Regional updates: Caribbean

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What were the main digital policy regional updates in the Caribbean? This space brings you the main updates month by month, summarised by the observatory's curators.

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July 2019

Curated by Wanda M. Pérez

Jamaica welcomes WiPay
5 Jul 2019 |  Economic - other issues, E-commerce, E-Money and virtual currencies

Jamaica is the third island in the Caribbean to embrace WiPay, a technology solutions company that simplifies e-commerce for micro, small, medium, and large enterprises.

WiPay Jamaica Ltd., a subsidiary of WiPay Caribbean Ltd., is to provide software services to regulated financial institutions.

WiPay’s online payment gateway offers a payment solution for businesses that want to sell their products and services online. It is a payment gateway that enables businesses to accept credit cards, bank accounts, and cash online.

Flow introduces public wi-fi
18 Jul 2019 |  Telecommunications infrastructure

Flow wi-fi is a free wireless network available to all Flow residential broadband customers that allows them to stay connected on-the-go in neighbourhoods across the country. The service was introduced in Trinidad & Tobago.

The service will provide 200MB of data every 24 hours, with download speeds of up to 10Mbps and upload speeds of 3Mbps.

Blockmason’s Link and CryptoChicks team up
26 Aug 2019 |  Blockchain, Capacity development

Blockmason, a leading developer of foundational, base-layer blockchain technologies, and CryptoChicks, an international educational hub, partnered to collaborate on blockchain technology advancement and adoption.

Link, developed by Blockmason, is the first managed, decentralised, functions-as-a-service (FaaS) platform, pushing the envelope of interoperability by creating a conventional web application programming interface (APIs) for developers interacting with networks such as programmable blockchains.

The goal of Link is to empower developers to focus on more creative and innovative projects and help get them to market rapidly. Link brings an entirely new population of prospective users and clients to the growing world of decentralised applications by eliminating the need for cryptocurrencies to acquire, browser plugins to install, or servers to maintain or monitor.

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