On 21 July 2020, the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC), announced that the policy allowing IPv4 transfers outside the region - without the need for a merger or acquisition among the companies involved - was now active.
This policy implementation represents a major technological challenge as it requires the integration of approximately 11 different systems with multiple connections between the different Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).
This new service allows organisations to offer and receive IPv4 addresses from other registries with reciprocal policies.
The Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) had a virtual launch of their mentorship programme and online community on 13 June. Jamaican students are the first to experience the advantages offered by this programme, starting in July.
The CSOD aims to expand the mentor-mentee relationship to include other Caribbean countries in the near future.
Current mentor and community volunteers are business, marketing, and technology professionals in the region and the wider diaspora.
The World Bank has approved a regional Caribbean Digital Transformation Project to build an inclusive digital economy worth a total of US$94 million for four Eastern Caribbean countries: Dominica (US$28 million), Grenada (US$8 million), St. Lucia (US$20 million), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (US$30 million), and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission (US$8 million).
It aims to increase access to digital services, technologies, and skills by governments, businesses, and individuals, emphasising Internet penetration and access to digital financial and public services.
The project also aims to support reforms and regional harmonisation of the legal and regulatory environment to promote investment in digital infrastructure, while addressing the risks related to cybersecurity and data protection.