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Caribbean Internet Peering

The inaugural Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Connection Forum (CarPIF), held in Barbados last April, quietly marked the opening of a new chapter in the development of the Internet in the Caribbean. Such gatherings, called peering forums, are designed to bring together senior decision makers from internet service providers, cloud providers, content delivery networks and other related entities in a neutral environment to discuss the interconnection of their networks. Peering forums are commonplace in other regions, from Europe and North America, to Africa and Latin America. 9438

App marketing for cash-strapped developers

STARTUPS - With millions of apps and hundreds of thousands of app developers out there, it can be difficult for any developer to get their app noticed. Today’s app developer has to have a clear marketing plan if they are to gain visibility amidst the clutter in the app stores. Although a decent advertising budget can bring more exposure, not all developers have the luxury of budgets or cash flow for a marketing campaign. 9391

Telecom Consolidation: 5 Potential Consumer Benefits

Much 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. 9257

Toward a Single Caribbean ICT Space – Part II

Implementation Keys to the Single Caribbean ICT Space In 1989 the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) was announced as an initiative “to deepen the integration movement and to better respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization.” In the proceeding years, both the challenges and opportunities for the Caribbean have increased. As the potential of globalization evolved into a new global reality, Caribbean economies and Caribbean society have undergone unprecedented transformation.  Today, the question of deeper Caribbean integration is not just an ideal, it is an imperative for the region’s survival. 8840

Towards A Single Caribbean ICT Space Part 1

Political Will Not Technology Needed for Success In the face of the mounting economic and social challenges, the Caribbean urgently needs to tap into new sources of growth. Across the region, the search is on for areas that will create new job opportunities, improve its competitiveness and drive innovation. Creation of a Single ICT Space in CARICOM is expected to provide tremendous benefits, if the region can muster the collective strength to make it a reality. Cautious Optimism On the global stage, strategic use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is widely acknowledged as a critical pillar for sustainable and inclusive growth. However, the Caribbean lacks a genuine single market for electronic communications. Seeking to address this, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government recently announced plans to establish a CARICOM Single ICT Space. 8837

Time To Revisit Caribbean Telecom Regulations

Outmoded Policy Hindering Development, Hurting Consumers The move by two major Caribbean mobile providers to block access to popular Internet-based telephony services continues to capture regional attention. Their action has provoked the ire of consumers, caught the attention of Internet advocates and forced the engagement of national regulators. But perhaps most significantly, it has put a spotlight on the outmoded regulations that govern the actions of telecommunications providers in the Caribbean. 8803

Defending An Open Caribbean Internet

Why Blocking VoIP Services is Bad for Consumers and Bad for the Region “…we are empowering individuals and businesses to get the best out of the internet when and how they want.” - Mark Linehan, CEO of Digicel Jamaica In general, it is always troubling when private firms place their profit-driven interests above larger societal good. When such interests, impact open access to the Internet, and all of its services, the ramifications can undermine economies and disempower whole sectors of society. 8793

From Data to Dollars-How Open Data Initiatives Can Support Business Innovation and Transparency in the Caribbean

Data is more accessible today than anyone could have imagined only a few decades ago. From corporate databases to Internet connected repositories is the lifeblood of the digital economy. With growth projected at 40 per cent a year into the next decade, it is unleashing a new wave of innovative services and opportunities. Open Data World As more of the world goes online, there are increasing opportunities for businesses, governments and people to use data in new ways. For example, data allows us to to learn about customers, optimize business processes, better customize products and services. Add the Internet to the mix and you have a world of data possibilities that can be built upon the foundation of cloud computing, mobility, social networks. But for those possibilities to be realized, the data has to be accessible. The more accessible it is, the more opportunities there are for everyone. That’s where open data comes in. 8787

Doing Good is Good Business-The Business Case for Caribbean Corporate Social Responsibility and the Tech Industry (Part 1)

OPINION- Technology can turn a cause into a movement, faster than ever before. Yet, in an Internet-enabled world of social networks, mobile payments, virtual learning and crowdsourcing, most firms’ approach to social giving remains stuck in the corporate dark-ages. So how do companies go about unlocking the true potential of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives? Changing leadership thinking, not technology, holds the key. Companies around the world are waking up to the fact that throwing dollars at social causes is not sufficient to bolster a brand. It is also not the most effective way to drive social change. That’s why progressive companies are fundamentally re-thinking their approach to charitable efforts. They are moving from handouts and grants to more strategic social investments. There is no good reason why responsible businesses in the Caribbean should do otherwise. 8574

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