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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending May 17th, 2013

17 May

 

HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS PROGRESS IN CARIBBEAN REGION—05/11/13
Ballard Power Systems announced that over 270 of its fuel cell systems are used in 16 telecommunications networks in the Caribbean and Latin America. The ElectraGen systems are used for backup power at the networks. Hydrogen fuel cells have become increasingly popular as backup systems because they are more durable than other options. In the Caribbean, 138 ElectraGen systems are in use.

ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO CARIBBEAN TO BE ADDRESSED—05/13/13
The Caribbean Summit of Political and Business Leaders will address the environmental challenges facing the Caribbean region. State and corporate leaders will meet to launch Phase II of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CII). The goal of the Initiative is to protect 20 percent of the area’s marine and coastal resources by 2020. The Summit will be held May 17-18, 2013.

CWC, COLUMBUS NETWORKS IN JOINT BANDWIDTH VENTURE—05/14/13
A joint venture between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), based in the United Kingdtom, and Columbus Networks of the Caribbean will provide enhanced bandwidth capacity throughout the region. It will be known as CNL-CWC Networks, and with CWC Wholesale Solutions, a subsidiary of CWC, will offer specific operation and monitoring services to the company. The firms cited the demand for data capacity in the rapidly growing Caribbean region as a reason for their venture.

KINGSTOON ANIMATION CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN JUNE 2013—05/16/13
A two-day animation conference and festival event will be held in Kingston on June 20 and 21, 2013. The conference will bring together international leaders in the animation industry, Jamaican animation studios and professionals, and young Jamaicans interested in learning the art and technology of animation. It will also present opportunities in the industry for youth and showcase animation talent from Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.

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