HAITI LAUNCHES ITS FIRST ONLINE EDUCATION PLATFORM

The launch of the first educational online platform to be developed in Haiti took place on Wednesday at the Hotel Montana, in the presence of the French Ambassador to Haiti, Elisabeth Béton Délègue.

The online teaching platform known as THESS (Hybrid Technology for Education, Science and Knowledge), was developed by the "École Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti" (ESIH), and is open to all member universities of the Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Universities of Haiti (CORPUHA). Its objective is to increase youth employment capacity by facilitating access to university education.

Learners, whether students or professionals, can follow their education online through a "student kit" that includes a tablet computer, an internet connection and a subscription to the digital library Cyberlibris.

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GRENADA’S NEW RULING ON DRONES 

The Grenadan government on Tuesday warned drone users that they must first obtain permission from the police before allowing the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)into the air.

“Cabinet has decided that persons who wish to operate a UAV should apply to the police stating the reason,” Planning Minister Oliver Joseph told reporters.

He explained that at present Grenada has no policy with regards to the operations of drones and is collaborating with the Antigua-based Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) to develop a policy for the use of drones.

Minister Joseph said that in the absence of an official policy the police will decide who receives permission for using drones in Grenada’s airspace. The Minister did not provide a reason for Cabinet’s decision.

Barbados recently announced a ban on using drones in its airspace until legislation and or a policy is enacted and enforced.

Joseph said that Grenada will not adopt the measure to totally ban the use of drones but instead has decided to let users apply to the police for permission.

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BARBADOS FAIR TRADING COMMISSION LIMITS FLOW

Telecommunications company Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited (C&W), trading as FLOW, will not be able to increase prices on non-competitive services above three per cent for the next three years under the new Price Cap Plan 2016, imposed by the Bajan Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC).

The FTC announced its decision on a new Price Cap Plan 2016 for all customers of C&W, including those acquired as part of the acquisition of Columbus Telecommunications.

The FTC said in a statement that effective April 1st, 2016, the overall price increase on non-competitive services would be below or equal to the level of inflation, or three per cent per year, if inflation exceeds three per cent during that year.

According to the FTC, competitive services include “all regulated services for which the level of competition is deemed to be sufficient to prevent excessive pricing by the company”.

The regulatory body added that given the importance of residential services to customers, “a sub-cap with similar conditions to those imposed for the non-competitive services has also been placed on fixed-line services.

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ST. MAARTEN REGULATOR TO MONITOR QUALITY OF SERVICE OF TELECOM OPERATORS

The Bureau of Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten purchased advanced measurement probes to effectively measure the quality of 

Telecommunications services provided by St. Maarten’s Telecommunications Operators.

The equipment has extensive control capabilities that will allow the regulator to collect valuable data on mobile- and fixed telecom networks, to determine the actual performance of the network from the consumer’s perspective. Parameters such as network availability, coverage area, connectivity, throughput, download- and uploads speeds can now be measured with military precision, and a tailor made software solution will be used to store and analyze data.

Director of BTP, Mr. Antony Carty stated; “The policy on Quality of Service/Experience was approved back in 2015. I’m now very pleased to have equipment in place that can measure throughput in accordance with the QoS/Quality of Experience (QoE) policy. It will give us a clear overview of the actual performance of St. Maarten Service Providers, and we can hold them accountable for the level of service delivered. 

By effectively measuring the QoS of the local networks, we also want to make ongoing efforts to assist providers in improving their services. All our findings will be shared with the service providers and they will then be given 6 months to make the necessary amendments to their networks, in order to be in compliance with the QoS/QoE values as outlined in the Quality of Service Standards document that was approved by the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications.

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