Roundup: for the week ending 4 December 2016

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 28 November to Sunday 4 December 2016.

Monday, 28 November 2016

BTC Attracts 3,000 To Black Friday Sale

Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) says it recorded “phenomenal” sales on its ‘Black Friday’ promotion, with more than 3,000 customers flocking to its South West Plaza store last Friday… more

Definitions of broadcasting in legislation across the globe are generally consistent with the one crafted for Guyana

Guyana – Dear Editor, I came across a misguided letter in the Stabroek News of November 24, carrying the headline ‘The erroneous definition of broadcasting has not been removed from the Telecommunications Bill’ by Tony Vieira… more

Businesses Urged To Invest In ICT To Modernise HR Functions

Jamaica – Human resources professionals from across the Commonwealth ended two days of discussions and deliberations in Kingston last Wednesday with a clearer understanding of the impact that information and communications technologies (ICT) will have on the management of human capital… more

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

BTC adds value to its mobile product and looks ahead at 5G

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has provided mobile services throughout the length and breadth of the country for almost 20 years now… more

Digicel boss: 2016 has been an extraordinary year

British Virgin Islands – Digicel celebrated its eighth anniversary with the Territory’s most awaited Black Friday sale… more

NTRC continues to contribute to development of ICT in Dominica

Dominica – The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) through the Universal Service Fund (USF) is once again contributing to the development of Information Technology on the island… more

GTT refuses to refund credit

Guyana – Dear Editor, On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, I received a message from GTT at 1.16pm saying “Due to a mobile network system upgrade, customers will be unable to buy data from 6 pm today to 8 pm… more

Take Precautions when Conducting Mobile Money Transactions

Jamaica – Persons utilising their cell phones to conduct money transactions, including banking, paying bills and purchasing goods and services, are being urged to take greater precautions… more

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Antigua_and_Barbuda Flag (Wikipedia)Antigua gives US new deadline to end gaming dispute

Antigua and Barbuda – The Antigua and Barbuda government has given the United States until the end of the year to settle the long running dispute over internet gaming amid claims in excess of US$200 million… more

CB customers still without services

Bahamas – Nearly seven weeks after the passing of Hurricane Matthew many Cable Bahamas customers, both residential and business, say they are still without service… more

Lightbourn Doubts There Will Ever Be A Report On BTC Sale

Bahamas – MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn yesterday expressed doubt that the newly formed select committee to probe the controversial sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd will ever produce a report… more

Be Careful With Mobile Transactions – Dunn

Jamaica – Persons utilising their cell phones to conduct money transactions, including banking, paying bills and purchasing goods and services, are being urged to take greater precautions… more

CONEC selected to deliver PATH benefits on mobile platform

Jamaica – Heston Hutto, CEO of JaMobile — the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League (JCCUL) subsidiary which manages CONEC Mobile Wallet — indicates that the mobile money service developed by JCCUL with technology partner Mozido, has been selected by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) to roll out a pilot delivering Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) benefits to beneficiaries across the island… more

Data Protection Act to be tabled in Parliament next year

Jamaica – The Government will be making changes to critical pieces of  legislation that will enable a more robust framework in protecting personal information in cyber-space… more

Gov’t to Provide More Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Jamaica – In a drive to facilitate greater Internet access to Jamaicans, the Government will continue to roll out free secured Wi-Fi hotspots in popular public places across the island… more

Gov’t to Strengthen Legislation to Protect Personal Information in Cyberspace

Jamaica – The Government will be making changes to critical pieces of legislation that will enable a more robust framework in protecting personal information in cyberspace… more

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Dominican Republic: Wireless growth leader

Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is one of the leading growth markets for wireless telephony in Latin America, according to a Latinvex analysis of data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)… more

Jamaica moving to protect personal info in cyberspace

Jamaica – The Government will be making changes to critical pieces of legislation that will enable a more robust framework in protecting personal information in cyberspace… more

Fixing our problem of communication

Trinidad and Tobago – The Diego Martin Public Library (DMPL)—the National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis) being its head office in Port of Spain —has been closed thus far for the year 2016… more

