Faced with falling viewer numbers for their children's TV offering, the BBC has upped the ante in the battle against online streaming services such as Netflix and others. Like the North Korean's the BBC chose American Independence Day to fire their opening salvo.
The BBC announced that they were committing an additional £34M over the next 3 years in developing online children's content. Providing clear confirmation of the adage that Content is King, the BBC is increasing their children's programming budget from £110M per year to more than £124M a year for the next 3 years.
BBC Director General Lord Hall, described the "biggest investment in children's services for a generation", as the BBC's response to the way children are consuming content. The Director General went further, stating, "Investment in British content - particularly for the young - is vital, unless we want more of our culture shaped and defined by the rise of West Coast American companies."
Nevis Director of Technology Looking Forward To CANTO 2017
With just over a week to go before the regions telecommunications elite meet in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for CANTO's AGM and Conference CANTO 2017, we spoke to Mr. Quincy Prentice, Director of Technology with the Nevis Island Administration, to hear what he expects to gain from the Conference.
Prentice explained, "Well this will be my first time attending the conference and it's something that I've always wanted to attend. It's probably the single largest ICT related conference in the region. I'm actually attending as part of the ECTEL contingent but of course a conference of this nature not only applies to my role in ECTEL, it also applies to my role with the Nevis Island Administration, so it's sort of killing two birds with one stone. To answer your question I'm looking to get out of it there are lots of very interesting sessions, there are sessions on cybersecurity the Internet of Things, also there are the ministerial sessions, I look forward to those, I think it gives us the opportunity to interact with the respective ministers with responsibility for ICT throughout the region and we have the ability network with them to get an idea as to what their goals are, and what they're looking to achieve from a relatively high level without you knowing the fine details. But it's always good to get an idea of what the political directorate is looking to achieve and then we can use that to guide and frame our policies as we go along. So I'm really looking forward to one the technical aspects like cybersecurity but also the networking, the ability to network with different players from around the region and get an idea as to what's going on in the various territories."
The Caribbean Association of Network and Telecommunications Operators – CANTO Conference takes place from 16th to 19th July.
Cloud Carib Extends Reach By Opening New Data Centers Across The Caribbean and Latin America
Cloud Carib Limited is extending its reach across the Caribbean and Latin America, bringing several new data centers to the region. Cloud Carib is the premiere managed cloud service provider in the Caribbean. The organization has data centers located on the islands of Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas and is launching a newly rebuilt CaribPod data center in Panama. The company has announced service extensions into Barbados and Jamaica and additional regional sites planned in Trinidad, Cayman, and other locations before the end of 2017.
"Our strategic expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to clients that we're delivering best in-class services directly to them and allowing our clients to choose a location that best suits their needs. We're helping clients design a solution for them, not providing cookie cutter solutions and forcing them to work within those constraints -- Cloud Carib is dedicated to service excellence for our clients," said Scott MacKenzie, Chief Commercial Officer at Cloud Carib.
Cloud Carib's data centers are serviced 24/7 by their own Command and Control Centre to provide clients around the clock support and monitoring. All Cloud Carib data centers are operated in alignment of international standards with service supported by the Cloud Carib Service Management Framework.