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Caribbean ICT watch

Bnamericas Published: Friday, January 27, 2023
Caribbean ICT watch

The Turks and Caicos Islands is looking for consultancy services on a national fiber ring that will link to subsea cable Arcos-1, owned by C&W

The 8,400km Arcos-1 connects several Caribbean and Central American countries, Mexico and the US. 

The consultancy should identify optimum routes for a fiber link across the main Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as alternatives, including redundancy and routes for connectivity to international links, according to outlet Capacity Media.

The Turks and Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory, has a population of 46,000. 

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Digicel invested US$4.3mn in internet and TV services in Manchester, Jamaica. 

"This investment opens up fresh opportunities for more persons in rural Jamaica to participate in and benefit from the growing digital economy. It also bridges the digital gap, and propels us further toward delivering on our promise of 100% internet connectivity across Jamaica within the shortest time possible," Shawn Clarke, CEO of home entertainment service Digicel+, told the Jamaica Observer.

The investment is part of a three-year US$200mn commitment started in July 2021 to create a digital hub in the country. 

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C&W launched the Flow Business plan for SMEs in Dominica, offering better connectivity, simplified packages, improved product customization and client support, according to a press release. 

“We recognize that there has been a clear shift in the way many of our business clients are leveraging connectivity and with the launch of Flow Business, we want to help Dominican businesses progress even further by providing cutting-edge products and robust 24/7 support,” CEO Jeffrey Baptiste said. 

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Trade association Canto launched a cloud-based procurement platform to improve the efficiency of procurement processes for telecoms operators and ICT providers in the Americas.

The eMarket platform streamlines procurement processes and allows firms to automate some manual tasks. The platform also provides reports and analytics to aid in decision-making and performance tracking. 

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Fintech CaribCoin has joined the Caribbean telecommunications union CTU. 

CaribCoin is supported by Abed Ventures and its Carib Dollar$ currency enables the direct and near instantaneous cross-border settlement of payments between companies doing business in the Caribbean.

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