News from the Caribbean:
March 10, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (World Bank) -- The next viral mobile sensation could be developed right here in Jamaica. That’s the message from the tech community to young hopefuls in the Caribbean. “Technology can be the great leveller, not only in terms of location but also in terms of size” explained Lisa Harding.
March 8, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- “One of the greatest challenges facing the Caribbean is getting people to believe in the value of ideas,” said Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). Lewis was speaking at the St Vincent and the Grenadines leg of...
March 8, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia celebrated its 35th year of independence with a bold step toward improving the quality of Internet services for its citizens. On February 28, the island joined the growing list of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reaping the benefits of a local internet exchange point.
March 6, 2014
LONDON, England -- Commonwealth ICT Ministers have adopted a Commonwealth cybergovernance model to guide national policy development of their national cyberspace. Representing over 35 Commonwealth countries, ICT ministers and their advisors met in London on 3 - 4 March.
March 4, 2014
LONDON, England -- The first-ever Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum is taking place in London at which an agreement is expected on a strategy for advancing broadband across the 53-country membership. Ministers will also review recommendations for a pan-Commonwealth..
March 3, 2014
In working with entrepreneurs and startups around the region, by far the main grievance aired is that they are not enough options to raise money to fund their startup dreams. Many have been burned or even given up entirely on the traditional banking avenues. That does not leave many local alternatives.
February 28, 2014
I am informing you about a petition to Apple to include your country/territory in iOS (iPhone) and iCloud, where it is missing at present. Users from countries and territories like American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands, Curaçao, French Guiana, Gibraltar, Guam...
February 26, 2014
Using computer and Internet-based technology for business can bring major benefits. However, making the right technology choices can be a bit like a minefield when you’re navigating all of the options that are out there. The following basic guide should help you to the right choices for your business.
February 22, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Eastern Caribbean small-island developing states face the threats of rising crime, porous borders, climate change, the flight of intellectual capital and the dismantling of preferential trade arrangements for agricultural products, spurred by the contagion of the global financial crisis.
February 20, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is planning to become the next Caribbean country to establish an Internet exchange point (IXP). That timing seems appropriate. The launch of the Saint Lucia IXP, called SLiX, is being timed as part of Saint Lucia’s celebration 35 years of independence.
February 15, 2014
REDMOND, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and Microsoft have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen efforts made by the OAS cyber security program over the last ten years. The signing of the agreement took place at Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington State.
February 12, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Caribbean history is the picture of a region lacking in physical and financial resources, but constantly finding ways to confront those realities through human resourcefulness and ingenuity. Saint Lucia, like many Caribbean islands, does not have a history of economic reliance on extractive industries.
February 10, 2014
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- A new initiative from BrightPath Foundation is taking a radical approach to Caribbean digital content creation. Called TechLink, the new project is already being described as a revolution in community-driven technology-driven education for the region. On February 1, BrightPath Foundation...
February 8, 2014
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean region, known for the creativity of its people, is now making decisive moves to harness that innate resourcefulness. Next week, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will hold the first in a series of workshops intended to highlight ways...
February 4, 2014
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Governments of the Eastern Caribbean have taken a significant step toward harmonising their countries’ investments in telecommunications infrastructure. A regional project, called the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme...
January 18, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- ICT and human resource development fused together could be the catalyst for enhancing prospects for sustainable growth and development for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). That was the sentiment expressed by prime minister of Grenada...
January 11, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister responsible for science and technology (S&T) in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has signaled his intention to strengthen the S&T capacity in the region so that it can, in the shortest possible time...
December 24, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Digicel has reached an agreement with the Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and with Caribbean Fibre Holdings to acquire a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region. Digicel will acquire Middle Caribbean Network, Southern Caribbean Fibre, Antilles Crossings...
December 11, 2013
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia, through the Caribbean Regional Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP), will be implementing an EC$2.5 million grant instrument to support ICT business incubation and training. Funds allocated for the business incubator services...
December 9, 2013
As a youngster growing up in Grenada, exposure to career opportunities were limited primarily to law, medicine / healthcare, economics / accounting, teaching and a couple of engineering disciplines. Although I liked physics, I knew no physicists and had no idea what physicists did.
December 6, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have decided that information and communications technology (ICT) will be one of the major topics to be discussed at the upcoming intersessional meeting in February. This was disclosed by...
December 3, 2013
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Six Caribbean nationals were recognised for their contribution to advancing technology innovation in the region at the launch of the BrightPath Foundation TechLink initiative in Grenada. BrightPath, in collaboration with its corporate partner Columbus Communications...
November 26, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The first touch-screen tablet manufactured in Haiti and its affordable price have captured the interest of Haitians, particularly within low income households and the youth, who believe they now have a unique opportunity to fulfill their dream to own one.
November 26, 2013
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A new education initiative is seeking to change how internet users across the Caribbean take advantage of technology. TechLink, an initiative of the BrightPath Foundation, in partnership with Columbus Communications, kicked off in Grenada with the goal of inspiring more...
November 21, 2013
PARIS, France -- Eutelsat Communications and CaribSat, an internet service provider, has announced the signature of a distribution agreement for the IP Easy satellite broadband service provided through the Caribbean footprint of the EUTELSAT 8 West A satellite.
November 20, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The Caribbean must take definitive steps towards the creation and deployment of cybersecurity emergency response teams (CERTs) or run the risk of being isolated from an international tendency that is already developing at a rapid pace. That’s the view of Shannon Curran...
November 16, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With over 600 entries from 88 countries worldwide in this year’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Young Innovators’ competition, young regional entrepreneur Keston Perry and his project KUMBAConnect has emerged as one of the winners.