Technology

Apple services now available in more countries around the world

(PRESS RELEASE) – Apple® announced that starting today, even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple’s most popular Services. The App Store®, Apple Arcade™, Apple Music®, Apple Podcasts® and iCloud® are now available in 20 more countries, and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries. “We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to ...

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Saint Lucia among three CARICOM countries to benefit from e-mobility programmme

(CMC) — Three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are to benefit from a new Global Environment Facility (GEF) global e-mobility programme that has been launched at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25). The programme is expected to help an initial set of 17 developing countries deploy electric vehicles at scale, in support of improved air quality and reduced fossil ...

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Instagram to require birth dates in move to block underage use

(AFP) — Instagram said Wednesday it would require new users to verify they are at least 13 when they join the visually focused, Facebook-owned social network. The move aims to help Instagram comply with a US law and its own policies that require any user to be at least 13. “Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from ...

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Government to improve e-services

(GIS) – As part of the Digital Transformation Project, the Department of Public Service has embarked on an ICT Evolution Project which forms part of a road map to implement government services online. The project facilitates and accelerates the e-government agenda to focus on connecting people, in essence, allowing the public service, citizens and businesses to interact and share information. ...

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Instagram and Facebook are down

(DAILY MAIL UK) – Instagram and Facebook both appear to be suffering major outages, with thousands of app users claiming they are unable to refresh their feeds or upload photos or videos. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook has been experiencing issues since around 2pm GMT, according to Downdetector, which monitors online outages. Downdetector’s outage map shows that users in ...

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Young Science and Technology Innovators and Entrepreneurs invited to apply for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition

(PRESS RELEASE) – The application process is currently open for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. The GIST Tech-I Competition offers young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for mentorship, training, and seed capital to advance their ventures. Finalists will gain international visibility from pitching ...

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‘Twisted’ fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster

(THE GUARDIAN) – A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say. Fibre optic cables use pulses of light to transmit ...

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SlashRoots Foundation to host 3rd data-meet up in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – SlashRoots Foundation in collaboration with the World Bank and the Saint Lucia ICT Association will be hosting the third data meet-up on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the National ICT Centre from 5pm. This month’s session will focus on how to build prototypes of mobile apps and websites without the need for any coding. Robin Schouten from ...

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New Artificial Intelligence to help facilitate trade negotiations for Small Island Developing States

(PRESS RELEASE) – The first AI powered-platform for trade negotiations recently introduced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva could bring major advances that can strengthen the voice of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the international arena by allowing for deeper and more targeted data analysis which could lead to better negotiating outcomes. The ...

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Team Saint Lucia to participate in Robot Olympics

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia will be participating in the annual FIRST Global Challenge – Robot Olympics under the theme “Energy Impact”. During the competition or challenge, shifting alliances of three nations will compete to fuel power plants, initiate renewable energy plants and build a resilient transmission network using their team robots. Team Saint Lucia will be one ...

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Seven engage in prosthetic limb production training

(GIS) – The OECS and the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), with support from the UNDP, recently concluded a training session on the production of basic prosthetic limbs. The training provided capacity building for income generation among the participants, while also enhancing quality of life of Persons with disabilities through the provision of prosthetic limbs. Trainees ...

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Hold the phone! You can now use WhatsApp with a landline

(SOFTONIC) – The launch of WhatsApp Business has given the messaging service a completely new dimension. WA Business gives companies and customers an official and secure way to communicate with each other and in the coming months and years; we’ll see all sorts of entrepreneurs using this new facility to sell us their wares. WA Business also brings with it ...

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ECTEL’s commitment to an open internet

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) wishes to reiterate to the citizens of the ECTEL Member States our firm commitment to maintain an open Internet; no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services. Notwithstanding the decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States of America to repeal its net neutrality rules on ...

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Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

(AFP) – Facebook on Wednesday reported a big jump in profits even though people are spending less time on the world’s biggest social network. The company said its priority is to encourage personal interaction among users, rather than simply boost the number of hours they spend on Facebook. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said changes enacted by Facebook cut time spent on ...

