Roundup: for the week ending 26 November 2017

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 20 November to Sunday 26 November 2017.

 

Monday, 20 November 2017

ALIV Business Solutions “No Limits”

Bahamas –  ALIV is pleased to announce that its Business Solutions Team is now stronger and more efficient than ever following its initial launch earlies this year… more

FLOW Managing Director For Engineers’ Gala

Jamaica – Stephen Price, managing director of FLOW Jamaica, will be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary gala dinner of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on November 25… more

Caribbean Businesses Stand To Profit From Quad9 Cyber Security

Regional – Cyber crime is a source of growing concern for businesses in the developing countries of the Caribbean. Law enforcement officials and security experts in those regions and around the world struggle to keep pace with the escalating sophistication of transnational cyber criminal operations. By some estimates, cybercrime will cost approximately $6 trillion per year on average through 2021… more

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Aliv And Kicking For Bahamas Business

Bahamas – LIV is pleased to announce its Business Solutions Team is now stronger and more efficient than ever following its initial launch earlier this year. From then to now, the Business Solutions provides corporate services for over 450 plus clients… more

Belize ranked 156 out of 196 countries in cost of broadband Internet

Belize – Belize was ranked 156 out of 196 countries on a list of the world’s most expensive broadband Internet rates compiled by UK-based consultancy firm, BDRC Continental and broadband watchdog, Cable.co.uk. Among 37 Caribbean and Central American nations listed, Belize ranked 28th… more

Unions Frown on B.T.L. Settlement; Will Workers Get Shares?

Belize – The more than half a billion-dollar in settlement for Belize Telemedia Limited with its former owners has been paid off, but at what cost to the nation? … more

Several ex-employees rehired – Digicel

British Virgin Islands – Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Gordon said a number of employees who left the company earlier this year have been rehired… more

‘Smart serve’, gaming lounge at fresh Digicel store

British Virgin Islands – Long lines of customers flooded the Digicel flagship store in Road Town today as the company unveiled their new Digicel Experience Store… more

Concerns Surrounding NIDS

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir:  One benefit I can appreciate about the National Identification System (NIDS) is that children will be able to have a means of identification they can use prior to becoming 18 years of age… more

Data breaches from within

Jamaica – Much hysteria has been attributed to the “cybersecurity epidemic” and the spotlight has quickly shifted to hackers, crackers, and other threat agents… more

Growth & Jobs | Demystifying BPO – JAMPRO Hosts Career Fair To Educate Young People On Industry

Jamaica – As one of Jamaica’s newer non-traditional sectors, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has grown at a staggering rate, but is also clouded in mystery leading to misunderstanding, and, in some cases, stereotyping… more

Jamaica’s New Privacy Protection Bill

Jamaica – On 10 October 2017, Jamaica introduced into its House of Parliament a comprehensive Bill for privacy and data protection, entitled “An Act to Protect the Privacy of Certain Data and for Connected Matters.” … more

Legislators Take Final Look At NIDS Bill

Jamaica – The National Identification Registration Act 2017 will again come under the microscope of lawmakers today in the Lower House when the amended legislation is tabled for consideration in the House of Representatives… more

SKN Broadband Charges High, But Could Be Worse

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Broadband Internet service in St. Kitt and Nevis isn’t cheap. At around $78 per month the most positive thing you can say is it’s not nearly as bad as Haiti, with the Caribbean’s most expensive Internet service at $224 per month… more

Fired IT technicians want Minister to reconsider*

Trinidad and Tobago – SOME 150 information technology (IT) technicians, whose contracts were not renewed by the Ministry of Education, are facing a sad Christmas… more

T&TEC launches new mobile app

Trinidad and Tobago – As part of of its plan to transform its service to the public, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has introduced a mobile application enabling it to respond in a more timely manner to customer reports and complaints… more

The ICT in Human Resources

Trinidad and Tobago – Last week’s two-day conference at the Hilton Trinidad explored the intersections between HR and ICT, two departments seem to always be considered at opposite ends of the engagement spectrum in most businesses… more

Use technology to capitalise on opportunities

Trinidad and Tobago – Entrepreneur and Executive Director of Tobago Bridal Association, Duane Lyons, on Monday said a commitment to excellence was crucial to success in tourism as he urged young people to make use of their technological know-how to own and transform the island’s tourism industry… more

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Former C&W shareholders take telecoms company to court

Barbados – Cable & Wireless West Indies Limited, which trades here as Flow, has been taken to court by a group of former shareholders… more

UK REPORT: BVI internet one of the worst on earth

British Virgin Islands – The British Virgin Islands has been confirmed to be an underperforming country that has one of the most expensive internet services on the planet… more

Broadcasting Commission says digital switchover to increase GDP by $6b

Jamaica – Assistant executive director of the Broadcasting Commission, Karlene Salmon believes the switch from analogue to digital will have a positive impact on Jamaica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)… more

