June 7th,  2017
Vol 9

From left: M. Sutherland,T. Wankin, R. Cameron, J. Wilkins and M. Chinea.
CANTO and Huawei  Stakeholder Invitational in Panama

C ANTO and Huawei Technologies Panama co-hosted the CANTO Stakeholder Invitational in Panama on May 12th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megalopolis. The event was held on the heels of the 134th Board of Directors' meeting.

The CANTO Stakeholder Invitational addressed Operators, Regulators and persons in the ICT sector at a media conference and brunch. The Invitational focused on the association, its activities in Latin America and the Caribbean; Huawei headline sponsorship plus opportunities for partnerships. Read More

Belize Captures First Place in CANTO's Video Competition


Jo-Elisa Clarke Belize
Jada Biggs - Jamaica
Belize is no stranger to the CANTO WTISD competition as the country boasts of four (4) first place winners since the inception of the competition. The proud winner of the 11th annual WTISD Video Competition is 18 year old Jo-Elisa Clarke who hails from Calcutta Village, Belize.
The winning video demonstrated ways of promoting and disseminating information to customers using technology. She used a water company to demonstrate how technology can develop a small business which could impact the entire country of Belize.  


Strengthening Cooperation Between Telecommunications Operators and National Disaster Offices in Caribbean Countries - ECLAC  

I n Caribbean countries, modern telecommunications infrastructure is vulnerable to an array of natural disasters, as exemplified by the impacts of Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica, Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, and Hurricane Earl in Belize. At the same time, telecommunications service -especially mobile telephony and data services- can provide invaluable support to disaster management efforts by facilitating communication, coordination, and intelligence collection during emergency situations. Thus, as a matter of public safety, ensuring the resilience of telecommunications infrastructure in the face of natural hazards is of national importance.  One way this resilience can be enhanced is by strengthening the relationship between operators of telecommunications services and national disaster offices. This paper suggests numerous areas for engagement between these entities and recommends the development of more formalized frameworks for mutual support. Among other issues, it considers needs for improvements to information sharing practices, collaboration on public early warning systems, and the inclusion of telecommunications operators in disaster drilling exercises. Read Full Report
C&W Communications Announces Caribbean Appointments

C&W Communications is  pleased to announce that Jenson Sylvester, Stephen Price and Ian Serrao have been appointed to the role of Managing Director for Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad respectively. They are seasoned telecommunications executives with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their credit. Read More    

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GSMA Capacity Building Offers Free Online Training Courses

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CANTO, Bmobile and UTT Host North Eastern Secondary Schools ICT Expo

Students with key speakers and Hon. Maxi Cuffie (center)

C ANTO in collaboration with the Hon. Maxie Cuffie, MP La Horqueatta/ Talpora, partnered with Bmobile and the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) to host the North Eastern Secondary Schools ICT Expo on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the UTT, O'Meara Campus.
The event, which was the brainchild of Minister Cuffie and CANTO's Secretary General Teresa Wankin, was held under the theme "Demonstrating ICTs as a Viable Career Choice!".  It was created to expose secondary school students from the North Eastern region to the myriad of career choices in ICTs. Read More

TelEm Group New CEO Kendall Dupersoy Takes Office

Kendall Dupersoy (Center)
Pond Island -TelEm Group's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, officially took office in the company's main building on Pond Island Wednesday morning, where he was greeted by a welcoming party of Supervisory Board and Management Board members.

Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Mr. Paul Marshall, delivered the official introductory remarks followed by a short response by the new CEO, who was also welcomed in by board member, Mr. Stephen Constance, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Mr. Brian Mingo and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Mr. Eldert Louisa. Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mrs. Helma Etnel, who was away on business Wednesday, sent a personal message of welcome to Mr. Dupersoy in her absence.

Mr. Marshall said a closed door introductory meeting was held with Mr. Dupersoy during which pledges were made for good working relations, especially in support of the new CEO's vision for the company going forward. Read More

Teresa Wankin -  Secretary General, CANTO
Secretary General to Chair Panel on Enterprise and Cloud Services at Mexico Connect 2017

Teresa Wankin, Secretary General of CANTO will chair the panel on Redefining the Future of Carrier Services in Mexico: Shifting Focus to Enterprise and Cloud Services at Mexico Connect 2017.

Mexico Connect 2017 is a networking platform  for senior executives from the Mexican and international telecoms community. The two-day agenda will feature 20+ industry leading speakers delivering the latest investment opportunities within the region. 

Mexico Connect 2017 will take place on 20 & 21 June, 2017 in Mexico City at the Marriott Reforma,  Mexico.

Miiddle Reaffirms its Commitment to LATAM and the Caribbean and Confirms its Participation in CANTO 2017

miiddleâ„¢ comes to the region to revolutionize the mobile carrier industry, with a service that has a positive impact on business and creates a better experience between the operator and its users. That's why miiddle is joining one of the most important Associations in the Caribbean and the Americas - CANTO.
"CANTO is one of the most respected organizations in the region. Becoming a member and being part of such an exciting event shows our commitment and belief in bringing new opportunities and growth technologies for Latin America and the Caribbean. We firmly believe that our solution can help mobile carriers and their users, so we are excited in continuing to present miiddle to the region"  said Lance Ware, CEO of miiddle. Read More