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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 11th, 2013

11 Jan

CARIBBEAN-OWNED FIRM INTRODUCES AL 13 FOR IPHONES—01/06/12
A Caribbean-owned company based in Miami, Florida, designed by m, has announced the launch of its AL 13, which protects iPhones 4 and 5 without changing the way they look. Lester Mapp, design by m’s founder, says he has always respected the iPhone’s design and appearance and didn’t want to change its look. The AL 13 is made of aerospace aluminum, with a sleek finish that blends with iPhone design. It is lightweight and slides on and off the phones without a need for special tools.

CARIBBEAN CORAL PROTECTION GROUP LAUNCHED BY EPA—01/08/12
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the formation of an inter-agency attempt to protect the coral reefs off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group will include the EPA and other government agencies that will combine and coordinate efforts to save the coral reefs and ensure that all resources are wisely utilized. Coral reef environments in the Caribbean are being damaged by overfishing, runoff, pollution, diseases, and climate change.

LIME PLANS NETWORK UPGRADE, SAYS MANAGING DIRECTOR—01/09/12
LIME Jamaica, the telecommunications company, has put out US$12 million to strengthen its network so that it can handle 150,000 new subscribers. The company plans to introduce cable television, along with a successor to its 3G network, according to managing director Garfield Sinclair. LIME gained 150,000 new subscribers in the past three months and has taken this action in order to provide appropriate service to all customers.

LIME WANTS NUMBER PORTABILITY—01/10/12
LIME, the telecommunications firm, is hoping that nothing will stop local number portability (LNP), which is scheduled for introduction in 2013. LNP lets users of mobile phones switch their telephone service providers and keep the same number. Garry Sinclair, LIME Jamaica’s chief executive officer, says the technology requires a common platform for LIME and its competitors. Such a system has been implemented in the Cayman Islands already.

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