Roundup: for the week ending 11 February 2018

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 5 February to Sunday 11 February 2018.

 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Outfoxing Cable

Bahamas – EDITOR, The Tribune. GREETINGS to my fellow Bahamians. Just wanted to say how much shock I was in, after working all day in the sun and coming home to relax and read my Tribune only to find out that Cable Bahamas is getting rid of Fox News… more

Cyber threat

Barbados – A national cybersecurity strategy needs to be urgently developed… more

Cryptocurrency And Distributed Ledger Technology – Hedgeweek Cayman Report 2018

Cayman Islands – The stratospheric rise in the value of cryptocurrencies throughout 2017, coupled with significant price volatility, caught the attention of the world at large… more

Grenada authorities clamp down on drivers using mobile devices

Grenada – The Grenada police Monday said it would enforce regulations that would allow for drivers to pay fines of up to EC$5,000 (US$1,850) if they are caught using a mobile device while driving… more

Digicel calls on everyone to unite for a safer Internet

Jamaica – Senior leaders at Digicel will go back to the classroom in schools across the region to spread the word to students about staying safe online, as part of the growing global celebration of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. This year’s theme is, “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.” … more

FLOW awards staff

Jamaica – Avadawn Hunter (centre), director, strategic performance management at FLOW, proudly displays her plaque during the Retail WOW Awards for Excellence at the Courtleigh Hotel on January 27… more

Regulation Of Content In The Digital Space

Jamaica – When Cordel Green, executive director of the Broadcasting Commission, speaks at the inaugural Caribbean advertising and marketing law seminar on Thursday, March 1 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, he will update his audience on the current digital economy and emerging issues for future regulation of content and broadcasting across networks, platforms and devices… more

Gov’t slammed over non-action on TSTT

Trinidad and Tobago – Government has been accused of attacking the working class and sitting idly by while corporations continue to oppress workers… more

Judge rules: Facebook users will pay $$ for their defamatory posts

Trinidad and Tobago – A woman who published defamation claims about a family on Facebook, will have to compensate her victims… more

Must Read: The Facebook libel judgement

Trinidad and Tobago – “People will pay for their post” Justice Frank Seepersad said in his judgement on Monday as he ruled in favour of a family that filed a defamation lawsuit against their neighbour for scandalous claims she made against them on Facebook… more

Trinidad & Tobago Draft Five Year ICT Plan Says Minister of Public Utilities

Trinidad and Tobago – “…We in Trinidad and Tobago are currently drafting a five-year National ICT Plan:” stated the Minister of Public Utilities, Hon. Robert Le Hunte at the opening ceremony of CANTO’s 34th AGM & Mini Expo… more

Warning for Facebook users*

Trinidad and Tobago – THE precedent has now been set… more

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

BTC to expand reach, offering new products and services

Bahamas – BTC continues to expand its reach and accessibility to products and services. This year, the company will continue its efforts to roll out broadband and its advanced IP television product, FLOW TV, nationwide… more

Cable Bahamas Says Fox News Watched By Less Than One Percent Of Its Viewers

Bahamas – LESS than one percent of Cable Bahamas’ monthly viewership came from people watching Fox News, and among news-watchers, only five percent watched the conservative channel, Cable Bahamas’ vice president of marketing and media, David Burrows said yesterday… more

Number portability coming – Stuart

Barbados – Barbadians should be able to switch telephone service providers without losing their phone numbers from December, according to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart… more

E-passports among PICA’s planned technological improvements

Jamaica – Jamaicans will soon be using electronic passports… more

LIME TV service outage – set top box scan required

Saint Lucia – Please note that due to a service outage last weekend, a number of LIME TV customers (silver set top box) have either had their channels mixed up, lost channels, or lost sound on some channels… more

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

FLOW OBSERVES SAFER INTERNET DAY

Barbados – Taking personal responsibility for online privacy and security is the essential element in stemming the tide of cybercrime… more

INFORMATION SECURITY A PRIORITY

Barbados – Local businesses have been taking information security very seriously and leading telecommunications provider, Flow, has been working closing with them… more

Probe tapped phones!

Barbados – Amid claims of illegal wire-tapping of Barbadians during the administration of former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has called for a full investigation to find out who gave the command for such action…. more

Crypto-currency and ICOs in the British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands – Initial currency offerings (ICOs) of crypto-currencies, tokens and other block chain based assets raised over US$ 3.5 billion in 2017. Leading offshore financial centres such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have sought to become a major part of this new capital raising phenomenon and there is increasing interest in the use of BVI companies as ICO issuer vehicles… more

Digital wallet initiative seeks to reform identity management

Cayman Islands – Despite Cayman’s reputation for fast-and-easy banking, residents of the islands know the headache that can come with opening a personal bank account… more

eVestment launches digital assets hedge fund database

Cayman Islands – Institutional investment data and analytics provider eVestment has launched a digital assets segment on its hedge fund database… more

