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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending May 3rd, 2013

03 May

STUDY FINDS IT CAN HELP ECONOMIES IN CARIBBEAN—04/28/13
Nations in the Caribbean have been told that government buying of goods and services in the information technology sector (IT) offers a great potential for stimulating domestic economies. A study by the United Nations shows that while local IT companies make a contribution to higher productivity, employment and innovation rates, local businesses in developing countries are limited by low domestic demand,. The study, “Promoting Local IT Sector Development through Public Procurement,” makes the argument that public purchasing by government can raise demand for the IT products.

NEW DRONE AIRCRAFT TO BE USED IN CARIBBEAN—04/29/13
The United States Navy will use a new technology to aid in the fight against drug smugglers in the Caribbean. Two new devices will be put into action in the region. One is a large balloon-like craft called an aerostat that is tethered up to 2,000 above a ship’s stern. The other is a kind of drone that can be launched from a ship’s deck by hand. The two devices enhance the Navy and Coast Guard’s ability to monitor suspected drug smugglers from far away and for longer periods.

ANTIGUA COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY USES DATA CAPACITY FROM DIVINETWORKS—04/30/13
Antigua Computer Technology (ACT), the top IS in Antigua and Barbuda, has chosen DiViNetworks as a second provider for Internet connectivity. DiVi Networks operates DiViCloud, a global network, and allows Internet service providers around the world to get data capacity at a discount from market prices of 50%. DiViCloud uses a combination of patented technology and worldwide cloud-based infrastructure, which allows it to provide services at a fraction of traditional cost anywhere.

TORTOLA MINISTER URGES WOMEN IN CARIBBEAN TO BRIDGE DIGITAL DIVIDE—05/01/13
Mark Vanterpool, the Minister for Communications and Works in Tortola, wants women and girls in the Caribbean to bridge the digital gap. The Territory is celebrating International Girls in Information and Communication Technologies Day. This initiative is headed by the International Telecommunications Union with a goal of creating a global environment to empower and encourage young women to think about careers in the information and communications sector.

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