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Roundup: for the week ending 1 May 2016

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016.

News by GotCredit (flickr)Monday, 25 April 2016

Girls in Information Communication Technology symposium

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), along several licensees within the Electronic Communications Sector will host for the second time, a one day symposium in observance of International Girls in ICT Day in The Bahamas, April 28th, 2016… more

SINCKLER: POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF MOBILE TAX

Barbados – If the 4.5 per cent increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) on cell phone usage nets additional revenue, students other than those attending the University of the West Indies could benefit… more

Five years later, no law governing CCTVs

Cayman Islands – It has been nearly five years since the Cayman Islands government began installing closed-circuit television cameras to monitor public rights of way on Grand Cayman and in that time, no legislation governing the use of those devices has been approved… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Some candw.ky email accounts compromised

Cayman Islands – Hackers have taken advantage of the candw.ky email platform to steal sensitive information from some email accounts, authorities said… more

Leading telecom guarantees array of services on election day

Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic’s biggest telecom on Monday guaranteed its service to the Central Electoral Board (JCE) for the May 15 general elections, and said it’s ready to meet the process’ transmission and communication needs… more

Digicel strengthens female workforce with ‘Will Power’ Series

Regional – Digicel has announced its latest internal initiative, the Women in Leadership Learning Power series, (WILL Power), aimed at empowering and grooming female employees for leadership roles across the organisation… more

Hotels facing online competition

Regional – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has told its 32 member associations of a new challenge for the sector from the rapid rise of the online vacation home rental industry and other sharing economy businesses in the region… more

Marketing Strategies Today: Five tips for Facebook Live video

Regional – Facebook, the number one social media platform today and one of the most important companies in the digital world, is on an upward trend in the video industry… more

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Businessman: BTC Internet service in Exuma ‘horrible’

Bahamas – President of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce Pedro Rolle yesterday lashed out at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), describing its Internet service as “horrible”… more

BPO Operations to be Expanded

Jamaica – Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations are to be expanded in Montego Bay, St. James, and Portmore, St. Catherine, this fiscal year, with an allocation of $1.91 billion… more

Cell phones not allowed in CSEC, CAPE exams, Education ministry reminds

Jamaica – The Ministry of Education today reminded candidates sitting subjects in the Caribbean Examinations Council-administered Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) starting May 2, that mobile phones are not allowed in the examination rooms or centres… more

OUR celebrates ‘Girls in ICT’

Jamaica – THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is to host about 200 female students from across the island at a one-day seminar and exhibition in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day on Thursday… more

Saint_Lucia flagGovernment to open fourth ICT Access Centre in Anse La Raye

Saint Lucia – The Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting will open the fourth Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Access Centre, and the third in three weeks on Wednesday 27th April, 2016, in the village of Anse La Raye… more

ACT ON CYBER CRIME

Trinidad and Tobago – Independent Senator Sophia Chote has suggested that Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi amend existing laws which would help the people who are under pressure and are victims of cyber crimes but can get no justice as it stands now… more

Telecom Seeds for the Future UWI Huawei

Trinidad and Tobago – A TWO-WEEK visit to China at the end of June is officially in the works for six second- year engineering students from The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus… more

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Cyber expert confirms presence of ‘ransomware’ in The Bahamas

Bahamas – A dangerous “ransomware” virus scam that affected several businesses in the Cayman Islands is now impacting local Bahamian businesses, including those in the financial services sector… more

Telecoms Bill returns to National Assembly next month

Guyana – After months of consultations with a number of stakeholders, the Telecommunications Bill is expected to be tabled again in Guyana’s National Assembly by the end of May 2016… more

$J2-million to expand BPO operations

Jamaica – Nearly J$2 billion will be spent by the Government to expand Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations in Montego Bay, St. James and Portmore, St. Catherine, this fiscal year… more

e-Gov Jamaica Enhancing Productivity

Jamaica – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of e-Gov Jamaica Limited, Herman Athias, says his Agency continues to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the nation’s Government agencies, 30 years later… more

