Telecom Consolidation: 5 Potential Consumer Benefits

technology-telecommunications-and-mediaMuch has been written about the potential negative implications of the consolidation being witnessed in the Caribbean telecom sector. Service provider promises notwithstanding, the threat of higher prices, diminished service and limited choice is real any time there is a reduction in the number competitors in any market. In the absence of specific commitments and timetables, consumers have legitimate cause for concern.  However, there is also a basis for hope, as the integration of voice, data, mobile and cable business lines can deliver potential benefits to Caribbean consumers. Potentially.

Turkey Continues New Push to Deepen Ties With the Caribbean

dominica-567x385Turkey has made no secret of its desire to deepen its relationship with the Caribbean, and the country is continuing that push with a new initiative in Dominica.

Dominica announced that Turkey would be donating 50 computers to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture as part of the island’s goal of making advancements in the information and communication technology sector.

e-Government efforts across the Caribbean

eGovernmentIn mid-October, and for a talk on e-government with graduate students at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, the following presentation was delivered on e-government across the Caribbean. The presentation focussed on three areas:

  • a quick overview of e-government
  • an examination of how the Caribbean performed on latest e-government survey conducted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and
  • a discussion of select e-govt initiatives from across the region.

Blink bmobile promotes technology to improve regional education

logoON the surface, cricket and video conferencing may seem to have nothing in common. However, a dinner hosted by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) regional Chief Information Officers in Barbados on November 21, 2014, with former West Indies cricketer and Captain, Daren Ganga video conferencing in from Trinidad, set the stage to prove that both cricket and technology, indeed, have the power to unite the Caribbean. 

Jamaica CAC launches SMS service for bad-product notification

Chief Executive Officer, Dolsie Allen

Chief Executive Officer, Dolsie Allen

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) today (Sunday, November 30) launched its free Short Messaging Service (SMS) Notification and Alert service to provide information via cell phones to the public on issues relating to food and product recalls.  “It is an important component of the Commission’s outreach mechanism so as to enable the flow of quality information to consumers on a timely basis,” CAC

, said at the launch.

Can you hear me now? The voice of Caribbean telecoms consumers

Megaphones-Shows-Announce-Broadcast-Announcing-Or-Loudspeakers-by-Stuart-Miles-FreeDigitalPhotos.net_Though it might have always been the case, the recent announcement of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc’s intention to purchase Columbus International Inc. (which trade as LIME and Flow, respectively, in the Caribbean) has truly brought home that consumers tend to be an afterthought in the region’s telecoms space. Indeed, the proposed purchase might be the most prominent issue in the region’s ICT/tech space, but there are others, which although they might not have the far-reaching implications of the sale, nevertheless emphasise the eroding position of consumers.

Digicel goes hardline; Lauches Fibre to Business

959-John_Delves-2The spotlight for the evening at La Cantina last week was supposed to fall on Digicel’s new offering, Fibre to Business, a cable based enhancement of its thriving Digicel Business initiatives.   But CEO John Delves couldn’t just leave it at that. Flush with the excitement and buzz in the crowded room and the enormous support present for another provider of cable based broadband, he let the other shoe drop. 

Telecoms Triumph In VoIP Stand-Off

voipThe Jamaican Government has signaled that it is preparing to end the free ride for providers of internet calling and data services, known as Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), some of whom have refused to enter into licensing agreement with telecoms on whose networks their services terminate.

T& T to introduce ‘Self-healing’ computers to ensure safety and security

ft38On November 6, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin which revealed that: “a destructive ‘Trojan Horse’ malware programme dubbed ‘Black Energy’ has “penetrated the software that runs much of that country’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe”.

Businesses can cost through technology; Cloud benefits far outweigh the risks

Ative-Ennis

Ative Ennis, head of enterprise solutions at Digicel Business

Businesses can cut costs by up to 20% using the technology, says European Commission…

As many as 80 per cent of businesses can cut costs by up to 20 per cent using cloud computing, according to the European Commission.Consequently, five million jobs are expected to be generated worldwide as companies adopt the technology. “We’re already preparing for jobs that don’t even exist as yet,” Ative Ennis, head of enterprise solutions at Digicel Business, was quoted in a news release from the telecoms giant.

Digicel Business digs deeper into BYOD market

digicellogoDIGICEL Business says it has partnered with a second mobile device management (MDM) provider as part of its thrust into the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) market.  According to Digicel, the ICT solutions provider, named AirWatch, will use the partnership to further leverage its parent’s position in the mobile phone market. Digicel already has enterprise mobility management solution provider, Citrix, on board.