Roundup: for the week ending 7 May 2017

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 1 May to Sunday 7 May 2017.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Bahamas AG remarks ITU’s International Girls in ICT Day

Bahamas – Mr. Randol Dorsett, chairman of the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, Mr. Leon Williams president and members of his senior team from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC); John Gomez Chief Operating Officer members of Cable Bahamas Ltd, Damian Blackburn CEO, BeAliv Ltd and other senior staff, teachers, students invited guests, organizing team… more

BTC Opens New Corporate Enterprise

Bahamas – BTC further cemented its reputation as a pillar of the Grand Bahama Community on Friday April 28 as the company officially opened the doors to its Brand New Corporate Headquarters on the Mall Drive in Freeport… more

URCA update on Mobile Number Portability in The Bahamas

Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), is pleased to advise the public that Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is now a reality having been launched on April 27, 2017… more

INSPIRE BVI: Melville leaves Digicel with big plans

British Virgin Islands – When Digicel popped the big question generally about voluntary redundancy, it was not challenging for Katasha Melville to voice the ‘I do’ declaration… more

Marketing pitch – CCT promotes Richardson, Philip

British Virgin Islands – Telecoms company CCT today announced new management and re-structuring of its Marketing Department… more

Dominican Republic to Strengthen Orphan Case Management with Software from Tyler Technologies and Non-Profit Both Ends Burning

Dominican Republic – -In a new public/private partnership, Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) and non-profit Both Ends Burning are supporting the Dominican Republic’s orphan care strategies with a software-based registry called Children First Software… more

GTT joins in observing Girls in ICT Day

Guyana – Female students from several Secondary Schools across Guyana were exposed to the Information & Communication Technology operations of GT&T during a tour of the company’s facilities last Thursday, as part of the “Girls in ICT Day” observance… more

Campion, NCU Take Top Awards At Girls Hackathon

Jamaica – Campion College and Northern Caribbean University claimed first places in the high school and university segments of International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon last Thursday, at the Spanish Court Hotel’s Worthington Conference Centre… more

Portmore-based TV service readies for public viewing

Jamaica – ReadyTV says the groundwork in the provision of its digital television service, which will be available to all Jamaicans, is now complete… more

Tech Times | Hello, Yello – Same Great Mobile App Complements Newly Rebranded Group

Jamaica – Judging from the popularity of ad campaigns spanning various local districts, it seems by now that most Jamaicans have noted the rebranding from Jamaica Yellow Pages to Yello… more

‘Think tank’ set up to advance ICT industry

Jamaica – The advancement of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry has been touted as one of the main drivers of socio-economic development in Jamaica, and citizens will now be able to contribute to its development through a ‘Think Tank’, which will facilitate the submission of ideas to be implemented at the national level… more

Girls and tech, with vigour

Trinidad and Tobago – There’s something heartening about seeing a room full of young women, a twinkle in their eyes and a grim set to their jawlines in vigorous competition to create digital solutions to social challenges… more

TSTT to buy cable TV rival Massy

Trinidad and Tobago – TELECOMMUNICATIONS Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is set to acquire its cable competitor Massy Communications for $255 million once all regulatory approvals are met… more

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Aliv at 60K Subscribers and Growing

Bahamas – After officially launching in November of last year, the country’s newest telecommunications provider Aliv is up to 60,000 subscribers and growing… more

Mobile voice subscribers increased by 16 percent in 2016

Bahamas – The number of mobile voice subscribers increased by 16 percent in 2016, the year that The Bahamas’ second mobile operator, BeAliv Ltd., entered the telecoms market… more

Over 30 Bahamians are now BTC business owners

Bahamas – “If there is anything worth honoring, it is endurance.” These were the words of Crooked Island native Barbara Gibson, a Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) employee of over thirty-eight years, who changed her status from team member to owner… more

URCA: Price cap implementation to improve mobile sector competition

Bahamas – By the end of 2017, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) plans to complete price cap regulation for the electronic communications sector (ECS), a move that will help to further foster an environment for competition in the telecoms market… more

Haiti, Dominican radio stations clash over ‘static’

Dominican Republic – The Government will contacts Haiti telecom authorities to solve the problems of phone and radio interference from Haitian stations to Dominican stations operating in the same area… more

STEM Guyana team for inaugural Robot Olympics in the USA

Guyana – First Lady Sandra Granger recently met with the group of young Guyanese who are currently fine-tuning their robotic project in preparation for the inaugural Robot Olympics in Washington DC, USA in July… more

Computers for IOJ Junior and Cultural Centres

Jamaica – The Universal Service Fund (USF) has allocated a $14.5 million grant for the purchase of 31 computers for the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) junior and cultural centres, to provide greater access to information and communications technology (ICT) for its users… more