Digicel commences construction work in Kalinago Territory

Dominica – Construction has commenced on primary schools and homes in the Kalinago Territory after the community was severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria last September… more

Claro to invest US$1bn in Dominican operations

Dominican Republic – Telecom operator Claro will invest over 56.9bn pesos (US$1.16bn) in the Dominican Republic through 2022 to expand and improve its wireless … more

Mocha/Arcadia gets ICT hub

Guyana – The Ministry of Public Telecommunications on Friday launched its 98th Information and  Communication Technology (ICT) Hub at Mocha/Arcadia on the East Bank Demerara… more

BOJ advises public against Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Jamaica – Welcome to the innovative, mysterious and in some cases, profitable world of cryptocurrencies, of which Bitcoin is the most popular… more.

Digicel rolls out new bundled offers

Jamaica – In another big move in its “Destination Data” drive to be the “go-to place” for all things data, Digicel says it will today debut a new range of affordable Voice and Data bundles catering to its customers’ growing daily demand for “nuff data” and “more talk”… more

FLOW Foundation promotes safer Internet use

Jamaica – MORE than 300 high schools participated in the local observations of Safer Internet, led by the FLOW Foundation, yesterday under the international theme, ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect — A safer Internet starts with you’… more

New social justice Facebook page launched in SVG

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – On Saturday 28th January 2018, a new social justice Facebook page “Say Enough is Enough,” focused on women’s issues was launched by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Public Service Union 2nd Vice President, Javelle Frank… more

 TSTT takes Trinidad & Tobago into the digital transformation age

Trinidad and Tobago – In a bold move to keep up with the global technological evolution, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) under the guidance and leadership of CEO Dr. Ronald Walcott recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with iGOVTT to market and implement E-Tender as a service to ministries, divisions and agencies, thus taking local tendering processes to a new pinnacle of world-class efficiency… more

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Future of Bahamas Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Bahamas Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Bahamas – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Number Portability for Barbadians by Year End

Barbados – Barbadians should finally be able to switch telephone service providers without losing their phone numbers from December, if a timeline announced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is met… more

The Future of Belize Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Belize Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Belize – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

The Future of British Virgin Islands Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of British Virgin Islands Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

British Virgin Islands – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

The Future of Cayman Islands Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Cayman Islands Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Cayman Islands – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Ham Radio’s Role After Maria:

Dominica – A post-hurricane disaster needs assessment published this past fall by the Government of Dominica points up the significance of Amateur Radio’s role in the relief and recovery effort on the tiny Caribbean island nation in the wake of Hurricane Maria last September… more

Claro announces USD 1.2 bln Dominican investment drive

Dominican Republic – Claro (America Movil) has announced plans to invest over USD 1.16 billion in the Dominican Republic from 2018 to 2022, reports local daily Listin Diario, citing the operator’s president Oscar Pena… more

The Future of Dominican Republic Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Dominican Republic Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Dominican Republic – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

The Future of Grenada Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Grenada Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Grenada – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

The Future of Haiti Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Haiti Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Haiti – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Phoenix Tower Acquires 215 Tower Sites From Digicel

Jamaica – Phoenix Tower International (PTI), via its subsidiary Phoenix Tower FWI, has closed its transaction to acquire the ownership or management rights to 215 wireless communication tower sites from Digicel Antilles… more

The Future of Jamaica Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Jamaica Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Jamaica – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

The Future of St. Kitts and Nevis Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of St. Kitts and Nevis Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Data Points

Saint Lucia – THE recent carnage on our roads, including the five fatalities since the start of the year, is a grim reminder of the effects of our actions and on the need to improve driving habits, especially since the youth are disproportionately represented in these statistics… more

The Future of St. Lucia Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of St. Lucia Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Saint Lucia – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Future of Anguilla Telecommunications Market to 2025 – Analysis and Outlook of Anguilla Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Sectors

Anguilla – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Aliv’s $15m Offering Could ‘Double’ Goal

Bahamas – ALIV’s advisers yesterday expressed confidence that its latest $15 million capital raising, which launches Monday, could raise double the target despite lower-than-forecast revenue margins… more

Aliv Chief ‘Confident’ BTC Sharing Woes ‘Now Behind Us’

Bahamas – ALIV’s top executive yesterday said he was “confident” obstacles to sharing infrastructure with its main rival had been overcome, with the mobile upstart poised to “conquer” its targets… more

Guyana – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses

Guyana – The new report by the Telecoms and Computing Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Alleged bank account scammers return to court on Friday

Jamaica – Five of six persons who were arrested and charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) or Lottery Scam Act and Larceny Act,  by detectives assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), are to reappear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday… more

Cable and Wireless extends deadline on cash offer

Jamaica – CWC Cala Limited, owners of Cable & Wireless Jamaica (CWJ), has advised that its cash offer for the purchase of 3,027,138,546 ordinary stock units in Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited has been extended to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm… more

