Paulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access

first_img By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access RelatedPaulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access Paulwell Looking to Improve Broadband Access TechnologyMarch 1, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is moving to expand broadband access to make it easier for Jamaicans, especially those in remote areas, to conduct business with government agencies.  Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said broadband technology “is going to be a major focus of mine” to ensure that every nook and cranny of Jamaica has access.  “An ordinary Jamaican can be able to deal with their government. You don’t have to be travelling from Westmoreland to Kingston anymore. You can pay your taxes, you can deal with most of the functions that we do in government,” he stated. He was speaking on February 28 at the launch of the book: ‘Can the Future be Discovered? – The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Developing Countries’, at the Oxford Road offices of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).  Minister Paulwell said the government is working to ensure “that there is no continuation of this massive divide in access,” noting that in order to become a part of the knowledge-based world, all citizens must have access to information and communication technology (ICT). The Minister, while noting developments in the ICT industry, said Jamaica must now look to the high end of the sector, such as software development, so that the “Government can now finally remove itself from paying out such hefty fees to Microsoft”.   He said learning institutions have a pivotal role to play in this process “to train our people. We need more engineers, scientists, specialists in software development.”          “We have been performing too long at the lower end of that ICT spectrum – (in terms of ) data entry, telemarketing …but we now have to exploit the infrastructure we have, to create wealth, we have to innovate,” he stressed. Stating that Jamaica has “fallen somewhat in our ICT ranking” in the region, the Minister pledged that within three years, the country will re-assume its position. “Through our policy implementation we’re going to re-assert Jamaica…as the leading destination in the Caribbean where we are going to be utilising ICTs to become a more efficient government,” he said. Minister Paulwell went on to congratulate the three authors of the book: noted scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe; sustainable development expert, Professor Anthony Clayton; and science and technology academic, Richard Kelly, for their “eye opening”, publication, which is “an addition to the growing body of indigenous publications that we have in Jamaica”. The book uses Jamaica as a model in examining the role science, technology and innovation can play in promoting sustainable development in developing countries. Advertisementslast_img read more

Mobile Mix: Huawei hit for six

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 MAY 2019 Powered by THEOplayer 2021.1.3Close Related ContentClose ShareThis week’s bumper episode is dominated by the company on everybody’s lips; Huawei. We kick off with a report from its sub-brand Honor’s smartphone unveiling, before heading to EE’s big 5G UK launch. Justin has coverage from Oppo’s Cricket World Cup kick-off and Steve is in Portugal for WeDo’s WeMeet Europe show. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Playing onSubtitlesLanguageSettingsQualityAutomatic Automatic HDSpeedNormalQualityAutomaticSpeed0.250.5Normal1.251.52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%PlayPlayMuteMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00LiveRemaining Time -0:00 Watch in VRWatch in VRdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionsSubtitlesSubtitlesUnavailable Related contentRelated contentShare VideoShare Video UnavailableUnavailable UnavailableLanguageLanguageSettingsHDSettingsFullscreenFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone Previous ArticleLas operadoras tienen que aceptar innovaciones en los servicios de itineranciaNext ArticleOperators urged to embrace roaming innovation Play Video HomeFeatured Content Mobile Mix: Huawei hit for sixlast_img read more