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Samsung unveils giant modular TV

(BBC) – Samsung has announced a giant 146in (396cm) TV called The Wall at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The TV features a micro-LED display, which is pitched as a superior alternative to OLED because it offers both deep blacks and bright highlights. However, one analyst said they would likely be very expensive to manufacture. Samsung also says ...

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Apple apologises for slowing iPhones, offers discounted batteries

(AFP) – Apple on Thursday apologised to its customers for slowing down performance of older iPhone models and said it would discount replacement batteries for some of its handsets. The move by Apple responded to an uproar from iPhone users — and a series of lawsuits — after news of the battery problems stoked concerns the company was unfairly nudging ...

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Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages

(TECH CRUNCH) – Facebook, like every social media platform, has issues with harassment and bullying. In order to prevent certain types of harassment, Facebook is introducing some new features to help prevent unwanted friend requests and messages. “We’ve heard stories from people who have blocked someone only to encounter the same harasser using a different account,” Facebook Global Head of ...

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Ride Caribbean launches on Indiegogo

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucian owned and operated Ride Sharing Company RIDE Caribbean has launched its crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign which will run for two month’s is in an effort to raise funding to finalize the development of the companies mobile app for its official launch. RIDE Caribbean is the brainchild of founder Greggar Deterville.  A ...

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Electric planes coming soon

(CNN) – Spurred by concerns about climate change, governments and companies worldwide are making plans for a post-oil era. But, while there have been efforts to limit carbon emissions in the aviation industry by using biofuels, no solution is in sight to replace kerosene-burning commercial aircraft. And yet, as with the car industry, electrical propulsion looks to be the way ...

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Glace Web introduces new mobile app ‘MoWally’

(PRESS RELEASE) – Value-seeking​ ​customers​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​rewarded​ ​for​ ​their​​ ​loyalty​​ ​to​ ​your​ ​business. But​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​clutter​ ​their​ ​wallets​ ​with​ ​paper​ ​punch-cards​ ​or​ ​carry​ ​dozens of​ ​plastic​ ​rewards​ ​cards​ ​on​ ​their​ ​keychains.​ ​It’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​step​ ​up​ ​to​ ​digital​ ​loyalty reward​ ​programs​ ​that​ ​work​ ​with​ ​today’s​ ​ubiquitous​ ​mobile​ ​devices.​ ​ MoWally​ ​is​ ​a new​ ​mobile​ ​application​ ...

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Telefónica Chile evolves core network

(PRESS RELEASE) – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Telefónica Chile, the largest mobile network operator and internet service provider in the country, to completely virtualize the operator’s core network. A fully virtualized core network provides the operator with faster time-to-market of innovative new products and services that capture the opportunities presented by use cases in 5G and the ...

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Tech pioneer and humanitarian awarded prestigious Global Citizen Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – Monique Morrow, humanitarian, technological pioneer, and co-founder of The Humanized Internet, was today awarded the prestigious Global Citizen Award® by leading international citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners. The award ceremony took place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong, as part of the 11th annual Global Residence and Citizenship Conference. The Global Citizen ...

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C&W Networks recognized as best carrier in Latin America

(PRESS RELEASE) – C&W Networks, a division of C&W Communications (C&W) and a Liberty Global company (LiLAC Group), which owns and operates the largest state-of-the-art subsea multi-ring fibre-optic in the Caribbean and Latin America won two significant awards on October 25 at the 13th Global Carrier Awards in London. A four-time consecutive past winner of Best Caribbean Carrier Award, C&W ...

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C&W Business launches hospitality IPTV in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The face of television is changing with Cable & Wireless Business, as the region’s leading telecommunications service provider has unveiled a new product specifically geared towards Saint Lucia’s leading industry. C&W Business is now offering its cutting-edge integrated Next Generation Hospitality Interactive TV in Saint Lucia, aimed at making the hospitality sector more globally competitive to meets ...

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MOVISTAR and Ericsson bring first 5G trial to Argentina

(PRESS RELEASE) – Telefónica-owned operator Movistar and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have brought the first 5G test system to Argentina, allowing telecom operators and ecosystem partners such as academic institutions and industry representatives, to test 5G capabilities in a live network. The trial, which took place in Buenos Aires, used Ericsson’s mmWave 28GHz 5G Test Bed solution, reaching a record speed ...