ARIN Backs Caribbean Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Regional – Of all the problems unleashed by recent hurricanes, the failure of communications networks is one of the most worrying issues for Caribbean territories grappling with uphill recovery efforts… more

Thursday, 23 November 2017

New online food market launched

Barbados – A new agricultural trading platform was launched here this week by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), with Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick suggesting that it had the potential to transform the local sector… more

Altice backs Dominican Republic public Wi-Fi initiative

Dominican Republic – Altice’s recently-merged telecommunications unit in the Dominican Republic has pledged to back the government’s “Digital Republic” programme, which aims to activate some 6,000 public internet zones by 2020… more

Altice could flog Dominican Republic business to address debt pile

Dominican Republic – French telecoms group Altice is planning to sell its business in the Dominican Republic to show it’s serious about whittling down its debt pile, according to a report… more

GTT billed for overseas calls not made

Guyana – Dear Editor, Not too long ago, one used to associate GTT with efficient and reliable service… more

DIGICEL CALLS FCC REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY “A VICTORY FOR TELECOMS, CONSUMERS AND ECONOMIES” Urges Caribbean regulators to take note

Regional – The move by the FCC in the US to roll back restrictive net neutrality regulation as it relates to regulating the Internet is a “victory for telecoms, consumers and economies” … more

Giving Thanks: How An Irish Billionaire Is Helping The Caribbean Bounce Back After Hurricane Maria

Regional – Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien is no stranger to chaos and disaster… more

VIDEO: Broadcasters urged to develop and export local content

Regional – Caribbean countries can earn significant hard currency revenues through the export of local content, according to Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)… more

Flow celebrating Blue Friday!

Saint Lucia – his Friday, November 24th 2017, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider is turning up the Christmas spirit with extra savings and extra giveaways at its retail outlets in Castries (Dayana Centre), Gros Islet (Baywalk Mall), Vieux Fort (Daher Building) and Soufriere (Church Street)… more

Friday, 24 November 2017

Belize compensates former owner of BTL for 2009 nationalization

Belize – Belize’s government has reportedly paid US$78mn to British politician and businessman Lord Michael Ashcroft as a settlement fee for the nationalization… more

Hackathon’s Second Pitch

Belize – On November 13, a total of five teams competed in a first pitch Hackathon Competition that was held by the Small Business Development Center Belize (SBDC) of BELTRAIDE and sponsored by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL)… more

Communications network to be moved underground

British Virgin Islands – Telecommunications infrastructure in the British Virgin Islands will be moved underground, the government has said… more

TRC dodges blame for bad internet report

British Virgin Islands – The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) is dodging responsibility for the BVI being labelled as an underperforming country that has one of the most expensive internet services in the world… more

Flow restores mobile service to La Plaine & other parts of the East

Dominica – Flow has welcomed mobile customers of Laplaine and surrounding communities back on the network as service has been restored in parts of the east of the island… more

M&CC, GTT partner for payment of rates, taxes through Mobile Money app

Guyana – The Mayor and City Council (M&CC), through a partnership with GTT, on Tuesday launched its Mobile Money payment platform, which now allows rate payers to pay rates and taxes using the application… more

The Smart Classroom

Guyana – As technology advances generally, and developments in information technology in particular, continue to refine the way we live, it is no surprise that the concept of e-Learning has taken hold in classrooms of many countries of the world… more

Advertorial: Stakers To Present Progressive Web App

Jamaica – The iGaming operator Stakers.com is introducing a progressive web app for its mobile version… more

Wheatley: digital opportunities are tremendous

Jamaica – Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley says the digital environment presents “tremendous opportunities” for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean to capitalize on… more

Caribbean Carriers Adjust To Post-Storms Slump

Regional – Four years of airline industry growth in the Caribbean came to sudden halt in October, when capacity trends turned negative after hurricanes ravaged islands throughout the West Indies and forced weeks-long airport closures… more

Saturday, 25 November 2017

‘Ganja,’ Telecoms Bill for last sitting

Antigua and Barbuda – A Bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is to come before Parliament at its last sitting of this session scheduled for December 12… more

At My Wits’ End Over Digicel Woes

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir: This is an open letter to Justin Morin, CEO of Digicel… more

Rockfort gets Internet café

Jamaica – Residents of Rockfort in Kingston now have easier access to Internet and other computer-related services with the establishment of a community access point (CAP) in the community by the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $2.6 million… more

Bahamas to host APEX Technology Convention

Regional – Leading jurists, attorneys and legal professionals from across the region will be gathering in The Bahamas for a special convention to discuss technology innovations for improving justice delivery in the Caribbean… more

Sunday, 26 November 2017

BADD’s digital leap

Barbados – Drag racing in Barbados is moving to the next level… more

 

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