Innovation in the Caribbean with the debut of Ready TV

Jamaica – ReadyTV (the name stands for Rebellious, Energetic, Adaptive, Determined and Yummy!) was set up in Kingston, Jamaica to provide an alternative television service to the expensive cable options that prevail on the island… more

Speakers tackle ICT sector issues at Think Tank launch

Jamaica – The importance of the need to accelerate the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in the island as well as increase gender equity were just a few of the topics tackled at the launch of the eGov Jamaica Limited Think Tank last Friday… more

ECLAC report considers use of blockchain technology to combat de-risking

Regional –  A newly published report prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has found that recent developments in the field of financial technology (FinTech), namely blockchain technology, may offer potential solutions to some of the problems surrounding de-risking and the navigation of correspondent banking relationships… more

LACNIC 27: Key Debates on the Future of the Internet and IPv6 Deployment in the Region

Regional – LACNIC will be holding its 27thmeeting together with on 22-26 May at the Bourbon Cataratas Hotel in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil… more

Region urged to develop digital financial services

Regional – The ITU, UNECLAC, the CTU, the various bankers’ associations, the central bankers, the anti-money laundering regulators, the digital financial Services technology providers, the cyber security experts and the consumer protection officials need to see how we as a region can develop our regional DFS sector,” stated Hon. Darcy W. Boyce, the President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and Senator in the Office of the Prime Minister Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados… more

TSTT buys Massy Communications

Trinidad and Tobago – Majority state-owned Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) yesterday signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) to buy 100 per cent of the shares of Massy Communications Ltd for $255 million… more

TSTT purchases Massy Communications for $255 million

Trinidad and Tobago – The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) announced on Tuesday its acquisition of Massy Communications… more

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Aliv Targets 35% Share By Year-End

Bahamas – Aliv’s top executive said yesterday that the new mobile operator is targeting a 25-35 per cent market share by year-end, when it expectd to complete its network roll-out well ahead of its schedule obligations… more

B.T.L. Calms Employees, Preparers New C.B.A.

Belize – Earlier you heard from the Chairman of Belize Telemedia Limited introducing the company’s new C.E.O., Rochus Schreiber… more

BTL’s New CEO Speaks

Belize – Last month we reported that BTL finally found its newest CEO… more

Copper Network Obsolete, BTL Internet Going Fiber, But When?

Belize – Schreiber also touched on BTL’s switch to fiber optic to deliver internet to homes, as well as improving the reliability of their internet service in general including the outdated copper network… more

Negotiations Over CBA for BTL Workers Continue

Belize – At this morning’s press conference, CEO Rochus Schreiber said Belize Telemedia has resolved the brief impasse between the company and the Belize Communications Workers Union… more

Officially Presenting BTL’s CEO, Rochus Schreiber

Belize – Today Belize Telemedia Limited presented its new Chief Executive Officer, Rochus Schreiber. Speaking about the importance of the transition within the company in a brief press conference this morning was Chairman of the Board Nestor Vasquez… more

Digicel To Expand ICT Presence, Acquires 100 Per Cent IDOM Shares

Regional – Digicel is seeking to expand its presence in the Information Communication technology (ICT) sector with the purchase of a company operating in the French Overseas Territories… more

Concern raised over Govt. delay in paying for new early warning system

Sint Maarten – Section Head for Disaster Management Paul Martens has expressed concern over Government’s delay in paying for a new early warning system, despite the latter already giving approval for the purchases… more

…Govt wants details of deal

Trinidad and Tobago – Cabinet intends to request the details of Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TSTT) $255 million purchase of Massy Communications, says Finance Minister Colm Imbert… more

There was a conspiracy to cripple TSTT, says chairman

Trinidad and Tobago – THERE was a conspiracy to cripple and undermine State-controlled Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) between 2010 and 2016, chairman Emile Elias said yesterday… more

TRINIDAD-TELECOM-TSTT buys out rival company

Trinidad and Tobago – he state-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Massy Communications Limited… more

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Aliv chief: Hundreds have already begun porting numbers to Aliv

Bahamas – Chief Aliv Officer Damian Blackburn told Guardian Business yesterday that the company is still hesitant to fully promote mobile number portability (MNP), because the system is still suffering from some glitches… more

Freeport Utilities Regulation Dispute ‘Back At Forefront’

Bahamas – The long-running dispute over who has regulatory authority for Freeport’s utilities is “coming to the forefront” again, URCA’s chief executive yesterday hoping negotiation will resolve differences with Cable Bahamas and GB Power Company… more

BTL’s New CEO outlines his plans at the helm of the company

Belize – Chairman of BTL’s Board of directors, Nestor Vasquez on Wednesday May 3 formally introduced the new Chief Executive Officer for the company. In doing so, Vasquez said that it was an, “exciting time for BTL as we continue on our journey towards ‘destination greatness’”… more