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Ericsson opens 5G design site in Austin, Texas

(PRESS RELEASE) – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is opening a design center in Austin, Texas, to focus on microelectronics and accelerating the path to 5G commercialization. The Austin ASIC Design Center is open now and recruitments are ongoing. ASIC stands for Application Specific Integrated Circuit. Such microelectronics are at the core of all Ericsson Radio Systems and can be seen as ...

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5G readiness on the rise

(PRESS RELEASE) – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has released the 5G Readiness Survey 2017. The report shows that many operators have accelerated preparations for the new technology and trials are being carried out by 78 percent of the respondents. Furthermore, 28 percent of the respondents expect to deploy 5G next year. The survey also shows that operators have further developed their ...

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Apple to swap ‘faulty’ iPhone 6S batteries

BBC – Apple is offering to replace the batteries of a “small number” of iPhone 6S phones with a fault that makes them unexpectedly shut down. The phones with this fault were manufactured between September and October 2015, it said in a statement. Affected devices will suddenly stop working even though the handset’s battery has plenty of charge. Anyone with ...

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Study investigates impact of internet on Caribbean economies

PRESS RELEASE – A recent study on “The Impact of Broadband on Economic Growth in ECTEL Member States” has indicated that a one percent increase in the broadband penetration rate would lead to an increase in real economic growth of 0.076 percent. The findings, according to the report, applies to all Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) member states as a ...

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Google News launches fact check label

BBC – Google has launched a new feature, fact check, which will add a label next to news stories in search results. Fact check will appear with other news organisations in Google News and will, Google says, “shine a light on its efforts to divide fact from fiction”. Richard Gingras, Google’s head of news, added it will “help readers find ...

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Samsung ‘pauses Note 7 production’

BBC – Smartphone giant Samsung has reportedly stopped production of its Note 7 phone amid claims that replacement devices are still at risk of catching fire. News agencies reported Samsung had temporarily halted production after talks with safety regulators. Samsung told the BBC it was “adjusting the production schedule to ensure quality and safety matters”. The company has been forced ...

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ECTEL study finds increase in broadband leads to real economic growth

PRESS RELEASE – A study on “The Impact of Broadband on Economic Growth in ECTEL Member States” indicates that an increase in the broadband penetration rate of 1%, would lead to an increase in real economic growth of 0.076%. The findings according to the report, applies to all ECTEL Member States as a single group. The study which was commissioned ...

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Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

BBC – Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100). The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at a time. As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself Snap, Inc. ...

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Saint Lucians urged to return Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets

The Consumer Affairs Department of the Ministry of Commerce is advising Saint Lucians who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cellular phone to have it returned to the place of purchase. Director of the Consumer Affairs Department Guillaume Simon has said that his department will continue to monitor the import and sale of that product, explaining that persons can also return ...

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Apple expected to unveil new iPhone 7

BBC – Wednesday is a big day in the tech world. Apple is holding its annual launch event where the new iPhone 7 is expected to be revealed. The much-heralded device comes just as rival Samsung has recalled its flagship Note 7 over battery issues. Many commentators expect Apple to have ditched the headphone jack, leaving only one port. The ...

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Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

BBC- Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire. The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone “exploding” during or after charging. The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new ...

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Google launches video chat app

BBC – Google has launched its video chatting app, called Duo. It represents Google’s response to other popular video calling options, including Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger. It’s not that different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives users a glimpse at who’s making the call, helping people decide whether to answer or not. Google ...

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Local firm Emagine Solutions launches ‘Poll St Lucia’ app

PRESS RELEASE – With the mobile phone penetration rate in Saint Lucia averaging in excess of 120% over the past five years along with growing comfort among mobile users with the daily use of mobile apps, there is no greater and more accurate means for soliciting the views of our electorate than via this means. Recognizing the fervour and excitement ...

