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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending May 31st, 2013

31 May

LIME JAMAICA SEES GROWTH IN MOBILE ARENA—05/25/13
LIME Jamaica’s parent firm, Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) earned US$20 million from the local subsidiary as of March 2013. This is about 33 percent less in operating profit received from Jamaica in 2012. The decline was attributed to the period of revenue and subscriber increases and also due to the fact that Jamaican currency was losing value against hard currencies at the time. LIME Jamaica saw considerable mobile revenue growth totaling nine percent and a 16 percent increase in number of subscribers, however.

ST.LUCIA DIGITAL ECONOMY DEPENDS ON IXP—05/26/13
An Internet exchange point (IXP) in St. Lucia would go a long way toward facilitating the development of the nation’s digital economy. According to Bevil Wooding, Internet strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH), St. Lucia already has considerable human resource talent in its information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and it could enhance its development by locating IXPs on the island.

PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS EXPANDED IN CUBA—05/29/13
Cuba plans to expand its public Internet services on June 4, 2013, through approximately 118 cyber centers that will operate throughout the nation. Internet services will be provided in all commercial offices of the Cuban Telecommunications Company. The new facilities have Internet access, international email services under the “nauta.cu” domain, and rates set by a resolution issued by Cuba’s finance and price ministry. These centers join the other 200 cyber centers that already operate in Cuban hotels and post offices.

CARIBBEAN SUPPORTS PROTECTION FOR COASTAL, SEA RESOURCES—05/30/13
Government representatives and entrepreneurs of 15 nations in the Caribbean met on Necker Island and agreed to be the second stage of the “Caribbean Challenge.” The initiative is designed to protect 20 percent of the coastlines and marine resources in the Caribbean region by 2020. Meeting participants pledged $64 million to protect these environments and to facilitate a transition to renewable sources of energy.

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