Disaster Management Technology 

C&W Communications Joins Major Relief Effort for Markets Affected by Hurricane Irma

C&W Communications (C&W) today announced its latest involvement in joining the vast relief effort underway for those impacted by Hurricane Irma. “Like countless other businesses in the region, we suffered damage to our property and operations,” John Reid, C&W CEO said. “And our people are responding in the same way as so many of the communities we serve; with kindness, resourcefulness and action. Caribbean people are no strangers to the impact of hurricanes, and when the going gets tough their resilience shines through.” In the early hours of Tuesday, September…

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Technology 

Digicel Commits to “Rebuilding” Barbuda Communication

With Hurricane Irma having devastated the island of Barbuda and the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Browne, describing it as “uninhabitable”, Digicel will travel to the island on Tuesday as part of an industry-wide delegation to work on restoring communications as quickly as possible. With a compulsory evacuation last week as Hurricane Jose posed a further threat to the island, this is the first time that recovery teams will be able to land on Barbuda to assess and start the restoration work. Commenting on the mission, Vanessa Slowey, CEO of…

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Disaster Management Technology 

Digicel Mobilizes Over 200 Engineers in Communication Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Destruction

As Hurricane Irma continues its devastating track across the Caribbean and on to Florida, Digicel has mobilised its 200 plus fleet of engineers, technicians and riggers to undertake the required network restoration work in the shortest time possible. As some of the first people to arrive into the affected countries to activate the recovery work, the Digicel response teams were on the ground within a couple of hours of the all-clears being given. Progress by these teams has been swift and work continues around the clock with everything possible being…

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Disaster Management Technology 

Digicel Gives Free Anywhere Minutes for Irma

With the potential threat of Hurricane Irma on several islands across the Caribbean, Digicel today announced that it is providing its customers in the affected markets with free call credit to communicate with their loved ones throughout the hurricane. From last night, customers’ accounts in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Haiti, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands have been credited with US$10 local Anywhere Minutes to call friends and family on any local network over the next 48 hours. “We understand…

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Disaster Management Technology 

Digicel Prepared for Hurricane Irma, All 136 Cell Sites in “Good Order”

With the potential threat of Hurricane Irma bearing down on Antigua and Barbuda over the next couple of days, Digicel has put its hurricane contingency plan into high gear and has ensured that everything is in place to best manage the events of the coming days. Specifically, Digicel has ensured that all of its 136 cell and LTE sites across the island are in good order and ready to go. Digicel’s Crisis Management Team will continue to monitor and track Hurricane Irma as it continues to gather strength and make…

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Business Technology 

Calvin Ayre appointed as Economic Envoy for Technology Development

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda announces the appointment of Mr Calvin Ayre as a Special Economic Envoy with responsibility for advising on economic cooperation and commerce between Antigua and Barbuda and other sovereign States where blockchain technology is being utilised. Mr Ayre will advise the Government on the effective implementation of new technological developments in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin which have been adopted by leading companies in the United States, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom. He has already invested heavily in Bitcoin blockchain core…

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CARICOM Technology 

ICT agencies meet after Heads of Government approve Single ICT Space Roadmap

Following the approval of the CARICOM Single ICT Roadmap earlier in February, the ICT Cluster Agencies in the Region met on Friday to chart the way forward. The Meeting was held via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana and included representation from the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), as well as from the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU). Discussions centred on developing an integrated work plan among the agencies towards the development…

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CARICOM Regional News Technology 

Roadmap to single ICT space before CARICOM Heads

A roadmap towards creating a single ICT Space for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is being tabled at the 28th Inter-sessional CARICOM summit for the approval of the Conference of Heads of Government. The Conference is meeting in Georgetown, Guyana to deliberate on a number of critical issues including regional security, economic development and international relations. Speaking at the opening ceremony, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described the Roadmap as “an exciting prospect” to enhance the socio-economic development of the Community, rooted in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). “ICT is both an…

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Technology 

Unite for safer internet, says Flow

As the world observes Safer Internet Day today, leading telecommunications provider Flow is urging all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a better place for all, especially young children and teenagers. “From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns,” said Joe Mathieson, Flow. This year’s theme is ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better Internet’. “Safer Internet Day is celebrated by hundreds of countries around the world and at Flow, we are…

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Business Technology 

Applications open for youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank Group in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre. It tailors support for participants according to the stage at which the entrepreneur or firm is currently operating. CTEP addresses two main problems faced by youth: the lack of appropriate job opportunities and the lack of a regional strategy…

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