Roundup: for the week ending 9 July 2017

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 3 July 2017 to Sunday 9 July 2017.

 

Monday, 3 July 2017

New Network Means New Smartphones

Barbados – Ozone’s Technical Device Expert, Davis Brathwaite, says due to the type of 4G service they offer, older devices such a Nokia 3310 or 5125 wouldn’t function since only more recent units have the correct bandwidth to send and receive data… more

BTB launches new and innovative Virtual Trade Expo

Belize – The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), unveiled it first ever live Virtual Trade Expo at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel last Thursday, which saw the participation of a host of local travel agents and international buyers… more

Moratorium on the granting of FM radio frequencies

Haiti – The General Directorate of the Executive Body of the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) informs the interested parties that due to the saturation of the frequency band allocated to FM broadcasting and harmful radio interference, which interferes in particular with aeronautical communications, the following measures are adopted… more

Estonia helps Jamaica set up its first digital identity

Jamaica – Jamaica wants to establish the first fully-digitised government system in the region with help from digitally-advanced Estonia, it was announced… more

Flow Cautions Customers Against Wangiri Scam

Jamaica – Flow Jamaica said it is aware of the latest phone scam which is targeting telecommunications customers in Jamaica… more

FLOW Monitoring One-Ring Scam

Jamaica – Flow says it is aware of the latest phone scam targeting telecommunications customers in Jamaica… more

Jamaican firm introduces cutting edge technology to regional airports

Jamaica – PRODUCTIVE Business Solutions (PBS), a member of the Jamaican-based Mussons Group, has positioned itself as the region’s leading scanner provider, executing several airport projects in Honduras, Antigua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica… more

Jamaica postpones rate cuts after Flow complaint

Jamaica – Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has decided to delay a major reduction in termination rates for fixed line calls following a complaint from Flow Jamaica, the local brand of Cable & Wireless Communications… more

OCID Partners With INTERPOL, EUROPOL To Probe Wangiri Or One-Ring Scam

Jamaica – A high level probe has been launched into the Wangiri or one-ring scam that has affected some mobile subscribers to the Digicel network… more

Phone scam hits Jamaica

Jamaica – JAMAICA is the latest country to have been affected by the ‘Wangiri Scam’, which resulted in hundreds of phone customers receiving missed calls from the +48 area code, originating in Poland, over the weekend… more

Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a social media sales funnel for all your company’s needs

Regional – If you have a blog for business there is no way that you do not want to be able to grow your company in a way that is going to move all of your clients through the sales cycle… more

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

BTC introduces Flow Kids

Bahamas – Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has announced that it plans to launch its brand new app “Flow Kids” this summer… more

E-Commerce Entrepreneur ‘Bridges Out Island Divide’

Bahamas – The founder of a Bahamian e-commerce portal yesterday said he hopes to “bridge the divide” between Family island economies with the launch of an APP that will bring “new school innovation” to the mailboat system… more

Cyber Security For Internet Service Providers

Belize – On this newscast, we’ve told you a lot about cyber security and the efforts of the Public Utilities Commission in raising public awareness… more

GOB and Ashcroft clash in court

Belize – The government of Belize and lawyers representing the Michael Ashcroft are set to face off for another round of battle in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over a US $92 million legal cost claim from Ashcroft over the 2015 settlement of the Belize Telemedia Ltd. nationalization… more

App launched to help fight high prices in BVI

British Virgin Islands – In light of the frequent complaints about relatively high cost of goods in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Jhon Samuel is seeking to empower consumers… more

The state of 4G in Guyana

Guyana – Two years ago, the Government of Guyana announced that it would be allowing both Digicel and the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) to provide 4G connectivity to subscribers of the respective companies… more

Interpol To Assist Ja With One-Ring Scam

Jamaica – As public interest heightens over the one-ring scam that some cell-phone users were exposed to on the weekend, Jamaican authorities have sought the assistance of international partners to investigate the matter… more

Elie Hanna to lead Ericsson’s business in Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

Regional – Ericsson appoints Elie Hanna as President Ericsson Mexico, Central América & Caribbean, effective June 01, 2017… more

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

ALIV Family Island Expansion Continues

Bahamas – ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, is pleased to announce that it will be launching in three more Family Islands before the end of the summer. By the end of August, ALIV will be live in Andros, Bimini and Exuma… more