Huawei launches new P9 in exciting deal with bmobile

Trinidad and Tobago – Postpaid customers, who sign up for or upgrade to a bmobile ‘Postpaid Everything’ plan, as well as purchase the new Huawei P9 or Huawei P9 Lite smartphone, will enjoy great deals of bundled data and minutes, as well as vastly reduced prices on the leading-edge smartphones… more

TSTT logo (Wikipedia)TSTT to roll out $3.7b strategic plan

Trinidad and Tobago – REPUBLIC Bank Ltd (RBL) and majority State-owned telecoms provider Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) will today share details of a $2 billion financing package to partially fund TSTT’s $3.7 billion strategic plan to invest in new technology and infrastructure… more

The evolution of media

Trinidad and Tobago – Usually, the media bring you the news and current events. When the media becomes a news and current event, that’s another story… more

Friday, 2 December 2016

Aliv promises to answer GB mobile needs

Bahamas – Aliv will reveal its products and services to thousands of eager Grand Bahamians this morning (Friday, December 2) at 8:00 a.m. with the opening of its flagship store in the Seahorse Shopping Plaza… more

Flow to refund fuming customers – TRC called out

British Virgin Islands – The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) has been challenged to put an end to the practice of some telecom providers adding customers to certain programmes or packages and then telling those customers to opt out if they are not interested in paying the additional costs… more

GTT customers receive cash back in Christmas Promotion

Guyana – Seven customers on Wednesday received their cash back in GTT’s Win More Christmas promotion at the GTT’s Fogarty’s Store, Water Street… more

The CATV system using a cable is generally viewed on UHF channels

Guyana – Dear Editor, I am constrained to respond to Tony Vieira for the last time on this issue (out of necessity) so that the public is not unwittingly misled (‘Craig’s letter contained numerous areas of misinformation’ SN, Nov 30)… more

Tax change…GTT to reclaim US$6M loss from consumers

Guyana – “Is ole house pon ole house.” That is an adage older folk would use in giving a synopsis of Budget 2017 as seen through the eyes of the Private Sector Commission (PSC)… more

CONATEL calls to order

Haiti – In a note, the General Direction of the Executive Body of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) notes that at the end of the election day of 20 November 2016, some broadcasting stations in violation of the provisions of the Penal Code , Telecommunications laws and regulations, systematically disseminate information likely to disturb public order, incite the population to violence and undermine the integrity of many citizens… more

Digicel Foundation Launches Phase Three Of Mobile Science Lab Initiative

Jamaica – Nine more of the island’s high schools will receive a major boost to their science programmes with the gift of state-of-the-art Mobile Science Labs from the Digicel Foundation… more

Telecoms row

Jamaica – PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that the Jamaican Government intends to hold dialogue with the United States Embassy following public statements by an embassy representative on the controversial domestic mobile spectrum licence (DMSL) issued to Symbiote Investments in September… more

TSTT promises better quality as it rebrands

Trinidad and Tobago – STATE-controlled telecoms provider Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is promising customers an improved quality of service as it rebrands its products and services and rolls out a $3.7 billion strategic plan to upgrade technology and infrastructure… more

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Taiwan commits millions for CCTV expansion in St. Kitts-Nevis, signs police cooperation agreement

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Governments of St. Kitts-Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have entered into a formal arrangement that would see police cooperation between the two countries. This cooperation agreement provides for a law enforcement personnel exchange, to include a technical component and study opportunities in Taiwan… more

sint-eustatius-flag-wikipediaConfusion abounds with emergency calls after UTS numbering transition

Sint Eustatius – The transition of United Telecommunication Services (UTS) Chippie mobile service from the 318 to the 319 number range as of Thursday, December 1, at 1:00pm did not go completely unnoticed… more

TSTT rebrands its Blink products

Trinidad and Tobago – LOCAL telecommunications giant, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), has decided to drop the Blink brand name for some of its products and, from now on, its marketing of these products will be done simply under the “bmobile,” name according to Dr Ronald Walcott, the company’s Chief Executive Officer… more

TSTT unveils $3.7b plan

Trinidad and Tobago – Public Utilities Minister Fitzgerald Hinds says the Telecommunications services company of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is an example of how a state run company can be run efficiently… more

Sunday, 4 December 2016


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