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SLP creates opportunities for the digital generation

PRESS RELEASE – Speaking at an SLP press conference today, the Representative for Soufriere and Minister for Social Transformation, Hon. Harold Dalsan, announced one of the central themes of the next Labour Government: the development of the renewable energy, information technology and services sectors to ensure that Saint Lucia has a vibrant, robust and resilient economy. In short, the next ...

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Gov’t to open new community ICT access entre in Canaries

PRESS RELEASE – The Government will take a significant step in bridging divide when it opens a new, modern Community Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Access Centre in Canaries on Thursday 14th April, 2016. The village of Canaries was identified in the 2010 National Census as being the community with the lowest level of internet penetration on the island. With ...

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Saint Lucia to host ICT Week

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is the host venue for ICT Week from March 14-18, 2016. The event will be held at the Bay Gardens Hotel, and is expected to attract approximately one hundred visitors from all over the world, ranging from Heads of Regional and International Organizations, Ministers, Commissioners of Police, Attorneys General, Directors of Public Prosecution, ICT Personnel, ...

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Gov’t to open more ICT centres

Saint Lucia is not being left out of the fast developing Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector, says Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, who revealed several plans for this sector in 2016. Dr. Anthony said that government will take its Community ICT Access program to an entirely different level and in the next three months, new Community ICT Access Centres will ...

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WhatsApp down for you? Facebook-owned messaging service confirms connectivity issues

GADGETS 360 – If you are wondering whether WhatsApp is down or you are facing issues connecting to your favourite messaging service, you are not alone. Several users across the world are reporting issues connecting to WhatsAp on New Year’s Eve, and the Facebook-owned service has acknowledged the issue. “Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period ...

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Government strengthens ICT capacity

GIS – Recently the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated over three hundred thousand dollars to the Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS), project. The EDRMS primarily includes e-document authoring, online handling and approval, exchange, filing and archive sub-systems. The archiving component of the system will improve the organization’s internal and external communication efficiency, and reduce the ...

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ECTEL issues warning to Digicel

  JAMAICA OBSERVER – The St Lucia-based Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) says it has written to the Irish-owned telecommunications company, DIGICEL, warning against plans to implement its ad control technology. The letter comes in response to a September 30, media release titled “Digicel first operator to implement ad control technology to improve customer experience and help drive broadband access”. ...

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CARCIP conducts recruitment workshop for ICT skills development trainers

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP), will be hosting aTrain –the- Trainers workshop for selected facilitators who will be responsible for providing training under theCARCIP Information Communication and Technology Skills Development Programme. Personnel from T-VET and the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour will provide the training for the recruitment exercise which will take place ...

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‘Dislike’ button coming to Facebook

BBC – Facebook is to add a “dislike” button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said. In a Q+A session held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the 31-year-old said the button would be a way for people to express empathy. He said Facebook was “very close” to having it ready for user testing. A “dislike” button ...

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ECTEL warns phone companies to refrain from blocking OTT services

PRESS RELEASE – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) has received media reports that some telecommunications providers have blocked over-the-top (OTT) services, such as, but not limited to, WhatsApp voice service, over their telecommunications network in some ECTEL Member States; Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Dominica. ECTEL has been advised that a wide range of stakeholders, including ...

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First ICT fair dubbed a success

PRESS RELEASE – The Island’s first ICT fair organized by the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting through the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program-CARCIP has been dubbed a success. The event which was held from August 10th – 14th, 2015, at the Public Service Institute at Union,  comprised activities geared towards showcasing “current ICT Trends and efforts by the ...

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LIME sponsors ICT Fair

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s premier telecommunications provider, LIME joined other members of the local corporate sector in supporting last week’s ICT Fair. LIME was a sponsor of the event hosted by the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting and held at the newly commissioned Public Service Training Institute, formerly known as Spinners in Union. The aim of it ...

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Carcip ITC Fair powered by Flow

PRESS RELEASE – An ICT Fair hosted by the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program which aimed to increase the uptake of broadband, its associated products and service and to showcase the current technologies offered by providers within the ICT space. The five-day event, which started on August 10, 2015, was powered by Flow’s superior fibre-based broadband technology and held at ...

