Roundup: for the week ending 17 July 2016

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 11 July to Sunday 17 July 2016.

Monday, 11 July 2016


Regional – Agama Technologies has announced that Jamaica-based Digicel Group has selected Agama to provide its end-to-end DTV monitoring solution… more

Marketing Strategies Today: Thirteen visual tools to blow up your Pinterest marketing

Regional – If you’re using Pinterest on a daily basis, you’ve probably wondered if you could somehow boost your own marketing too… more

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

800 Job Applications For New Mobile Player

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas had received around 800 applications for jobs with the nation’s second mobile provider by end-last week, it was revealed yesterday, and is confident the new operator can beat its financial targets… more


Barbados – Customers of “The Bigger, Better Network” can prepare to pay a bigger slice of the 22 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) which Government imposed on mobile phone services at the start of this year… more

Chamber of Commerce Condemns Delay in B.T.L. Settlement

Belize – Another issue of national importance is the recent B.T.L. Arbitration Award… more

Unified Technologies expands into Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands – Unified Technologies has opened Unified Tech Cayman Ltd. in Grand Cayman as part of its expansion into the Caribbean, the company said… more

Gov’t working with Digicel on emergency calls – Ramjattan

Guyana – The Ministry of Public Security is currently in consultation with mobile phone service provider, Digicel as it prepares to develop a command centre to effectively handle emergency calls, GINA said yesterday… more

Tech Bytes: Bolt’s Twitter emoji…FB allows graphic content…Pokemon Go taking people places

Jamaica – Bolt gets Twitter emoji… more

Tech Tips: Best practices for securing your smartphone

Jamaica – In today’s world where your smartphone is virtually your ‘office on-the-go, main productivity tool and the one device that you are most likely to go back for at home… more

NetCents Partners with Bitt Inc.

Regional – NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE: NC) (“NetCents” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Bitt Inc. (“”), a financial technology and digital asset exchange company that trades Bitcoin as well as other exotic currencies… more

Ericsson to Provide World-Class Managed Services for Flow Mobile Networks in Caribbean

Regional – Three-year contract for managed services of the Flow mobile network in the North Caribbean region… more

Let’s Talk Business: Technology’s role in human resource

Regional – Advancements in information technology and the widespread use of the different social media platforms have completely redefined business practices across all industries and dramatically impacted human resources practices across the board… more

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Bahamas flag (Wikipedia)“Cable Bahamas Awarded Cellular Licence Amid Many Flaws”

Bahamas – Dear Editor, Cable Bahamas Limited has been awarded the second mobile cellular license in the country amid a litany of flaws as a cable television provider which has left thousands of Bahamians throughout the archipelago without the service since 1995… more

Cable Bahamas Ltd announces $50M preferred share offering

Bahamas – Following both the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) & Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) press releases issued on Friday July 8th announcing the award of the second cellular license to NewCo2015 Limited (NewCo) and further to its previously announced expansion plans in Florida, CBL announces today that it will be offering a private placement preferred share offering… more

Cable Targets 14 Per Cent EBITDA Growth – Without Newco

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas yesterday disclosed it is targeting a 14 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in earnings before taxation over the next five years – a goal that excludes potential benefits from its stake in the nation’s second mobile provider… more


Grenada – The Ministries of Agriculture and Health, and the Royal Grenada Police Force (Government Agencies) in collaboration with the Grenada Customs & Excise Division is pleased to report that mechanisms are in place and the Agencies are now ready to implement the Single Window Module (License Module) of the Asycuda World System… more


Regional – From 1 August, Digicel Play will add the channel Flow Sports (Cable & Wireless) to its line-up of content throughout all of its TV markets in the Caribbean… more

Flow’s Olympic App – Innovation For Customers ‘On The Go’

Regional – Flow customers will have yet another exciting option to experience the Olympic Games, as Flow – the region’s leading content provider and ‘Official Broadcast Partner of Rio 2016 Olympic Games’ – introduces FlowRio2016Extra, the ‘take the Olympic Games with you’ App… more

GlobalNexus Announces New Subsea Cable to Service The Bahamas, Canada, Eastern Caribbean and South America

