Bitcoin has long been shrouded in mystery, and regarded with suspicion if not completely associated with criminality. However, the technology does have positive uses. Bitcoin Caribbean, is a Facebook group that has been formed to discuss and explore the use of the digital currency, as an alternative means of payment within the Caribbean.
In an earlier edition of the Caribbean Tech Roundup we reported that the OECS held a two day conference to explore options and opportunities presented by e-Payments for businesses and citizens of the sub-region.
Bitcoin Caribbean is a forum which solicits discussion on Bitcoin, the BlockChain and other crypto-technologies, and how they can be used to reduce transactions costs not only for purchases, but fund-transfers and in political process. You can learn more and be part of the discussion by joining the group, Bitcoin Caribbean on FaceBook.
Cable Theft in Jamaica puts Lives and Livelihoods at Risk
Telecommunications company LIME, is calling for urgent government intervention to address the problem of vandalism of its cable infrastructure, as damage soars to $80M JMD, approximately US$700,000 for first half of the year.
Leading the call for greater support for the combined LIME and Columbus Communications operations, is Ronnie Thompson. He told the Jamaica Observer that since the resurgence of the scrap metal industry, the company has been experiencing frequent vandalism of its copper cables.
What's more, Thompson stated that if the Government does not step in immediately, the company could see triple-digit figures for theft this year, after surpassing last year's $80-million record in just six months. The criminals have also been stealing the company's batteries and fuel.
"When we lose $1 million, the loss multiplies because the nation is affected by the inability to communicate. The businesses, schools, hospitals and fire stations are affected, and that is a threat to people's lives," he said.
Caribbean Countries move Closer to Joint Management of Radio Frequencies
Countries of the Eastern Caribbean are working together to promote more efficient use of their wireless communications frequencies, also known as Spectrum, for greater social good. A new agreement, has been drafted to minimise cross-border interference between countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The new agreement will aid in the roll-out of regionwide 4G mobile broadband telecommunications networks.
The draft agreement was developed at a recent workshop on spectrum management, hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in Grenada last month.
The workshop, formed part of a harmonised caribbean spectrum planning and management project that aims to bring the spectrum policies of various Caribbean countries into closer synchronisation. Among the benefits of the closer collaboration are the adoption of common frequencies and international protocols for disaster management and emergency telecommunications.
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