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Global internet content providers turn attention to Caribbean

May 23, 2016
Global internet content providers turn attention to Caribbean WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Much ink has been spilt and many hands wrung over how slow and expensive the Internet is in the Caribbean. The latest snapshot from ICT Pulse, for example, is a reminder of the price paid and pain felt by those subscribing to regional service providers’ fixed...

Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks

May 23, 2016
Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A multibillion-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...

Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana

May 4, 2016
Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- This week, Cuba is the tech capital of the region as some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). LACNIC is one of five organisations...

Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point

April 30, 2016
Belize launches Caribbean's latest internet exchange point BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Belize Public Utilities Commission announced that Belize’s first Internet exchange point, named BIXP, was successfully launched in Belize City on April 27 at the campus of the University of Belize.  The launch was the culmination of unprecedented collaboration...

CDB supports data revolution for Caribbean development

April 26, 2016
CDB supports data revolution for Caribbean development KINGSTON, Jamaica -- National population and housing censuses provide data that could help countries in the Caribbean region improve decision-making, accountability, and address development challenges such as inequalities in employment, education and wealth.

Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica

April 19, 2016
Regional tech community gathers in Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Anyone interested in the development of the Internet in Caribbean may have already heard of CaribNOG, the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Over the past decade, this volunteer-based community of computer engineers has grown into a formidable...

Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity

March 15, 2016
Latin America and the Caribbean called on to strengthen efforts on cybersecurity WASHINGTON, USA -- Leaders of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday called on the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to step up their efforts on cybersecurity after releasing a new study, carried out by the two...

Authorities in Apple-FBI case risk unlocking Pandora's Box, says UN human rights chief

March 5, 2016
Authorities in Apple-FBI case risk unlocking Pandora's Box, says UN human rights chief GENEVA, Switzerland -- The top United Nations human rights official on Friday urged United States authorities to proceed with great caution in their legal efforts to break the encryption on an iPhone linked to the investigation into the mass killings in San Bernardino, California, saying...

Mobile phones assist Caribbean in containing spread of chikungunya

March 4, 2016
Mobile phones assist Caribbean in containing spread of chikungunya PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Information generated from mobile phones can be successfully used to contain the spread of non-communicable diseases, as was recently done to stem the spread of the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. This opportunity was explained in the United Nations...

Trinidad to host high-level Caribbean technology forum

February 17, 2016
Trinidad to host high-level Caribbean technology forum PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senior Caribbean government technocrats will this week explore new mechanisms for facilitating comprehensive regional approaches for the planning and execution of information and communications technology (ICT) projects to foster development.

Bahamas telecoms company reaches exclusive agreement with WhatsApp

February 13, 2016
Bahamas telecoms company reaches exclusive agreement with WhatsApp NASSAU, Bahamas -- Questions abound among Bahamians given the news that WhatsApp has dropped its subscription fees and that Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) parent company has entered into a partnership with the social media powerhouse. BTC on Thursday sought to answer....

Antigua-Barbuda 'changes the game' in spectrum regulation

February 5, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda 'changes the game' in spectrum regulation ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In the rapidly changing world of telecommunications, the government of Antigua and Barbuda has “changed the game” by implementing a telecommunications management system that now allows their regulatory authority, the Antigua and Barbuda Telecommunications...

Call for regional tech startups to attend regional boot camp and investment matching

February 5, 2016
Call for regional tech startups to attend regional boot camp and investment matching BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and OECS Commission, along with local and regional implementing partners, have all come together to offer a pioneering coding “boot camp” for tech startups in the Caribbean.

New Wi-Fi hotspots to open in Cuba

February 2, 2016
New Wi-Fi hotspots to open in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Havana will have 30 new Wi-Fi zones in 2016, two more by municipality, which will facilitate access to the service, Odalys Rodriguez del Toro, director of Havana Division of Cuban Telecommunication Company (ETECSA SA), told ACN. To date, there are 17...

Commentary: Why science and math literacy are key to Caribbean development

January 18, 2016
Commentary: Why science and math literacy are key to Caribbean development The lack of racial diversity in the tech industry is a big problem, one that Silicon Valley’s largest firms are trying to solve. For companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, a more diverse workplace means a better grasp of what customers want, which translates into increased sales.

