Telecommunication : Interference and fraud, towards a bilateral solution for Haiti

g-12571Jean Marie Guillaume, Director Genral of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), at the head of delegation recently visited the headquarters of the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), in order to meet his counterpart Dominican Gedeon Santos, as part of a workshop on interference caused by mobile telephony and audiovisual services and telephone fraud. He also discussed the transition from analogue to digital television.

Eastern Caribbean Telecommunication (Ectel) slams Digicel’s ‘interception’

ectel_logoOn Thursday, Digicel issued a news release in which it agreed with the position taken by the telecommunications regulator in the Eastern Caribbean (Ectel) on the acquisition by Cable & Wireless Communications of Columbus International.In the statement, Digicel described as “dismissive statements… constituting an insult to the regulatory authorities and Governments of the Ectel member states; and, particularly, those of Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines” the announcement by CWC and Columbus that regulatory notifications and approvals would be required in the United States, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.  

CWC/Columbus: Deal good for prices, jobs, investment

Phil Bentley, CEO, Cable & Wireless Communications, left, and Brendon Paddick, CEO and chairman of Columbus Communication

Phil Bentley, CEO, Cable & Wireless Communications, left, and Brendon Paddick, CEO and chairman of Columbus Communication

Cable & Wireless Communications Columbus International have said that their proposed merger  will increase competition with Digicel, enhance customer choice and boost long-term investment and employment across the Caribbean.

In a statement on Friday in response to one issued by their fierce rival Digicel on Thursday, the two companies said: “We welcome Ectel’s commitment to understand fully the impact of this transaction. Naturally, in any large deal relating to operations in 42 Latin American and Caribbean countries, there will be concerns in the six markets where overlapping operations exist. 

Startuprobot Re-Engineers Company Registration

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Winston Wilkins, CEO of StartUpRobot

At 37, Winston Wilkins, CEO and founder of StartUpRobot (SUR), the company which promises to take the pain out of company registrations, has turned a hobby in IT into a new company. His previous idea – that of taking the pain out of lunch lines – did not quite catch fire, and was turned down by mentor JJ Geewax, angel investor and Google engineer.  But that’s history.

Digicel St Lucia Makes Christmas Better For Communities

digicel-head-of-operationDuring the festive season Digicel St Lucia will share and give even more value to its customers. Throughout the next month Digicel will bring smiles and cheer to families and communities with the hope of bringing everyone together to make this Christmas better. Digicel, on its quest to change lives and create lasting memories that will transcend joy, fun and delight, will give customers a chance to win their share of over $200,000 in cash and prizes in Digicel’s “Together we make Christmas Better” promotion.

Bahamas Participates in UN Meeting on ICT and E-Governments in SIDS

ContentImages_ICT Mark_Full ColourThe Bahamas participated in a Special Event of the UN’s Economic and Financial Committee on the theme of Information Communications Technologies and E-Government in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Education Improves with Tablets in Rural Haiti

Carol-and-Cayce-attending-a-session-to-hear-from-the-teachers-2-300x168Inveneo has worked very hard to help teachers in rural Haiti gain adequate access to new educational tools and resources. Led by the our team’s project manager in Haiti, Michelet Guerrier, Inveneo recently held a third Tablet training event, part of the Transforming Teaching through Tablets (TTT) project. The training, which was held in a remote part of southeast Haiti called Cascade Pichon, lasted three days. It hosted a total of 15 teachers who came from three separate schools.

Caribbean entrepreneurs need to look to Diaspora for funding

images-29Caribbean entrepreneurs who are looking for funding to develop new or existing businesses are being encouraged to look to their own nationals living abroad.  “Diaspora financing should be explored as a source of funding for entrepreneurs”, said Aun Rahman, head of the infoDev Access to Finance Programme, at the World Bank Group.

Telecommunications Service of T &T is on way towards 95% 4G coverage

images-28Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) has established LTE-based wireless broadband coverage under the Blink Broadband banner on Chacachacare Island as part of its mobile and fixed-wireless broadband expansion programme to reach 95% of Trinidad and Tobago with high speed wireless services, reports local newspaper Newsday.

Cloud computing ‘inevitable’ for Cayman government

croppedcloudGovernment services will, in the coming years, start moving away from physical servers on the island and into big data centers in the United States and elsewhere, according to a deputy in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In an interview this week, Wesley Howell, who is in charge of public safety and security with the Ministry, said the Cabinet Office plans to hire a director of IT services to help bring together computer services departments from across the government and collaborate with private companies.

Do cyber cafés still have a place in the Caribbean?

Cyber-Cafe-in-Thamel-Kathmandu-Nepal-by-Shinya-ICHINOHE-flickrOver the past few years there has been an increasing focus on ensuring individual (and household) take-up of Internet services, both fixed-line and mobile/cellular based. As a result, it may seem strange that there still is a market for Internet/cyber cafés, and that they might not yet be diminishing in popularity. Internet cafés have been around since the early 1990s, and in addition to providing Internet access to the public, usually on a time-based fee, they would also serve snacks and light beverages.