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Barbados internet exchange point established

May 21, 2015
Barbados internet exchange point established Bridgetown, Barbados (BGIS) -- Three local internet service providers (ISPs) signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to establish the Barbados Internet Exchange (BARIX). Representatives of Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, Digicel (Barbados) Limited and Columbus Barbados...

Grenada launches business grants for innovators and entrepreneurs

May 19, 2015
Grenada launches business grants for innovators and entrepreneurs ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Innovators and entrepreneurs in Grenada will soon benefit from a suite of new grant funding opportunities. The Grenada ministry of communications, works, physical development, public utilities, ICT and community development will launch the business grants and outline...

Barbados to host first-ever regional Internet peering forum

May 16, 2015
Barbados to host first-ever regional Internet peering forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- If you live in the Caribbean, you don't need to be a computer expert to know that the region's Internet services need to improve. If your connection falters so often that you've long since stopped calling customer service for redress, then you’ve got a good idea about the challenges.

CaribNOG 9 launches on high note in Saint Lucia

May 2, 2015
CaribNOG 9 launches on high note in Saint Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- "Within the Caribbean lies the human resource capacity to take care of its IT business!" Those opening words from Stephen Lee, program coordinator of CaribNOG, set the tone for one of the largest gatherings of the Caribbean Internet community, which got off to a successful...

Faster internet coming to Belize

May 1, 2015
Faster internet coming to Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Sometimes the best solution to a technical problem is social engineering. After a journey of two years, that’s exactly how Belize has come to a major milestone in its technological development. The country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) have committed to set up...

Competing ISPs come together to improve internet service in St Lucia

April 8, 2015
Competing ISPs come together to improve internet service in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s internet users can look forward to better connectivity and faster speeds between local internet service providers (ISPs). Digicel signed a memorandum of understanding on April 2, agreeing to become the newest member of the Saint Lucia internet exchange (SLiX).

More Caribbean leaders appreciate link between technology and economic growth, says Grenada PM

April 3, 2015
More Caribbean leaders appreciate link between technology and economic growth, says Grenada PM ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says more Caribbean leaders are starting to appreciate the link between science and technology and economic growth. Mitchell is expected to take the recommendations from the just concluded Caribbean...

Caribbean governments called on to devote one percent of GDP to science and technology

April 2, 2015
Caribbean governments called on to devote one percent of GDP to science and technology ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Caribbean governments must devote at least one percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to science and technology for the region to make significant progress in this area. This was one of the recommendations coming out of the second high level...

CARCIP partners with local college to expand internet access in St Lucia

March 31, 2015
CARCIP partners with local college to expand internet access in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia ministry of public service, information and broadcasting is partnering with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to conduct a series of surveys, as part of an in-depth analysis of the nation’s urban and rural broadband Internet connectivity gaps.

Barbados hosts ICT training programme

March 31, 2015
Barbados hosts ICT training programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (CTIC) for the implementation of a training programme for ICT advisors.

CARICOM science delegation to visit Cuba

March 28, 2015
CARICOM science delegation to visit Cuba ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) science delegation is to visit Cuba in an effort to strengthen technology links between the region and its Spanish speaking neighbour. The delegation will be headed by Professor Harold Ramkissoon, chairman of CARICOM Science...

Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development

March 25, 2015
Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Four hundred young men and women in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will be equipped to participate in the global multi-billion dollar mobile application and animation industries. The Caribbean Development Bank, along with partners, will fund training under the...

St Lucia invests in local technology sector

March 20, 2015
St Lucia invests in local technology sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is rolling out a series of training workshops intended to strengthen its information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The workshops will provide orientation and accreditation to eligible institutions or individuals who are interested in conducting training.

US joins China in being accused of attempting to hack electronic devices

March 11, 2015
US joins China in being accused of attempting to hack electronic devices WASHINGTON, USA -- Not only has China recently been accused of placing spyware in laptop computers donated or sold to Caribbean governments, but a report on Tuesday by investigative news site The Intercept, citing documents obtained from National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower...

Antigua-Barbuda government to boost efficiency through new agreement with Microsoft

March 9, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda government to boost efficiency through new agreement with Microsoft PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Antigua and Barbuda ministry of information, broadcasting, telecommunications and information technology has signed a new agreement with Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago, which will transform how the government does business, ultimately resulting in...

OAS supports Costa Rica in developing national cyber security strategy

March 4, 2015
OAS supports Costa Rica in developing national cyber security strategy SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday completed two days of preparatory meetings in San Jose to support the development of a national cyber security strategy in Costa Rica. The meetings, organized with the support of the ministry of science...

Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms

March 2, 2015
Jamaica targeting US-based IT firms MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, said the ministry will be intensifying efforts to attract more information communications technology (ICT) firms to Jamaica. He said the ministry will be going after US-based companies.

Letter: Technical investigation reveals your government is working for you by spying on you

February 28, 2015
Letter: Technical investigation reveals your government is working for you by spying on you Do you have a Trinidad and Tobago government desktop or laptop computer? Then you are being spied upon. Based on technical investigation into government laptops using three independent Linux operating systems and radio wave I was able to control the anti thief tracking system.

Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology

February 25, 2015
Canada helps boost regional military capacity with information technology ST ANN’S FORT, Barbados -- The Canadian government in conjunction with the Barbados Defence Force hosted the second session of a ten-week information technology (IT) workshop on information technology systems support for military members within the Caribbean region.

Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears

February 21, 2015
Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears NEW YORK, USA -- Lenovo, the Chinese computer manufacturer that has supplied tens of thousands of laptops to Caribbean governments, is reportedly selling computers that come preinstalled with spyware that hijacks encrypted web sessions and may make users vulnerable.

OECS to tighten regulations in ICT sector

February 6, 2015
OECS to tighten regulations in ICT sector CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Market competition within the information and communication technology (ICT) sector was discussed at the 60th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority held on Wednesday. OECS Director General Dr Didacus Jules said that...

ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general

February 4, 2015
ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM growth and development, says secretary general PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), on Monday underscored the critical role that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had to play in the integration architecture. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the CTU's...

CTU celebrates 25th anniversary with ICT Week in Port of Spain

January 29, 2015
CTU celebrates 25th anniversary with ICT Week in Port of Spain PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Grenada’s prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, is among several high-profile speakers to present at a regional conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) next week. Among the technology development experts slated to speak...

Cyber security predictions for 2015

January 22, 2015
Cyber security predictions for 2015 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Our 2014 predictions and awareness mission covered attack vectors across websites, data, email, and networks due a rise in malware infestations as well as a rise in persons being victims of cybercrime across the Caribbean. In 2014, five of the six forecasts were right...

Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape

January 17, 2015
Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Officials from across the Eastern Caribbean are working on a joint response to major changes in the region’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape. A three-day training workshop on technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean...

Three OECS tech companies make top 25 startups to watch in 2015

January 15, 2015
Three OECS tech companies make top 25 startups to watch in 2015 BRADES, Montserrat -- Two Montserratian startups and one Dominican-based company have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015. This is the first year that SiliconCaribe, a blog focused on Caribbean technology education, is publishing the list.

Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks

January 7, 2015
Regional mobile provider upgrades data networks KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Regional mobile phone network provider Digicel Jamaica has deployed new server infrastructure to support rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services over 2.5G, 3G, and 4G (HSPA+) networks. A longstanding partnership between Digicel and Alepo...

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