New e-government plan being developed by Barbados

January 7, 2016
New e-government plan being developed by Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of the civil service in Barbados is in the process of developing a new e-government master plan, acting permanent secretary, Allyson Forte, disclosed on Tuesday, as he addressed a brief ceremony before signing a wide area network...

Jamaica to host international tech conference in April 2016

November 12, 2015
Jamaica to host international tech conference in April 2016 BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Montego Bay, Jamaica, will host the next regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) from April 19 to 24, 2016. Stephen Lee, programme director of CaribNOG, made the announcement at its tenth regional meeting in Belize City. “Jamaica is the perfect...

Curacao to host second Caribbean internet peering forum

November 7, 2015
Curacao to host second Caribbean internet peering forum BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Curacao will host the Caribbean’s second regional Internet Peering Forum from July 7 to 8, 2016. Called CarPIF2, the meeting will bring together Internet service providers, Internet exchange points, telecommunications regulators and infrastructure providers for two days of...

Industry experts 'optimistic' about Caribbean technology development

November 6, 2015
Industry experts 'optimistic' about Caribbean technology development BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Regional Internet and technology experts remain upbeat on the future of the industry in the Caribbean. A recent industry report showed that Internet connectivity in the Caribbean is growing at sluggish speeds, with high rates. However, shifting attitudes within the region’s technical...

ECTEL partners with CTU to host broadband Internet development workshop in St Lucia

October 21, 2015
ECTEL partners with CTU to host broadband Internet development workshop in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is this week holding a regional workshop on broadband Internet development, in partnership with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). The workshop is being held in Saint Lucia from...

International experts head to Belize for regional tech conference

October 9, 2015
International experts head to Belize for regional tech conference BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A full line-up of international tech experts will gather in Belize from November 2 to 6, when Belize City plays host to a historic regional ICT development conference. Among the expert facilitators is Bevil Wooding, a founder and a director of the Caribbean Network Operators Group...

OECS partners with CTU to promote ICT development in Eastern Caribbean

October 6, 2015
OECS partners with CTU to promote ICT development in Eastern Caribbean TORTOLA, BVI -- An agreement between the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) promises to deepen collaboration between the institutions in leveraging information and communications technology to support development in...

Internet exchange points critical to the Caribbean digital economy, says BVI minister

October 3, 2015
Internet exchange points critical to the Caribbean digital economy, says BVI minister ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Caribbean nations need to strengthen their Internet infrastructure if the region is to take full advantage of the global digital economy. This was the view expressed by Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) vice president Mark Vanterpool, speaking at the launch of CTU’s ICT Week.

Kick-starting the Caribbean ICT Space: CTU holds ICT Week in BVI

September 25, 2015
Kick-starting the Caribbean ICT Space: CTU holds ICT Week in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Caribbean citizens’ growing appetite for digital conveniences is driving the region’s governments to act decisively to move essential services to online platforms. Ministers and senior government officials from across the region are holding talks to outline the practical steps needed...

Dominican Republic hosts broadband development forum

September 15, 2015
Dominican Republic hosts broadband development forum SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Ministers and deputy ministers of telecommunications and business leaders from over 20 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean convened to launch the second ministerial forum for broadband development in the Dominican Republic. During the forum...

Local IT professionals invited to put Curacao's cyber security software to the test

August 20, 2015
Local IT professionals invited to put Curacao's cyber security software to the test WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Facing more than a thousand verified cyber attacks daily, and totally reliant on the mercies of foreign functioning security software, an independent IT project by a group of developers seem all set to go through a spate of independent tests by locals before its beta deployment.

Experts hoping to deploy cyber security shield to reduce cyber attacks in Curacao

August 17, 2015
Experts hoping to deploy cyber security shield to reduce cyber attacks in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- In response to the more than 1,000 cyber security threats that keep tunneling their way daily into Curacao, a network of cyber security experts is expected to deploy an advance cyber shield system that promises to repel and weaken the impact of such attacks on businesses and...

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