Roundup: Sicap, Prepay Nation, ECTEL

- Monday, January 24, 2011

Roundup: Sicap, Prepay Nation, ECTEL

Swiss mobile software solutions provider Sicap has extended its operations into Latin America by setting up an office in Mexico, the company said in a statement.

The Mexico team officially started activities at the beginning of October and is intended to grow into a fully operational hub for the region.

Sicap also has teams in Europe, including Russia, as well as Asia and Africa.

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Sicap provides customized mobile software solutions in the areas of communications and charging designed to enable mobile operators to deliver a better subscriber experience, while maximizing new revenue streams and reducing operating costs.

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Prepay Nation, a provider of micropayment solutions for mobile operators, has reached an agreement with Caribbean telco LIME, a unit of Cable & Wireless Communications, to offer international top up services, the companies said in a joint statement.

Under the agreement, Prepay Nation will sell airtime for LIME in various forms including real time top up, pre-activated e-pins and scratch cards to suit different retail scenarios at more than 150,000 locations in North America and Europe.

Prepay Nation will also market the services in Caribbean diaspora communities.

The collaboration will allow customers to recharge phones in all 13 of LIME's markets: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos.

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Government officials and private sector information and communication technology (ICT) executives from St Kitts and Nevis have been discussing a draft electronic communications bill that would be used to regulate the telecommunications and IT sectors, according to the government's website.

During a one-day consultation on the bill held last week, the country's telecommunications and IT minister, Glenn Phillip, pointed to the need to update regulation given the growth in smart phones and other wireless devices, which has made it "much easier for persons to commit or be a victim of a cyber crime."

"The new bill is designed to ensure that the current regulator, Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) has oversight of the ICT sector in an open, fair, independent and transparent manner," ECTEL said in a statement.

Phillip said the communications sector represents 10% of the country's GDP.

The discussion in St Kitts and Nevis is part of a series of national consultations and meetings in all members states of ECTEL. The first was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and additional countries to be visited include Dominica, Grenada and St Lucia.