The French telecoms company Orange is to build a 1,900km subsea cable connecting French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe as part of an investment programme that will also see the company expand its fibre and 4G plan. The plan was announced by Stéphane Richard, Orange’s CEO, during a trip to French Guiana, the territory on the South American mainland that is legally part of France.
"Today, French Guiana is one of the regions with the most dynamic demographics
in France," said Richard. "It is to accompany the growth of traffic that Orange will invest €35 million to deploy a new submarine cable between Kourou in Guyana, Martinique and Guadeloupe." Kourou is the site of Arianespace’s space port from which many communications satellites have been launched.
The new subsea cable, due to be in service by the second half of next year, will also interconnect with the East Caribbean Fibre System (ECFS) to give French Guiana a direct link to the American continent. French Guiana is also connected to the Suriname-Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS).
This additional EFCS connection will make it possible to secure more traffic to and from the US, which represents more than 80% of the volume, said Richard in Cayenne.
Nevis To Hold Its First ICT Week Of Activities
The Department of Technology in the Nevis Island Administration will host its first ICT Week of Activities at venues across the island beginning Saturday 11th February. The theme of the week is “An Introduction to ICT for Positive Social Economic Development”, we spoke with Director of Technology Mr. Quincy Prentice to learn more.
We asked how the department planned to set about achieving the goal of the week’s theme, and why now?
Prentice said that this was a long term objective, “We won’t fully achieve the goal in a week, but we are hoping to start to bridge the gap in a number of areas. For instance bridging the gaps in the knowledge base of users or consumers of various ICT products and services and also in the bridging gaps in the knowledge base of providers of those ICT based goods and services.”
He continued, “The overall idea is that ICT has been out there for a while and persons are using ICTs on a day to day basis without truly understanding how it works or knowing how fully utilise or to maximise the use of it. So we’re hoping provide some of that knowledge that would assist persons enhancing their use of ICT for their own benefit and that would then redound to improving our social and economic development.” Prentice stated.
We asked who the activities were targeted at and how they were going to be reached.
“Our target would be a wide range of civil society, including school children and youths. We have two talks planned at the two high schools, Gingerland Secondary School and Charlestown Secondary School. We are particularly encouraging students following any of the ICT related programmes whether it be, Computer Science, Information Technology or EDPM to come to those session or persons who might not be enrolled to hear what we have to say as it pertains to ICT as a career.” Prentice explained.
He also indicated that they have prepared content particularly for the youth, “We have sessions on cyber-bullying and cyber-security, those are issues we want to improve their level of awareness on so that hopefully it would improve their use and the way they use ICTs”
We will carry more of our interview with the NIA’s Director of Technology and their ICT Week of activities however, you can visit ictweek.niagov.com to access the full schedule of events in subsequent broadcasts.
Dominica Exploring Use Of GIS In Monitoring and Managing Diseases
Dominica is exploring the feasibility of developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) in monitoring and managing the black sigatoka disease. This is being done through a two day workshop organized by the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute, (CARDI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Black sigatoka disease has been identified as one of the major constraints to banana and plantain production in the Caribbean. Since the disease was confirmed in Dominica in 2011, the disease has significantly impacted the island’s banana and plantain production as well as cost the country millions in managing it.
The use of Geographical information systems (GIS) is growing in importance as a decision making tool for the agricultural sector as they provide valuable information that can be used to cost effectively and efficiently monitor, predict and manage the spread of agricultural pests and diseases.
The use of geographical information system tools is being considered as part of the suite of options in the development of an integrated management plan for black sigatoka disease.
The workshop, formed part of CARDI and CBD’s project at developing an integrated disease management program for Black Sigatoka in Dominica, Guyana, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.