ICT to be Directly Incorporated into Curriculum

Jamaica – State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says there will be increased emphasis on directly incorporating information and communication technology (ICT) into various areas of the school curriculum… more

University Hospital Of The West Indies Goes Digital

Jamaica – The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) will convert to an electronic hospital management system come May 1, under a US$1-million investment… more

Jamaica flag (Wikipedia)Quisk says Jamaica is fertile ground for mobile banking software

Jamaica – DAVID Koerner, director of marketing at Silicon Valley-based start-up Quisk, Inc thinks that Jamaica’s comparatively high mobile phone penetration makes it ideally suited for the introduction of its Finovate mobile banking solution… more

100 Days To RIO 2016 – Until The Magic Begins!

Regional – On April 27th, Flow joins International Olympic Committee (IOC) partners all over the world in celebration of the official 100-day countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games… more

DIGICEL BUSINESS WINS DOUBLE AT AVAYA AWARDS

Regional – Digicel Business recently won two major awards at the Avaya Partner Engage Week ceremony which just wrapped up in Miami… more

Pundit Shiva’s mission — keeping T&T cyber-safe

Trinidad and Tobago – PUNDIT Shiva Maharaj is a man on many missions. As a Hindu Pundit he is tasked with the spiritual upliftment of devotees at his temple… more

Thursday, 28 April 2016

ICT the new economic horizon, chamber, BTC say

Bahamas – CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Edison Sumner, discussing some of his efforts to gain opportunities for the Bahamian business community, insisted that development of The Bahamas’ information and communications technology (ICT) community remains a relatively untapped means of economic growth… more

Belize’s internet providers make history

Belize – All Internet providers in Belize have come together to form a non-profit company called the Belize Internet Exchange Point (BIXP) in order to vastly improve internet based services in the country… more

St. Kitts and Nevis’ CARICOM Youth Ambassadors celebrate girls in ICT Day 2016

Saint Kitts and Nevis – St. Kitts and Nevis’ CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA) join other member states in the region to celebrate International Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day 2016, today, Thursday 28… more

Digicel Supports International Girls in ICT Day Across its Markets

Regional – In recognition of International Girls in ICT Day, Digicel is saluting its female employees across its operations and thanking them for their role in helping to make the company and by extension, the ICT sector, a success… more

Nun: We are a cable TV society

Trinidad and Tobago – “We have become a society of cable TV.” So said Sr Renee Hall, a Dominican Sister of St Catherine Siena Order and teacher at Holy Name Convent, Port of Spain when she addressed a number of Christian leaders on Wednesday at a press conference in San Fernando… more

Friday, 29 April 2016

Liberty Global To Buy BTC

Bahamas – BTC could have a new parent company in a matter of weeks… more

Union: ‘We’ll Meet New BTC Owner At Airport’

Bahamas – Union representatives yesterday said they plan “to meet Liberty Global at the airport and see what baggage they’re carrying”, with the company’s acquisition of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) majority owner set to close on May 13… more

BROADCASTERS MUST PUSH LOCAL CONTENT

Barbados – The right legislative environment aimed at promoting artistes in small islands like Barbados can help those persons to thrive… more

Belize flag (Wikipedia)Belize Internet Exchange Point speeds up service

Belize – Nine of Belize’s internet service providers (ISPs) have partnered to establish Belize’s first internet exchange point (BIXP), which will greatly speed up local internet traffic, allowing for greater efficiency and reduced costs… more

Loggerhead Goes Long Distance For Turtle Telephone Directory

Belize – BTL’s 2016 telephone directory was released today – and this year Oceana snagged the cover page for an endangered turtle species, in this case, a logger head turtle… more

CCT: Services restored following outage

British Virgin islands – After experiencing hours of connection outage in the British Virgin Islands, telecommunications company CCT announced that its services have been restored fully… more

Cayman under cyber-attack, says ICTA

Cayman Islands – As local telecommunications provider Flow issued another alert about phishing scams impacting its customers, the managing director of the Information & Communications Technology Authority warned that Cayman is being targeted by cyber criminals… more

