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In the aftermath of the June 24th  cyber attacks on a number of the Jamaican Government websites, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Opposition Spokesman on ICT, has made another call for the Government to underdake security audits of  all government online services and websites.

Additionally, Dr. Wheatley is recommending that government websites be directed to use the secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) protocol. He's suggesting that this should be implemented as soon as possible. In a statement, he said the cyber attacks on the government websites is another indication that protective measures must be put in place to enhance security.

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Columbus International to acquire Dominica's Marpin 

Barbados-based telecoms provider Columbus International, which was purchased by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) in a USD1.85 billion deal that completed in April this year, is said to be closing in on its own takeover of Dominica’s Marpin Telecoms & Broadcasting. 

The purchase of the Marpin, which provides cable TV, broadband and dial-up internet access, plus local and international cable telephony services, is being carried out through CWC unit LIME Dominica. Dominica Vibes News cites an unnamed source as saying that the deal is expected to have been completed by the end of last month; the purchase price has not been disclosed. 

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Number Portability Up and Running in Jamaica, Finally!

After many delays and missed deadlines, the promise of number portability has finally been delivered in Jamaica. Having been implemented for only three days there are reports that there has been a steady shift between the providers.

Information obtained by the Jamaican OBSERVER ONLINE indicate that 503 Digicel customers have switched  to use LIME, while only 50 LIME users decided to move to Digicel. Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell said he was delighted with the progress and implementation of Number Portability in Jamaica. “In fact, we have done better than we thought we would, in terms of some of the technical challenges that normally go with such implementation,” Paulwell said. With Number Portability, fixed line and mobile phone customers can switch networks while keeping their original phone numbers.

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