Roundup: for the week ending 31 December 2017

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 25 December to Sunday 31 December 2017.


Monday, 25 December 2017

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas drones, New Year’s lanterns pose aviation threat

Cayman Islands – If you got a drone for Christmas or were planning on launching a Chinese lantern for New Year’s Eve, aviation authorities warn there are guidelines that must be followed… more

Developing a more high tech CXC discussed in St. Kitts

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Transitioning from pen, pencils and Typex to a technologically based organisation serving the needs of modern students is the goal expressed by Chairman of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Sir Hilary Beckles. The group held its 49th annual meeting in St. Kitts December 16-17… more

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Antigua and Barbuda: Bitcoin Is Now Doomed

Antigua and Barbuda – What is Bitcoin? It is a virtual cryptocurrency, which means that it has no substance and is not underwritten by anyone or any asset other than its creator’s reputation… more

Gov’t commissions first solar powered community computer lab

Jamaica – The Ministry of Science Energy and Technology today created history with the commissioning of its first solar powered community computer laboratory… more

Liberty Global’s Caribbean arm to become independent

Jamaica – Liberty Global’s Latin American and Caribbean arm is to become an independent company – Liberty Latin America – with shares trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market effective January 2… more

Bmobile to restore connection to parts of North East Trinidad, Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago – Bmobile is seeking to advise customers that two incidents of damage to cables in Balandra and Coryal have led to disruptions in the company’s mobile, landline, internet and tv services… more

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Custom app helps islands rebuild after hurricanes

Antigua and Barbuda – At a United Nations (UN) donor conference held in November, the international community pledged US $1.3 billion to rebuild the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean… more

Director of Telecoms ask journalists to steer clear of fake news

Dominica – Local media workers have been advised to abstain from reporting “fake news” in efforts to be the first to get the story out… more

FLOW’s Appalling Customer Disservice

Jamaica – THE EDITOR, Sir:  Many letters have been published about poor customer service from the two mobile telephone service providers… more

Cable & Wireless Announces Appointment of New CEO

Regional – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) has announced the appointment of Inge Smidts as chief executive officer. She is replacing John Reid who announced earlier this month that he will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018… more

Bmobile closing 9 stores from Jan 1

Trinidad and Tobago – Bmobile yesterday reminded customers that come January 1 2018, it would be closing the doors of all nine of its flagship stores in Trinidad and shifting customers to utilize any of its 86 partner locations across the country… more

TSTT, you can help find this woman

Trinidad and Tobago – THE daughter of missing Freeport mother Anita Mohammed is appealing to Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to release her mother’s cellphone records which may lead them to getting her back… more

Friday, 29 December 2017

Antigua: Secret use for crime-fighting drones

Antigua and Barbuda –  State-of-the-art drones, also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs), will be used at the discretion of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB) to fight crime… more

URCA Unites Industry In Opposition To ’20x’ Data Gathering Rise

Bahamas – THE Bahamas’ major communications players have united in criticism of “burdensome and intrusive” regulatory proposals that threaten to increase data gathering by “20 times”… more

Cable & Wireless Jamaica Minority Owners Get Buyout Offer

Jamaica – Liberty Global, the ultimate parent company of Cable & Wireless Jamaica, made an offer to acquire all minority shareholding in the listed local entity that trades on the Jamaica Stock Exchange… more

TATT warns broadcasters about airing Gosein’s ‘Rowlee’

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has warned television and radio stations that it considers Nermal “Massive” Gosein’s chutney song “Rowlee Mudda Count” to be “inappropriate and denigrating to women, with particular reference to mothers”… more

Saturday, 30 December 2017

GWI launches new app and customer friendly website

Guyana – With a rapid growing ICT sector and developments in technology making it easier for persons to execute daily tasks, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is working to keep abreast of technology… more

Etech Opens State-of-the-Art Contact Center in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jamaica – Etech Global Services, a leading business provider of customer engagement solutions, recently announced the opening of a dynamic new contact center located in the beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica… more

Hospital Receives New Information System

Saint Kitts and Nevis – Patients visiting the Joseph N France General Hospital and other health institutions in the Federation can now rely on Hospital Information System (HIS) for advancement in the delivery of service… more

No TATT, no!: Former CNMG CEO hits Rowlee song warning

Trinidad and Tobago – A veteran media practitioner yesterday accused the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) of fettering the constitutionally entrenched rights of the free media in its decision to prevent Nermal “Massive” Gosein’s contentious song, Rowlee Mudda Count, from being played on the airwaves… more

Shame on TATT for ‘political threat’

Trinidad and Tobago – There is a local saying that warns, “do so eh like so”… more

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Health + Tech | Telemedicine Bonus – Opportunity To Broaden Access To Healthcare For The Disabled

Jamaica – Universal access to health has been the buzz phrase for a few years now. When we think of this concept, we tend to think mostly of financial access, but it is much more than that… more

Tate Cashes In On Lonely Hearts – Jamaican Online Dating Website Finds Clientele Among Overworked, Urban Professionals

Jamaica – Wherever there are busy working people there are bound to be lonely hearts, according to entrepreneur Everton Tate, and he is cashing in… more

The cryptocurrency enigma

Regional– You would not be living on this planet if you haven’t heard about bitcoin. This is a digital currency used online as a method of payment which has been making headlines for quite a while now… more


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