Bahamas ‘Uniquely Positioned’ On ICT

Bahamas – The Bahamas is “uniquely positioned” to enhance its status as a centre for information and communications technology (ITC), sector regulators said yesterday, adding that their goal was to enhance its economic role… more

BTC launches ‘Roam like you’re home’ campaign

Bahamas – Summer is typically the time for family vacations, and Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has introduced its new Roam Like You’re Home Independence Day Campaign for all mobile customers… more

BTVI to Offer Online Courses This Fall

Bahamas – This Fall, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) will offer new programmes and online courses in the Information Technology (IT) Department… more

URCA to review code for broadcasters

Bahamas – There could be changes to the rules and regulations media houses have to follow as the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is set to review its current rules for broadcasters, formally known as URCA’s Code of Practice, as well as explore the role social media plays in the current media landscape, said URCA CEO Stephen Bereaux yesterday… more

ICT training centre opens in St James

Barbados – Residents of one St James community will be added to the thousands of Barbadians who have benefitted from information and communication technology (ICT) training right in their communities… more

Cybersecurity 101: 2017 edition

Cayman Islands – You would have to be stuck on an island with no internet connection to not be aware of cybersecurity issues in the news. But just in case, here is a recap of what is noteworthy … more

Ransomware wars

Cayman Islands – It begins much like any other day at the office: you are working away on your computer when you receive an email informing you that an invoice has arrived… more

Sophisticated ransomware attack sends warning to Cayman companies

Cayman Islands – With the Caribbean’s hurricane season under way, businesses have a clear reminder to re-evaluate their storm response and recovery plans… more

Small island marketers go global with digital media

Cayman Islands – In a once-unlikely David and Goliath-type scenario, geographically isolated nations like the Cayman Islands sit poised to take on global marketing giants and shake up the world of digital media… more

CACU wants Digicel to reverse ‘punitive’ prepaid fee

Jamaica – The Consumer Advisory Committee on Utilities (CACU), an independent advocacy group whose operations are facilitated by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), has called on telecommunications company Digicel to reverse its newly implemented prepaid maintenance fee (PMF)… more

J.E.T.S Eyes Mobile Money Space For Expansion

Jamaica – J.E.T.S Limited, operator of the Multilink electronic cash system owned by local banks, is knitting together an interface between the Multilink electronic cash system and mobile money and other e-payment products offered by its shareholders… more

Regional ICT issues to be discussed at CANTO conference Laura Dowrich-Phillips

Regional – Technology and Communications Ministers around the region as well as telecom executives and other ICT experts will gather in Punto Cana, Dominican Republic for CANTO’s 33rd Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition… more

Draft National ICT plan launched

Trinidad and Tobago – The new Draft National ICT plan will soon be available for public consultations… more

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Belize, Cyprus, and Philippines Open 60-Meter Bands

Belize – Radio amateurs in Belize, Cyprus, and the Philippines now have access to contiguous 60-meter bands… more

Belize Telemedia Limited to debut DIGINET in San Pedro Town

Belize – Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) CEO Rochus Schreiber and his team paid a visit to La Isla Bonita on Friday, June 23rd… more

Consumer Advocacy Group Wants Digicel To Withdraw Maintenance Fee

Jamaica – The Consumer Advisory Committee on Utilities (CACU) is calling for telecommunication company Digicel Jamaica to withdraw the maintenance fee it imposed on prepaid customers… more

bmobile and PAVI promote smartphone accessibility for persons with visual impairment

Trinidad and Tobago – Most people today cannot comprehend life without their devices as more and more daily routines depend on the connection to the world of digital information while “on the go” by way of smartphones and other mobile devices… more

Friday, 7 July 2017

Aliv continues expansion to more Family Islands

Bahamas – Aliv, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, is pleased to announce that it will be launching in three more Family Islands before the end of the summer. By the end of August, Aliv will be live in Andros, Bimini and Exuma… more

Tasker to take charge of Digicel’s local operations

Barbados – Former Commercial Director Alex Tasker is due to make his return to Digicel (Barbados) Limited as Chief Executive Officer, as Conor Looney, the current CEO, is promoted to the post of Hub Chief Executive Officer for the Irish telecommunications company’s Caribbean and Central American operations… more

Web Shop: Players ‘Gaming The System’

Bahamas – A web shop operator yesterday said it had detected fraud by players ‘gaming the system’, hitting back at accusations it was refusing to pay out winnings… more

Belize Immigration Systems Meet International Standards

Belize – The UN Migration Agency sent out a release this week saying that an important upgrade to Belize’s Border management system is complete… more

Digicel Suspends New Maintenance Fee

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) said telecommunications provider Digicel yesterday advised that it has indefinitely halted the recent levy of a prepaid maintenance fee to customers whose monthly spend is less than J$50… more

Does Digicel Have A Big Data Switch?

