Roundup: for the week ending 4 February 2018

A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 29 January to Sunday 4 February 2018.

 

Monday, 29 January 2018

BTC Tower Rigger to receive International Award

Bahamas – BTC’s Senior Manager of Mobile Network Operations, Clement Rolle, will receive the Chairman’s Coin Award from the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) next month in Nashville, Tennessee… more

Cable providers may soon be affected by increasing copyright pressure

Bahamas – Increasing pressure on Belize to conform to international copyright standards may soon affect Belizeans, who are used to paying $45 monthly for cable access to hundreds of channels… more

Telecoms companies not cleaning up shabby cell sites

British Virgin Islands – Minister of Communications and Works, Mark Vanterpool has hit out against telecommunications companies operating in the British Virgin Islands for not cleaning up their cell sites that were badly damaged during the hurricanes… more

Blockchain conference comes to Cayman

Cayman Islands – One of the world’s most prominent blockchain conferences, “d10e,” is taking place in Cayman this week, with dozens of people in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry coming to the island to network and share ideas about how the technology can influence all aspects of society… more

Cayman-based crypto-asset funds need time to become ‘institutional’

Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands is fast becoming the go-to jurisdiction for software developers and fund managers alike as they look to establish cryptocurrency funds and ride what is, if one looks at the price of Bitcoin, a hugely volatile wave… more

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands – Blockchain technology offers an exciting, unprecedented and innovative opportunity for the Cayman Islands investment funds industry… more

Copyright legislation important to liberalise telecommunication sector – Hughes

Guyana – Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes said that Government is preparing for a liberalised telecommunication industry by putting in place enabling legislation, including the highly anticipated copyright bill… more

East Ruimveldt gets Info. and Communications Technology hub

Guyana – Residents of East Ruimveldt will now be able to access a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hub right in their community… more

WiPay Guyana works to transform the way Guyanese pay bills

Guyana – The days of standing in long lines to pay bills seem to be drawing nearer to its end, as so many technological payment apps are being introduced… more

FLOW advocates legislation to curb cybercrime

Jamaica – Managing director of FLOW Jamaica, Stephen Price, has called for the implementation of cybersecurity legislation similar to the United States’ Sarbanes-Oxley Act to push businesses to invest in robust cybersecurity practices… more

Expedia Supports Puerto Rico and the Caribbean’s Efforts to Increase Demand

Puerto Rico – The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies is utilizing its participation in Caribbean Travel Marketplace to reiterate its commitment to support destinations throughout the region… more

TSTT manager reports CWU officers to police

Trinidad and Tobago – TSTT’s Executive Vice President HR, IR and Corporate Support Services Carol David yesterday made a report to police after members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) showed up at her Savannah Drive home in Trincity, yesterday… more

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Anguilla Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Anguilla Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

Anguilla – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Antigua & Barbuda Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Antigua & Barbuda Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

Antigua and Barbuda – 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, BTC Sell-Offs To Fund $25m SME Development

Bahamas – THE Prime Minister last night announced plans to finance a $25 million small business development initiative from selling-off the Government ownership in Aliv and BTC… more

Bahamas Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Bahamas Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

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

Barbados Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Barbados Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

Barbados – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

British Virgin Islands Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of British Virgin Islands Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

British Virgin Islands – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Cayman courting blockchain companies

Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands is benefitting from the growing global blockchain and cryptocurrency craze, with dozens of companies involved in the technologies moving here over the last six months… more

Cayman Islands Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Cayman Islands Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

Cayman Islands – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Dominica Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Dominica Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

Dominica – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Guyana Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Guyana Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

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

Jamaica Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of Jamaica Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

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

St. Kitts and Nevis Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of St. Kitts and Nevis Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

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

St. Lucia Telecom Industry Outlook to 2025 – Analysis of St. Lucia Mobile, Fixed Line and Broadband Markets

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

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Aliv Unveils $45,000 BFSB Sponsorship

Bahamas – ALIV has entered into a $45,000, three-year exclusive telecommunications sponsorship with the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)…. more

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise the way business is done in The Bahamas

Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said that Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise the way business is done in The Bahamas… more

