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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 3rd, 2014

03 Jan

DIGICEL ACQUIRES CARIBBEAN FIBER ASSETS—12/29/13
Digicel has worked with the Loret Group and Caribbean Fiber Holdings to acquire a submarine Fiber network in the Caribbean. The Middle Caribbean network, Southern Caribbean Fiber, Antilles Crossings, and other related assets will be acquired by Digicel from Global Caribbean Fiber. This gives Digicel a wholly owned submarine fiber optic network totaling some 2,100 km in the Caribbean.

JAMAICA HAS POOR BROADBAND PENETRATION—12/30/13
On both the regional and global levels, Jamaica has very poor broadband penetration for fixed Internet and mobile Internet access. A study has shown that Jamaica ranks 123 of 194 countries, and only 1.6 people per 100 in Jamaica have access to mobile broadband service. The world average is 22 people per 100. In Jamaican 4.1 people in 100 have access to fixed broadband, compared with 9.1, the global average.

LIMESTONE INDUSTRY COULD MEAN SUBSTANTIAL REVENUES FOR JAMAICA—12/31/13
According to Dr. Conrad Douglas, executive chairman of Conrad Douglas and Associates, the limestone industry could mean as much as US$7 billion per year for Jamaica.  Douglas believes there are considerable opportunities in limestone if the industry increases production and moves into value-added products. Limestone is used in the manufacture of paper, paint, rubber, glass, plastics, and adhesives, among other products.

WOODING WINS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD—01/03/14
Bevil Wooding, a technology expert based in the Caribbean, has won the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin American and Caribbean internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC). The award, established in 2009, is given to people in recognition of the significant contributions to the development of the Internet and the information society in the region. Wooding is an Internet Strategist and Caribbean outreach manager for the nonprofit Packet Clearing House and has led advocacy efforts designed to increase the number of Internet Exchange Points in the Caribbean.

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