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: I need your help to investigate a problem I had with Digicel over the course of a few weeks. I am a prepaid customer and I normally spend very little on phone credit each month – maybe $500 on average… more

New Digicel prepaid fee ‘indefinitely halted’

Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) said it was informed by Digicel yesterday that the recent charge of a prepaid maintenance fee (PMF) to customers whose monthly spend falls below $50 has been “indefinitely halted”… more

Carpif Forum St. Maarten, Internet Forum concluded

Regional – On July 6th, 2017, the last session of the 3rd annual Caribbean Peering Forum, under the theme “Expanding the Caribbean Internet” – took place… more

Cloud Carib expands data centre presence across Caribbean and Latin America

Regional – Cloud Carib has announced plans to build several new data centers, expanding the company’s services across the Caribbean and Latin America… more

Independent tests say FLOW is the leading C’bean network

Regional –  International independent benchmark testing agency, P3, says that FLOW customers in at least six markets, including Jamaica, have the best quality network and service levels in the region as measured against competitors… more

Intelsat 35e Launches Successfully

Regional –  Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 35e satellite, the fourth of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites… more

TelEm heats up debate at CarPIF conference

Regional – Assuring a fair return for millions of dollars of investment into a brand new island-wide fibre optic network for St. Maarten and the possible sharing of that network with competing carriers was a “hot talking point” at the opening of the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF) Conference at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino, Wednesday… more

URCA to host 17th Annual Global Regulators Symposium

Regional – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), is set to host the 17th Annual Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-17) organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Nassau, from 11 to 14 July 2017, under the theme “Living in a World of Digital Opportunities”… more

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Alex Tasker is Digicel CEO

Barbados – Digicel Barbados today announced the return of Alex Tasker as he becomes the country’s leading communications and entertainment provider’s new Chief Executive Officer… more

Digicel Halts Fee – Telecoms Company Admits Customers Were Not Given Sufficient Notice

Jamaica – Telecommunications provider Digicel has indefinitely halted a controversial levy of a prepaid maintenance fee to customers whose monthly spend is less than $50… more

Gov’t undertakes feasibility study for establishment of technology park

Jamaica – The Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Biojam Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Global Inc to undertake a feasibility study for the creation of a science and technology park in Jamaica… more

$.6m in cellphones stolen from mall

Trinidad and Tobago – Police probing yesterday’s $600,000 phone heist at Gulf City Mall, La Romaine are investigating whether the suspects had inside help… more

Technology can open doors

Trinidad and Tobago – Minister of Public Administration and Communications Maxie Cuffie says the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Plan will bring sustainable jobs and a strengthened economy, where business competitiveness will be at an all time high… more

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Alex Tasker appointed CEO of Digicel Barbados

Barbados – Digicel Barbados today announced the return of Alex Tasker to its business, as he becomes the country’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 17th July 2017… more

Taxi app Drop eases out of market

Guyana – Mobile application taxi service Drop has decided to pull out of the market as it said operating here is not feasible due to difficulties in encouraging a cultural shift… more

CCTVs to be installed in secondary schools

Jamaica – Education, Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid says the Government will be installing closed circuit television (CCTV) systems in secondary institutions shortly as part of a programme aimed at improving school safety and security… more

Digital Switchover Sooner Rather Than Later, Says Green – Broadcasting Commission Says 2021 Only An Indicative Date For Change

Jamaica – High costs coupled with the possibility of adopting technology that could become obsolete in quick time are among the factors slowing Jamaica’s plan to complete the analogue/digital switchover… more

TELL Claudienne

Jamaica – Dear Claudienne, I am writing to you regarding an issue that I have with FLOW. My original complaint was tendered on April 6, 2016, but to date (3/3/2017) I have had no response from that company… more

 

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