All radio, TV licences to be re-evaluated – Broadcasting Authority

Guyana – All radio and television stations, including 20 radio frequencies that were unilaterally licensed by the President Bharrat Jagdeo, would have to be evaluated in keeping with a new national plan for frequency allocation and coverage area, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) announced on Friday… more

Guyana finally getting high-speed mobile data….4G

Guyana – Guyanese are on the verge of benefiting from higher data speeds on their mobile phones, with one of the country’s major phone companies announcing that it has been granted approval to offer 4G service… more

Implementing technology solutions within Ministries will reduce costs while improving overall quality of service to Guyanese citizens

Guyana – It has been more than 15 years since the first e-government program was launched in the United States, while in 2015, stakeholders in developing nations like Guyana, have yet to realize the benefits of computerized government departments that use technology to improve customer service, save lives, reduce costs, improve service delivery and extend service hours… more

No political interference for state media – Granger

Guyana – President David Granger has made it clear that his administration is not in the business of politically interfering with the day to day operations of Guyana’s state media entities… more

Sale of GTT shares…Buyer claims side deal done to waive remaining US$5M

Guyana – The controversy surrounding the sale of government’s 20 percent shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) continues to grow… more

Digicel launches scholarship and internship programme to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT’

Jamaica – Digicel Business announced today that it will be offering a three-year scholarship valued at US$3,000 for young women to pursue tertiary level studies in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)… more

Online energy tool developed for students

Jamaica – Secondary school students now have the benefit of an online tool to conduct energy research for projects and prepare for examinations… more

STATIN using technology to improve efficiency

Jamaica – DIRECTOR General at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, says the entity has been making use of technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operations… more

Technology minister wants more women in ICT

Jamaica – Energy, Science and Technology Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, is underscoring the need for greater female involvement in the field of information and communication technology (ICT)… more

FLOW brings the Olympics to its customers

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Flow subscribers across the region, are in for a treat, as far as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are concerned… more

Saturday, 30 April 2016

BTC Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day!

Bahamas – BTC is proud to participate yet again in the globally recognized, International Girls in ICT Day…. more

Belize launches Caribbean’s latest internet exchange point

Belize – The Belize Public Utilities Commission announced that Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27 at the campus of the University of Belize… more

Dominican Republic records 8.85 mln mobile lines in Feb

Dominican Republic – A total of 8.85 million mobile lines were in operation in the Dominican Republic in February 2016, compared with 8.82 million a month earlier, according to data published by the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel)… more

Guyana flag (Wikipedia)Broadcasting body proposing lower fees for TV operators

Guyana – The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has recommended a new fee structure which will see a steep cut in the rate for television broadcasters and it is looking at all available options to recover $121M in licensing fees from delinquent operators… more

Gov’t must now present its evidence on outstanding payment for GTT shares

Guyana – Dear Editor, I write in reference to the Stabroek News article titled, `NICIL says has not received outstanding US$5M for GTT shares’ (April 29). To use President Granger’s summation of the situation, this “fiasco” is beginning to look like a comedy of astronomical proportions… more

Guyana promises no media interference

Guyana – PRESIDENT David Granger, speaking at a workshop to train local journalists and other media practitioners in reporting on suicides, yesterday laid out his government’s policy on the media, declaring that the executive will not meddle in the affairs of the private or state media, and reiterating that the state media has responsibility to offer a voice to the opposition and others in society… more

GTT gets approval for faster internet service to mobile customers

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has announced that it is getting ready to roll out its 4G (fourth generation) service… more

TVG facing loss of licence

Guyana – TVG Guyana Inc (Channel 28), which is owned by businessman Bobby Ramroop, has failed to submit its financial records to the Board of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) and if this situation persists will get no broadcast licence for 2016… more

Sunday, 1 May 2016

TVG “ain’t gon see a licence for 2016″- GNBA

Guyana – Dr. Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop’s constant refusal to furnish the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) with the audited financial statements of his television station—Television Guyana Inc.—will most likely see him off air. This was made clear by GNBA’s Director, Anthony Vieira… more

 

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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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