More Girls Urged to Get Involved in ICT

Jamaica – Senior Financial Markets Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Navita Anganu-Ramroop, is encouraging more of the country’s young women to get into the information and communications technology (ICT) industry… more

CANTO Chairman Speaks at the Forum Internet of Things (IoT): Smarter Living in the Caribbean

Regional – The CANTO Chairman, Julian Wilkins spoke at the Forum Internet of Things (IoT): Smarter Living in the Caribbean. This ITU workshop, moderated by Shiva Bissessar, was held from 24 to 26 April… more

Tame Rating: Moody’s Keeps its Eyes on Digicel

Regional – Digicel’s global operations are not out of the woods just yet, but according to the international credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service the company’s future remains stable… more

Elias: Details of TSTT’s Massy deal confidential

Trinidad and Tobago – PUBLIC Accounts Enterprises Committee (PAEC) chairman Senator Wade Mark and member Senator David Small chided TSTT chairman Emile Elias for his reluctance to provide details of a full business appraisal done before the purchase of Massy Communications by TSTT…. more

Union leader: Chairman ‘farse and out of place’

Trinidad and Tobago – The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) yesterday vowed to do all in its power to prevent any job losses at majority State-owned Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT),.. more

Why every business today should have an enterprise mobile strategy

Trinidad and Tobago – Today’s trends show that employees predominantly use more than one mobile device. They tweet, use Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other popular social media applications every day, and many of these social media apps are installed on their mobile devices… more

Friday, 5 May 2017

BTL getting upgrades, says new CEO

Belize – Belize Telemedia Limited’s (BTL) new Chief Executive Officer, Rochus Schreiber, said this week that the company, under his leadership, will be making strides towards upgrading its infrastructure and improving customer access to the internet… more

Jamaica makes Facebook history

Jamaica – Social media has proven to be the fastest most direct way to transmit information… more

Digicel Acquires Another Telecoms

Regional – Digicel Group has bought another telecoms firm, giving it a presence in at least four French-owned territories… more

Social network plan for Caribbean

Regional – ALL DANIEL DESOUZA needs is some funding and he will be ready to revolutionise social networking for the Caribbean… more

Over 1200 active users later, Mealoop partners with Quick Delivery

Saint Lucia – After two months of operation resulting in hundreds of satisfied cravings serving over 1,200 active users, Mealoop – the mobile food ordering and delivery application – has joined hands with an equally formidable force in Saint Lucia’ business development and customer relations landscape… more

C&W/FLOW: Nothing To Gain From Disgruntled Customers

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Garfield Sinclair, Jamaica born, is president of Cable and Wireless Communications Caribbean, trading as FLOW., assumed the post January 1, 2017… more

MATT concerned about Cybercrime Bill reintroduction

Trinidad and Tobago – The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it is concerned about the reintroduction of the Cybercrime Bill (2016)… more

Remy vows to resist job cuts at TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – SECRETARY of the Communication Workers Union Joseph Remy says the union will resist any attempt at retrenchment at TSTT… more

Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System

Turks and Caicos –  Deputy premier and minister with responsibilities for the ministry of border control and employment, Sean Astwood, led a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to Bridgetown, Barbados, for the signing of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) with the United States… more

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Business owners express frustration with ASYCUDA

Antigua and Barbuda – The government’s intention to expedite the process of doing business at the country’s main seaport appears to have fallen flat. That’s because business people are saying that the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World is more time consuming… more

Redman: Cell phones spur gang activities in schools

Barbados – President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman Friday stepped up her warning to the Ronald Jones-led Ministry of Education not to allow cell phones in schools, saying these devices will only exacerbate the problem of gang activity and pose a major security threat to schools… more

Belize cyber security symposium raises awareness of region-wide problem

Regional – Large, well-funded and highly organized crime syndicates are behind many of the cybercrimes taking place in the Caribbean. And regional governments and security agencies are challenged to respond… more

Caribbean Banks See Rise In Cyber Attacks

Regional – Imagine doing a routine check on your bank account only to discover that an entire month’s worth of credit had been swiped from your card… more

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Mobile Banking App ‘Best In Region’

Regional – LESS than a year after its launch, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s mobile banking app has been named best in the region… more

St Kitts-Nevis revives plans for IXP infrastructure

Saint Kitts and Nevis – A two day symposium and technical workshop held from May 4-5, 2017, has revived the conversation for the introduction of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) infrastructure in St Kitts and Nevis… more

FLOW: ‘We’re Addressing Network Problems’

Saint Lucia – CUSTOMERS experiencing problems with FLOW’s fixed network will have to wait until summer before the company irons out the teething issues… more

Sunday, 7 May 2017

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