Caricel sells LTE network to South African firm

Jamaica – JAMAICAN LTE broadband network Caricel has announced the acquisition of its majority shares by a South African company, Involution Limited, under a sale agreement negotiated last October… more

Digicel ‘Data Doctors’ back on call

Jamaica – Telecoms giant Digicel yesterday announced that it is reintroducing its crack team of ‘Data Doctors’ to help mobile customers get the most out of their data… more

Digicel kicks off ‘Destination Data’ at Mandela Park

Jamaica – Digicel Jamaica introduced Destination Data to Jamaicans with a huge promotional show that drew hundreds to Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree on Wednesday for an afternoon filled with fun activities, giveaways and entertainment… more

Digicel launches prepay voice, data bundles in Jamaica

Jamaica – Digicel has introduced Voice and Data bundles in Jamaica. Digicel prepay customers can now get 100 megabytes of 4G/LTE data plus 100 on-net minutes for JMD 100, valid for 2 days… more

Digicel’s new boss says he is listening and making changes

Jamaica – Local telecommunications giant Digicel says that it is making a direct response to what its customers are clamouring for… more

FLOW To Hike Rates March 1 – Appeal Over Termination Charges Ongoing

Jamaica – Cable & Wireless Jamaica, which trades as FLOW, has told customers to expect monthly rate increases in 35 of its residential fixed line and broadband services, effective March 1… more

Millions swiped from bank accounts

Jamaica – Six persons are scheduled to face the courts today to answer fraud charges. The persons were arrested last week following investigations by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) into the theft of money from several bank accounts… more

One Less Headache For Holness As Caricel Is Sold

Jamaica – The owners of Caricel, Jamaica have sold their controlling interest to a South African entity, Involution Limited, ending a long running nightmare for the Andrew Holness administration… more

UWI Lecturer Working On Ja’s First Operational Satellite

Jamaica – A satellite that will be able to send back weather maps and live updates of weather patterns of the Caribbean is being developed at the University of the West Indies for launch into space… more

UWI students going to China on software engineering programme

Jamaica – Twenty-five University of the West Indies (UWI) students at the Mona campus in Jamaica are scheduled to travel to Suzhou, China, later this year to complete the third and fourth year of a joint BSc software engineering programme… more

SportsMax partners with Digicel to cover Winter Olympics

Regional – In another move to bring customers closer to the things they love most, Digicel has partnered with SportsMax, the Official Broadcast Partners of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, to provide exciting sports coverage to over 13 million customers… more

Submerged cable to link DomRep to Jamaica, other islands

Regional – A two year project to lay a submerged cable of over 10,000 kilometers, connecting the Dominican Republic to several countries in the region, was unveiled on Wednesday… more

bmobile powers D’ Junction app

Trinidad and Tobago – For a third straight year, whether playing in a band or trying to link up on the road, finding your team this Carnival Monday and Tuesday is just a few taps away thanks to the Carnival mobile app D’ Junction… more

Social media is publishing, Seepersad rules

Trinidad and Tobago – WHEN JUSTICE Frank Seepersad delivered his ruling on case CV 2016-02974, he did so in the clear understanding that this was a document that would guide the next generation of local libel cases, which will increasingly come from the electronic aether, not from traditional media channels… more

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Antigua and Barbuda advised to fully utilise crypto currencies’ technology

Antigua and Barbuda – Antigua and Barbuda has been advised to move past simply “embracing” crypto currencies to fully taking on board the technology that enables the existence of the virtual currencies such as Bitcoin… more

Significant safeguards for NIDS

Jamaica – Head of Data Management for eGov Jamaica, Walt Brown, says significant safeguards will be instituted to secure information obtained for the National Identification System (NIDS)… more

A Step in the Right Direction: Island-wide Internet Access

Saint Lucia – internet is essential to our daily life and business. This is recognised on a local and global level. For those of us who see a cute cat pic find its way across our Facebook, or the latest viral video pop up on YouTube, it may seem like the internet’s enduring value to business is opaque… more

Illegal Radio operator fined $50,000

Trinidad and Tobago – AN amateur radio operator who operated radio-transmitting equipment without a licence in 2007 has been slapped with a $50,000 fine by two appellate court judges… more

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Digicel embraces data and OTT services for new promotion

Jamaica – After about a year with little public marketing, Digicel has started a new campaign, with data taking the lead over talk time… more

UHWI to be fully digitised soon

Jamaica – The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is now close to completing the implementation of its Hospital Information Management System (HIMS), which will digitise the hospital’s operations… more

SZV asking employers to declare and pay premiums online no cash as per march 1st 2018.

Sint Maarten – Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally… more

TelEm Group Pond Island building open to public Monday.

Sint Maarten – CEO praises workers who kept services going during emergency… more

UTT can’t find $2M to renew library database

Trinidad and Tobago – As the already troubled financial situation at the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) deepens, the university is now unable to get $2 million to renew its library databases and e-journals… more

 

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