Dominica Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Cites Amateur 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

Dominican Republic Telecom Market Report 2018 Analysis by Application, Size, Production, Market Share, Consumption, Trends and Forecast 2023

Dominican Republic – MarketResearchNest.com adds “2018 Dominican Republic Telecom Market Analysis and Outlook Report” new report to its research database… more

Blue Dot rolls out

Jamaica – When you walk into your favourite store and see an item that catches your eye, how does the merchant know that the placement of the item at a particular location in the store worked? … more

Canute Thompson | At Digicel, It Gets Worse And Worse

Jamaica – I am a customer of Digicel and have had bad experiences with the company. The foremost challenge is access to the company to get queries resolved… more

BUSINESS BYTE: C&W Business attains Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Partner Master Certification

Regional – C&W Business announced today that it has attained the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Partner (CMSP) Master certification for the Caribbean and Latin American region, joining an elite group of Cisco® partners worldwide… more

Digital cultural archive of St. Kitts-Nevis is growing

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The Department of Culture is growing its digital archive of materials related to the literary, performing, culinary and visual arts so as to preserve the unique works and make them readily accessible to present and future generations… more

TSTT’s $225 million Massy purchase questioned

Trinidad and Tobago –  THE Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee has made “strong recommendations” to Parliament regarding the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) buyout last year of Massy Communications, which the committee noted with concern was done without the approval of Cabinet… more

Thursday, 1 February 2018

DPM: Blockchain Could Have Halted Jean-Rony’s Exile

Bahamas – THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said blockchain technology can revolutionise the way business is done in the Bahamas, and pledged: “We can be the digital leaders in this region.” … more

Computer snag holds up cases

Barbados – GOVERNMENT LOST OUT on some much-needed money yesterday when some of the computers and printers at the District “A” Magistrates’ Court malfunctioned… more

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

Belize – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

Why P.M. Says Let the Sunshine In

Belize – On Monday, February fifth, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of Sunshine Holdings against the B.T.L. Employees’ Trust in a partial continuation of the original Telemedia saga which had been brought in the main to its conclusion last November… more

Cable and Wireless stocks still trading heavily after buyout offer

Jamaica – A small block trade in Cable & Wireless (C&W) led volumes on the day’s trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) with Access Financial leading gains on Wednesday… more

5 Months After the Hurricanes, the World Must Do More to Reconnect the Caribbean

Regional – 2017 was one of the most active hurricane seasons in the Caribbean on record. Five months after the major storms Irma and Marie devastated parts of the Caribbean, there are still far too many people without access to the Internet and everything it offers. In our view, this is unacceptable… more

Islandwide internet project underway

Saint Lucia – The installation phase of the Government Islandwide Network (GINet) project commenced with a cheque presentation to Saint Lucia from the Republic of China (Taiwan)… more

Cell phones key in school violence

Trinidad and Tobago – The use of cell phones in the class and school not only disrupts the teaching and learning process but they also contribute to violence in schools which starts with cyber bullying, says second vice president of the TT Unified Teachers Association Kyrla Robertson… more

Flow broadband package rates set to increase

Trinidad and Tobago – Telecommunications company Flow has announced increases on its broadband packages, set to come into effect in March… more

Flow internet rates to increase

Trinidad and Tobago – Telecommunications company Flow is set to increase internet rates from next month… more

Friday, 2 February 2018

Aliv introduces Stronger and faster internet

Bahamas –ALIV introduced another facet to its emerging technology.  The ALIV GO and ALIV SOHO were launched yesterday… more

BTC collaborates with corporate partners to sustain outreach efforts

Bahamas – Four days after a massive blaze ripped through the Creole community in Abaco, team BTC is still doing all that it can to assist those impacted by this disaster… more

Viewers Complain After Fox News Is Removed By Cable Bahamas

Bahamas – CABLE Bahamas has removed Fox News from its channel package and some Bahamians who like the network’s infamous brand of conservative news are not pleased… more

Cayman Islands: Cybersecurity And Data Protection – Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands – Lucy Frew’s latest article has been published in the Hedgeweek Cayman Islands Fund Services 2018 report… more

