Jamaica Takes Lead in Regional Telecoms Talks, after Liberty Global Announces CWC Acquisition

KINGSTON, Jamaica—A multi billion-dollar telecommunications deal, touted as a significant growth opportunity for the Caribbean information and communication technology sector, has come under the scrutiny of the Jamaican government. Liberty Global announced the completion of its US$5 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) on May 16. The combined

Jamaica CAC launches SMS service for bad-product notification

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

Jamaican Government invest in Coding Camp for young girls

Twenty-five female students, aged 11 to 15 years, are being trained to become coders, as part of the Jamaican Government’s thrust to increase skills in information technology for national development, and boost the number of women in the male-dominated field.   Coding is the process of writing specific instructions for

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

On 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

Jamaican Govt allocates $70m to put e-books on tablets

Government is to spend $70 million on e-books for on tablet computers currently being issued to several schools island wide. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, said the initiative forms part of efforts to reduce the amount of money spent by parents on textbooks for children.  The distribution