundering in Guyana over the next few days… more

Flag-map_of_Jamaica (By Andriyko_UA, Wikimedia Commons)Minister Wheatley requests Security Audit of Government Websites

Jamaica – Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Honourable Andrew Wheatley, has requested that the websites of all Government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) undergo security audits in an effort to determine their level of exposure to cyber attacks… more

The Backup Sermon

Regional – It seems oddly relevant, on the Tuesday after one of the most sacred weekends on the Christian calendar, to be talking about backup… more

Updated ‘My Digicel’ app released

Regional – Digicel has announced the release of the latest version (v5.34) of its ‘My Digicel’ app for Android smartphones, an interactive and user-friendly tool that allows customers to manage their overall mobile experience… more

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Robotics Course for Teachers

Barbados – As the island seeks to build the popularity of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among students, it is believed that the technical world of robotics will help pave the way… more

Phoenix Tower International closes on 145 wireless communication tower sites and marketing rights to over 400 wireless communication tower sites from Viva in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) via its subsidiary Phoenix Tower Dominicana S.A.S. announces that it has closed its transaction with Trilogy Dominicana, S.A. (“Viva”) to acquire the ownership or management and marketing rights relating to over 400 wireless communication tower sites from Viva… more

Jamaica Moves Up Seven Places On Entrepreneurship Index

Jamaica – Jamaica has moved up seven places on the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) and is now ranked at 90, earning a score of 27.3 out of a possible 100… more

Massive Anti-Lottery Scamming Operation Underway

Jamaica – A massive police operation spanning three parishes is now underway as the Jamaica Constabulary Force moves to crack down on lottery scamming and the illegal guns trade… more

Digicel Business Partners With Tata Communications To Connect Caribbean Enterprises For The Future

Regional – Digicel Business today announced a partnership with Tata Communications, operator of the largest wholly-owned subsea cable network in the world, to deliver world-class connectivity to enterprise customers in the region… more

How to decide when to post online

Regional – I’ve often seen articles that suggest a “best time” to post on social media sites. However, every time I do, a few questions cross my mind… more

PitchIT C’bean to host regional contest for tech entrepreneurs

Regional – PitchIT Caribbean, a Canadian-Government funded programme concerned with mobile app development in the Caribbean, will host the region’s biggest tech entrepreneurship competition on June 3-4 in Montego Bay, St James… more

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Barbados flag (Wikipedia)Cyber attack warning

Barbados – BARBADOS IS NOT READY for a cyber attack. Neither are any of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new study has found… more

Telecoms service goes retail

Barbados – GEORGE NEWTON is a small businessman who took a big leap of faith when he quit his steady job and decided he wanted to be his own boss… more

Dominican lawmakers be warned: The Web is watching

Dominican Republic – The think tank Institutionalism and Justice Foundation (FINJUS) on Thursday announced the launch of a website to monitor the legislative work of Congress… more

Lottery Scam Takes Massive Hit – Nineteen, Including Cop, Taken Into Custody

Jamaica – The infamous lottery scam took a massive hit yesterday, with 19 people, including a policeman and seven women, taken into custody and more than $1.8 million in Jamaican currency seized… more

Samsung Launches New S7 And S7 Edge

Jamaica – Samsung Electronics is set to release its newly redefined smartphones – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge – in Jamaica on April 1… more

Digicel Play announces new content licensing agreement with CBS Studios International

Regional – Digicel Play today announced a new content licencing agreement with CBS Studios International (CBS) to bring even more riveting content to Digicel Play subscribers across the region… more

FLOW St. Kitts & Nevis Service Interruption (March 31, 2016)

Saint Kitts and Nevis – FLOW is currently experiencing landline service interruption in the areas of Old Road to Newton Ground… more

Friday, 1 April 2016

E-Mail Leak Spooks Doctors Over NHI

Bahamas – The Save the Bays e-mail controversy has further spooked doctors already worried about provisions in the draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that seemingly jeopardise patient confidentiality and data protection… more

Final countdown to Bahamas Social Media Summit this Tuesday April 5th

Bahamas – The final countdown to Bahamas Social Media Summit is on as the much touted businesspersons event will take place this Tuesday April 5th, 2016 at the Royal Palm room at the Grand Lucayan Resort… more

Mobile Rival Can ‘Roam’ BTC For First Three Years

Bahamas – Regulators are proposing to allow the Cable Bahamas-managed second mobile operator to deliver services via the rival Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) for a three-year period until its own infrastructure is built out… more