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St Lucia’s Electronic Records Management System to be further improved

PRESS RELEASE – Coming out of extensive rounds of consultations involving a Taiwan International Cooperation Development Fund team and the National ICT Office, on the development of an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS),  the parties are ready to commence phase two or the implementation phase of the system in  five pilot government agencies namely: The Office of the ...

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Thumbs up for laptop program

GIS – An impact study on the laptop program revealed that 98 percent of parents and teachers support the initiative. Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis applauded the outcome, but said that while the laptop program received positive reviews from parents, teachers and students, there are issues which need to be addressed. “We need ...

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Google promises to pay more attention to Caribbean’s needs

CARIBBEAN 360 – The first-ever Caribbean Peering and Internet Connection Forum (CarPIF) has concluded with commitments from Internet companies Akamai Technologies and Google to pay closer attention to the needs of Caribbean Internet service providers and consumers. The promise came after more than 40 regional and international technology experts met in Barbados recently to discuss strategies for improving the economics ...

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Government committed to a connected society

PRESS RELEASE – The 15th Anniversary Conference of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) is currently under way at Bay Gardens Hotel, Saint Lucia, under the theme, “Committed to Broadband and Open Access in a Digital World”. The conference has outlined as its main objectives: (a) To celebrate the achievements of ECTEL over the past fifteen years; (b) To discuss ...

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LIME Caribbean CEO calls for technology innovation

PRESS RELEASE – The region’s leading telecoms provider that first connected the Caribbean to the rest of the world, LIME, called on regional government ministers and fellow telecoms providers to push for greater broadband penetration, allowing Caribbean nationals and businesses to participate in the consumption, creation and commercialisation of mobile applications and digital content, capitalising on the benefits of the ...

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Manage your accounts; manage your time with MyLIME!

PRESS RELEASE – Ever since LIME introduced its MyLIME web portal, LIME customers have been finding it much easier to pay their bills online and check the status of their accounts. The MyLIME portal helps customers save time by gaining immediate, secure access to their LIME bills and service accounts 24 hours a day. You can view, download and pay ...

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Catch the World Cup with huge discounts at LIME in June

PRESS RELEASE – FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 is coming in June, and it’s coming to LIME TV. June is also the month in which Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider will be celebrating the island’s outstanding dads for Fathers’ Day. And on top of all that, LIME is making it easier than ever to get LIME ...

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Digicel and NTRC to connect communities

PRESS RELEASE – Earlier this month, DIGICEL St. Lucia Ltd and The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) entered into a contractual agreement to install 15 public payphones in rural communities throughout St. Lucia. The project is a continuation of the existing payphone infrastructure operated by DIGICEL. Digicel in an effort to enable everyone to stay connected, will install public payphones ...

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Digicel brings 4G speed to Vieux Fort

PRESS RELEASE – Digicel customers are enjoying the very latest in mobile broadband innovation on Digicel’s super-fast, affordable and reliable 4G network. Underpinned by Digicel’s commitment to best value, best network and best service, Digicel customers Island wide brought their handsets to life. Last Saturday the community of Vieux fort experienced the 4G excitement as top up specials, 4G capable ...

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Comida is a really smart winner with LIME

PRESS RELEASE – What do a pack of gum, a football boot and a black marker have in common? If you were really smart, you would have been able to put those items together to make a creative and exciting story in just 80 words or less. and if you had, you would have been entered for a chance to ...

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Cable & Wireless Communications steps up network investment

Cable & Wireless Communications said on Wednesday it would step up investment in its networks in the Caribbean and Central America in a bid to return to revenue growth and improve earnings. The fixed and mobile operator unveiled its new strategy after posting a better-than-expected five percent increase in full-year core earnings to $608 million on like-for-like revenue of $1.87 ...

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Another Digicel customer wins big

PRESS RELEASE – Digicel’s monthly text to win promotion celebrated another winner Agatha Herman who walked away with the wonderful prize of season tickets and $2000 cash after gaining the number one spot for the April ‘Text to Win’ Promotion. With the recently concluded St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Digicel the platinum sponsors of the event gave its customers ...

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