Regional – Bahamas-based GlobalNexus Ltd. (GlobalNexus) has announced its entry into the telecommunications market to improve business efficiency in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. The move will seamlessly connect the region to the rest of the world… more

Officials updated on ICT Centre upgrade

Saint Kitts and Nevis – On Wednesday government officials toured the Information and Communication Technology Centre in East Basseterre to get an update on the improvements underway at the location… more

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Cable Bahamas

Bahamas – CABLE Bahamas Limited has been awarded the second mobile cellular license in the country amid a litany of flaws as a cable television provider which has left thousands of Bahamians throughout the archipelago without the service since 1995… more

Cable Confirms Capital Raising Profits ‘Drag’

Bahamas – Cable Bahamas has acknowledged that costs associated with recent debt capital raisings “have dragged on profitability and cash flow”, helping push it into a $14.371 million net loss for 2015… more

Belize flag (Wikipedia)GOB makes 1st payment for BTL

Belize – The government of Belize has made its first of two payments as settlement for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL)… more

GOB makes first payment to Ashcroft

Belize – The Government of Belize paid over $190 million to the Ashcroft Alliance this week as part of the arbitration award for the nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL)… more

How Did 7 Year litigation with Ashcroft impact Government Coffers?

Belize – The usual suspects have flocked the airwaves to criticize Government’s execution of the BTL nationalization… more

Man vs Technology

Belize – Social Networks such as facebook, twitter, instagram, and snapchat for the past years have been sculpting the pathway of people becoming inseparable and even addicted to their devices… more

ICTA investigators denied entry into Flow

Cayman Islands – Information & Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) investigators were reportedly denied entry into Flow’s Eastern Avenue headquarters on Wednesday (13 July) when they attempted to serve notice and obtain documents from the telecommunications giant as part of an ongoing investigation… more

Telecom regulator can require universal service

Cayman Islands – Cayman’s telecom regulator now has the power to require phone and Internet companies to pay into a fund for universal service to ensure access for people and businesses in the Sister Islands and the eastern districts… more

Billing complaints spike, says OUR

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is reporting that between January to March 2016, there has been a spike in the number of complaints about billing matters… more

Flow offers customer Olympic Games experience

Jamaica – Telecommunications firm Flow has made a really happy customer out of accounting professional Monica Stone-Brown, as she was a lucky winner of a trip for two to the Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil… more

Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) Funds Cybersecurity Campaign

Jamaica – The Government’s national cybersecurity public-education and -awareness campaign is being funded at a cost of over $15 million by the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA)… more

OUR Records First Quarter Spike In Billing Complaints

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has reported an increase in the number of billing complaints received for the first quarter of 2016 over the previous quarter… more

B.T.B. Hosts Digital Branding Conference

Regional – Day one of a two-day conference on digital branding took started this afternoon at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City… more

CARIRI launches IT help desk for small businesses

Regional – On July 7, the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) launched a new initiative, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Help Desk for Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) called CARISupport… more

CWC posts net decline in mobile subscribers in Q4

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) said it saw a net loss of 94,800 mobile subscribers over the its fiscal fourth quarter to end-March, narrowing from a loss of 159,300 clients in the year-earlier period… more

FLOW launches Olympic app

Regional – Flow customers will have yet another exciting option to experience the Olympic Games, as Flow – the region’s leading content provider and ‘Official Broadcast Partner of Rio 2016 Olympic Games’ – introduces FlowRio2016Extra, the ‘take the Olympic Games with you’ App… more

blink | bmobile, IFC showcase TT to overseas firms

Trinidad and Tobago – The Trinidad and Tobago International Outsourcing Summit took place for the first time, on June 15-16, and convened some of the world’s top decision makers in international outsourcing to learn of TT’s strengths as an international business centre… more

Detour-tech out, Starbucks in

Trinidad and Tobago – ELECTRONICS retailer Detour-tech is moving its prime location at MovieTowne in Port of Spain to make way for the country’s first Starbucks coffeehouse… more