Regulators Propose BTC Connect Change

Bahamas – Regulators are proposing that the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) change its standard interconnection offer to rival carriers to facilitate upcoming mobile market competition… more

Cyber attack warning

Barbados – BARBADOS IS NOT READY for a cyber attack. Neither are any of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new study has found… more

Overstock.com takes stake in Bitcoin platform

Barbados – Overstock.com has taken a US$4m stake in Bitt.com – a Caribbean-based financial technology firm looking to digitize Barbadian dollar transactions using the blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoin… more

Government divisions receive ICT packages

Dominica – ICT packages of equipment worth EC$653,000 were presented to various government divisions which are beneficiaries of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP)… more

TAJ apologises for online property Government divisions receive ICT packages

Dominica – ICT packages of equipment worth EC$653,000 were presented to various government divisions which are beneficiaries of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP)… more

Digital Interactive Services signs Mayberry as financial advisor

Jamaica – Digital Interactive Services Limited (DISL) has retained the services of investment bank Mayberry Investments Ltd as the company’s lead financial advisor… more

Jamaica among top regional BPO centres — new report

Jamaica – Zagada Institute — the research arm of Zagada Markets, a business development analytics firm — says Jamaica is one of six top business process outsourcing markets in Central America and the Caribbean… more

Tax system glitch

Jamaica – Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is apologising to taxpayers intending to pay their 2016/17 property tax online… more

BUSINESS BYTE: Digicel launches Samsung Galaxy S7

Regional – Today, Digicel launches the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge capable of transforming the lives of consumers in the Caribbean and Central America… more

Digicel Launches Samsung Galaxy S7

Regional – Today, Digicel launches the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge capable of transforming the lives of consumers in the Caribbean and Central America… more

Cable & Wireless CWC logoLiberty Pledges No Further Job Cuts At C&W

Regional – Leading cable provider Liberty Global, acknowledging a 1,000 staff reduction during the nine months to December 2015 at Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), which operates regionally, has pledged to safeguard against further cuts when shareholders vote this month on whether to approve the company’s offer to acquire the telecommunications outfit… more

FLOW St. Kitts & Nevis Service Interruption

Saint Kitts and Nevis – FLOW is upgrading its Broadband network in the areas of Irish Town and Cayon Street on Saturday 2nd April, 2016… more

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Bittcoin to the rescue?

Barbados – Barbados may have found an answer to the “creeping cancer” of the de-risking of corresponding banking with the launch today of a new digital currency… more

Overstock.com invests in Barbados digital currency company

Barbados – The financial technology firm that recently launched a digitized version of the Barbados currency has received a multi-million-dollar investment from US online retailer Overstock.com… more

Ozone coming

Barbados – A new mobile telephone company is set to begin operations here, providing competition for the established telecommunications companies and an additional option for Barbadian customers… more

Dominica launches new anti-crime software

Dominica – Dominica has launched a new initiative that will allow people to submit reports of persons or businesses engaged in suspicious activities… more

More Scammers On US Radar For Extradition

Jamaica – At least 14 major players involved in lottery scamming in Jamaica are believed to be on the radar of United States authorities who are working with their Jamaican counterparts in an effort to bring local scammers to justice in the United States (US)… more

Digicel launches latest Samsung phones

Trinidad and Tobago – Digicel has launched the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, in the Caribbean and Central America… more

Trinidad_and_Tobago FlagSamsung brings Smart schools to T&T

Trinidad and Tobago – Samsung has committed to modernising T&T’s education system through its Smart Classroom initiative, the technology giant’s regional marketing manager, Jennifer Donley announced on Thursday evening… more

Samsung S7 and S7 Edge in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago – SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd introduced the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Gear 360, Gear S2 and Gear VR in fine style at the Trinidad Hilton on Thursday… more

Sunday, 3 April 2016

National ICT policy framework being revised-Darroux

Dominica – Minister of Information, Science, Telecommunications any Technology, Kelvar Darroux, has stated that his Ministry is in the process of revising the National ICT Policy framework… more

Self Image And Your TV Remote

Regional – Cable repairman Jeff responded to a client’s complaint that his television was only showing movies and he wanted news… more


Image credit:  Mars Hill Church (flickr);  Wikimedia Commons;  Wikipedia;  Marketing Magazine;  Wikipedia


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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