Altice to invest over US$600mn in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic – Netherlands-based telco Altice announced investments of 33bn pesos (US$677mn) through 2022 for its Dominican Republic operations… more

Frustrated with GTT’s DSL service

Guyana – DEAR EDITOR,  Please allow me to vent some frustration that many Guyanese face using the GTT DSL Service… more

GTT ‘high-speed’ internet service criticised by Essequibians

Guyana – The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph company [GTT], is once again been pilloried by its Essequibian customers… more

Teachers Embrace Technology In Preparing Students For GSAT

Jamaica – Some primary school principals say that an increased use of technology is a major strategy being employed by teachers as they prepare students for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which is six weeks away… more

Tech Experts Warn Investors Against Digital Coin Offers

Jamaica – Technology experts warned at a cryptocurrency seminar on Wednesday that many initial coin offerings, or ICOs, are scams… more

Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico – They call what they are building Puertopia. But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness, that it translates to “eternal boy playground” in Latin. So they are changing the name: They will call it Sol… more

ECTEL’s commitment to an open internet

Regional – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) wishes to reiterate to the citizens of the ECTEL Member States our firm commitment to maintain an open Internet; no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services… more

Flow signs interim CLA with NWU

Saint Lucia – Columbus Communications, trading as Flow, and the Saint Lucia National Workers Union (NWU) have concluded a first collective bargaining agreement (CLA)to benefit the company’s non-management staff… more

Digicel Customers To Win Big This Valentine

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Digicel customers will this Valentine win mobile services, a stay at the Young Island Resort, spa treatments, roses, sweet treats and even a FREE car… more

MPs discuss status of Cable TV workers Mon.

Sint Maarten – Members of Parliament (MPs) will be discussing the status and situation surrounding the dismissal of St. Maarten Cable TV workers, and the predicament of the company’s subscribers during an urgent sitting of the Central Committee of Parliament on Monday at 2:00pm… more

TelEm Group Cabinet replacement scheduled for Simpson Bay Saturday

Sint Maarten – TelEm Group technicians will be replacing a damaged telecommunication cabinet in the Simpson Bay area between 8:00 am 5:00 pm Saturday, February 3… more

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Havana protests US move to increase Internet access in Cuba

Cuba – Havana has formally protested the creation of a US task force aimed at increasing Internet access on the island, saying it “violates” Cuban “sovereignty”… more

BPOs are not sweatshops!

Jamaica – STAKEHOLDERS in the business process outsourcing (BPO) Industry have dismissed the perception that some Jamaican workers are being exploited in the sector, or are being made to work in less than desirable conditions… more

Govt moves towards e-tendering

Trinidad and Tobago – STATE agencies TSTT and iGovTT, jointly hosted a breakfast ceremony for about 100 guests at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain yesterday to celebrate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between them for e-tendering services… more

Sunday, 4 February 2018

PSVs to put Wi-Fi on long-haul vans

Barbados – Some operators of public service vehicles (PSVs) will soon be installing wireless and charging ports, giving commuters the option to access their own music or travel in silence… more

3Q15 Dominica Mobile Operator Forecast, 2003 – 2017

Dominica – 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

3Q15 Guyana Mobile Operator Forecast, 2003 – 2017

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

3Q15 Haiti Mobile Operator Forecast, 2003 – 2017

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

3Q15 Jamaica Mobile Operator Forecast, 2003 – 2017

Jamaica – Telecoms and Computing Market Report has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of telecoms and computing industries… more

e-Health in the J’can public health system: Where are we?

Jamaica – In a recent visit to Estonia I had the opportunity to interface with aspects of their information and communication technologies (ICT) in health and was very impressed with their e-Health initiatives… more

CANTO and Co-host TSTT Welcome Delegates at 34th AGM in Trinidad

Regional – ICT/Telecommunications Association, CANTO in collaboration with founding member and Operator, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) host over 150 delegates at the 34th Annual General Meeting & Mini Expo… more

3Q15 Trinidad and Tobago Mobile Operator Forecast, 2003 – 2017

Trinidad and Tobago – 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

 

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