Friday, 15 July 2016

BTC, COB ink $50K innovation lab deal

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday signed a $50,000 memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The College of The Bahamas (COB) for a new “innovation lab”… more

BTC Signs MOU for Innovation Lab at College of The Bahamas

Bahamas – As a gift to the nation in celebration of the country’s forty-third year of Independence, BTC has signed a $50,000 Memorandum of Understanding with The College of The Bahamas (COB) for a new Innovation Lab… more

Williams to NewCo: Welcome to BTC country

Bahamas – CEO of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) Leon Williams welcomes competition from the second mobile licensee… more


Barbados – Digicel Barbados’ CEO, Conor Looney, stated, “Our market share continues to increase, more and more customers in Barbados are choosing Digicel.” … more

Opposition Leader Stands In Agreement With BBCI on BTL Negotiations

Belize – On Tuesday the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BBCI) issued a release chastising the Government of Belize on the nationalization of Belize Telemedia, stating that the acquisition was not made under the parameter of the law, also adding that GOB’s prolonged negotiations will create a negative impact on all Belizeans… more

Opposition Leader Weighs In On First Payment Made For BTL

Belize – Yesterday the government of Belize delivered the first half of the over half a billion dollar settlement for the nationalization of the Belize Telemedia Ltd, as set by the permanent court of arbitration… more

CCT also included – spectrum allocation in August

British Virgin Islands – After initially being shut out of the Spectrum Award process in the British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT) is now among the three telecom companies that have been declared successfully registered… more

Cayman_Islands flag (Wikipedia)Telecoms giant blocks Cayman regulator from offices

Cayman Islands – An attempt by the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) to enter the main Cayman office of Cable and Wireless this week was met with a refusal, officials from the regulator have confirmed… more

Cuba, young and free

Cuba – A new generation of artists are taking hope from Cuba’s tentative embrace of the internet and the possibility of a rapprochement with the USA… more

Guyana telecoms company allegedly obstructs service for emerging newspaper

Guyana – Guyana-born international journalist and multi-faceted businessman Dennis Adonis has accused the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) of being a “communications tyrant” and a frequent albatross around the neck of Guyana’s economic progress… more

Digital Marketing: BTB Hosts Conference for Online Advertisers

Regional – The marketplace of the future inarguably has its origin in social media… more

4G licences coming by September: TATT chair

Trinidad and Tobago – A third mobile provider is coming and could be awarded its licence as early as September, 2016… more

DETOUR-tech shocked, disappointed*

Trinidad and Tobago – BARADA Information Systems Ltd, which operates DETOUR-tech electronics stores, said yesterday it was shocked and disappointed when MovieTowne decided to terminate Detour-tech’s tenancy from its prime location at the cineplex and shopping complex in Port of Spain… more

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Flow celebrates first anniversary

Barbados – Telecoms giant, Flow celebrated its first anniversary today with an island-wide motorcade that ended with a free public concert dubbed “Big Blue Live” in Heroes Square, Bridgetown… more

Barbados underscores importance of ICT to economic development of region

Barbados – Barbados Telecommunication Minister Darcy Boyce says the vision of a single information communication and technology (ICT) space as outlined by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders , is concrete recognition of the role that technology must play in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean… more

GOB raising funds to pay Ashcroft from treasury notes and bills

Belize – The Government of Belize is raising funds on the domestic market to finance the payment of the arbitration award amounting to nearly half-a-billion dollars to the Ashcroft group of companies, whose shares the Government of Belize assumed when it nationalized Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) back in 2009… more

The sacred cow

Belize – Amandala welcomes this week’s statement from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on the national financial catastrophe which the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) has become… more

Crowdfunding at work

Regional – Very soon, women entrepreneurs across the Caribbean will have a new way to raise much needed capital for their ventures. FundRiseHER™, the first ever Commonwealth-wide crowdfunding initiative, was announced on July 5, alongside the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, which took place in Guyana from July 4 – 6… more

Sunday, 17 July 2016

BOJ issues first mobile wallet licence

Jamaica – THE Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) on Tuesday granted a licence to the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League (JCCUL) for Conec — the mobile wallet payment service that will allow delivery on a full commercial basis… more


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