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Industry experts agree: Regulators must protect Caribbean mobile subscribers.

Mobile telecommunications operators in the region will continue to take advantage of consumers until stronger regulatory frameworks are built to protect Caribbean citizens. Regulators across the region must take decisive action to protect consumer choice, and the neutrality of the Internet across the Caribbean. This is the consensus emerging among several

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

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

A case of mixed signals? Blocking VoIP in the Caribbean

OPINION - Since Sunday, 29 June, consumers across the Caribbean have been in an uproar over telecoms, especially mobile/cellular providers, blocking applications and services on their networks that use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Generally, the term VoIP speaks to technologies that are used to deliver voice communications and multimedia

Balancing wages and competitiveness in Caribbean Tech Industry

  Following a series of salary disputes in telecoms sectors across the region, this post offers some thoughts on two frequently opposing considerations: wages and competitiveness. Over the last few weeks, there have been regular news reports of employee discontent in a few of the telecoms companies across the Caribbean region.

Digicel to shut down Claro network – Let the backlash begin ?

The Jamaica Observer article first paragraph says "Digicel has been granted permission to shut down the Claro network less than four months after agreeing to keep it going under the terms of their merger. Permission for the network to be switched off was granted by the outgoing Jamaica Labour Party

Top 10 Most Read blog posts on SiliconCaribe.com in 2011

Yeah it's that time of the year when we look back, review analytics and create lists showing what was important to our readers. This top 10 list reflects what our readers found most interesting to read and share over 2011. 1. Reggae Music Lessons: Top 3 Reasons Reggae Music Sales Suck

Digicel’s rings up operating profit nears US$1b

Digicel Group's is reporting an operating profit of about US$1 billion last calendar year, up from the US$726 million EBITDA it posted for 2009, according to Business Observer calculations based on data released by ratings agency Fitch last week. In its most recent ratings of Digicel —

Where did Claro Jamaica’s Website Go?

Glad we did a screen grab a few weeks ago so IF, or maybe when Digicel/Claro deal is cemented and The Government of Jamaica okays what will in essence be another monopoly we have evidence of increased prices and changes in packages. That said we went to the site today

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