Caribbean Network Operators Group ( #CaribNOG ) 13th meeting from April 18 to 19 2017 – how to view and participate remotely

The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) will be hosting its thirteenth regional gathering, CaribNOG 13 in Bridgetown, Barbados at the 5th Floor Conference Room, Baobab Towers, Warrens, St. Michael on Apr 18th-19th 2017.

CaribNOG is a not-for-profit, independent, technical community that providing an important regional forum for building technical capacity, sharing industry experiences and promoting relevant solutions for advancing network engineering in the Caribbean. CaribNOG has built a reputation as an influential forum where computer network technicians and technology professionals share knowledge and experiences and participate in expert-led, high-tech training and hands-on technical workshops.

A key objective of CaribNOG is to better position the Caribbean to address critical technology challenges and issues and to collaboratively derive relevant solutions.

You can watch and participate at the sessions at CaribNOG 13 remotely. Here are the relevant links:

 

Security updates available for Adobe Reader & Acrobat for Windows, Mac ; Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac & Linux (April 11 2017)

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Acrobat

According to Adobe’s security bulletin dated April 11 2017

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system…Adobe recommends users update their software installations to the latest versions.”

Adobe Reader is widely used to view PDFs whereas Acrobat is used to create PDFs.

Read the Adobe Security Bulletin at https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb17-11.html to learn how to update Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.

Adobe Flash Player

According to the Adobe security bulletin dated April 11 2017 :

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

Many conferencing solutions (like Adobe Connect) and Flash games use the Flash plugin. So if you have Adobe Flash installed, UPDATE ASAP!

However, consider uninstalling Flash if you’re not using it. If you were only using Adobe Flash to watch YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for playing videos in Google Chrome, IE 11, Apple Safari 8 and Mozilla Firefox. So you can uninstall Adobe Flash if you are using these browsers (and not worry about keeping Adobe Flash up to date).

The latest update bumps the latest version of Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS, Linux  and Mac OS X to version 25.0.0.148

To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit
http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

Windows users should take note that

  • the Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer v9 and earlier versions of Internet Explorer,
  • the Flash player in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
  • the Flash player in web browsers in Chromium and Opera.

are separate installs. You should install and update versions of Adobe Flash for ALL three browser variations if you have all three browsers installed.

Several browsers such as

  • Google Chrome for Windows, Mac OS and Linux
  • Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows
  • Microsoft Edge for Windows 10

has Adobe Flash built-in and users should update their browsers to update the Flash version in these browsers.

South School on Internet Governance 2017 from April 3-7 – how to watch online #SSIG2017

(Update April 5 : added SSIG2017 April 5 YouTube Livestream)
(Update April 4 : added SSIG2017 April 4 YouTube Livestream )

The 9th annual South School of Internet Governance (SSIG) is taking place from April 3 to April 7, 2017 in Brazil.

The SSIG’s mission is to

  • Increase the number of representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean region in the international Internet Governance debate spaces.
  • Motivate the new regional leaders of opinion to becoming active participants in Internet Governance meetings and activities, where the future of the Internet is shaped.
  • Make them the future leaders on Internet Governance in their countries and regions.

As such, various topics related to Internet Governance will be presented.

The SSIG 2017 Agenda show the times of the various sessions local to Brazil. Brazil is one hour ahead of Trinidad and Tobago so subtract 1 hour from the SSIG 2017 agenda to get the time in Trinidad and Tobago of the various SSIG2017 sessions.

Fortunately, the SSIG 2017 is being livestreamed on YouTube in various languages. You can watch the SSIG2017 English livestream on YouTube.

Telecom Authority of Trinidad & Tobago CEO expects revenues >$30 million US a year from equitable spectrum licensing of 700Mhz band to 3 providers for 4G/LTE services

TATT CEO, Dr. John Prince speaking on CNC3 Money Matters, March 9 2017

On CNC3 Money Matters, Anthony Wilson interviewed the CEO of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), Dr. John Prince.

Here’s a summary of what was said by the TATT CEO:

  • Prior to his becoming CEO in December 2016, there was arrangement of having a third new provider and Digicel having access to the 700Mhz Spectrum, which is very important for 4G/LTE services.
  • However, Dr. John Prince holds strong views and now the TATT Board holds the same view, that if we have three providers, we can’t give access to the 700Mhz Spectrum to two providers only, and leave “the only company out that belongs to the people of Trinidad and Tobago” (TSTT)
  • There are 45MHz available in the 700Mhz band, and the best and fairest means to make sure equanimity in the telecommunications environment is to give
    each provider 15Mhz each so that all three providers can do 4G/LTE on an equitable basis.
  • In response to a question from the host Anthony Wilson about how TSTT is rolling out 4G/LTE, Dr John Prince said that TSTT is rolling it out in the spectrum they have (850Mhz and 1900Mhz), but the lower spectrum (the 700Mhz band) is better, less cell sites are needed for coverage due to the longer attenuation from the 700Mhz band compared to the shorter attenuation from the higher bands.
  •  Would TSTT have a first mover advantage? No, not really due to the coverage issue.
  • How soon would you make an award of spectrum? TSTT has some activities (probably TV) in the 700Mhz band – as soon as we get that migration plan, and the expertise coming in here, we can begin to award spectrum in the 700Mhz band to providers.
  • Is the regulator selling the spectrum? We rent or license the spectrum for a certain period of time, because “the spectrum is owned by the people of Trinidad and Tobago, like oil…we can’t give you..we have to make sure that we earn revenue to go into the coffers of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”
  • How much revenue from licensing spectrum? $30 million US a year
  • Has Digicel communicated with you in terms of how many persons it intends to lay off in Trinidad and Tobago? Prince said John Delves, Digicel CEO of Trinidad and Tobago, did want to meet with him before he went to Barcelona, but that didn’t happen. He hoped that John will still be willing to meet with him because “the word “retrenchment” is not an economic savvy word”. He wants to ask John Delves “Is Digicel making money in Trinidad and Tobago? Now if you are making money in Trinidad and Tobago, what is the purpose..the use of retrenchment? Who is it benefiting? You are here…Digicel came here and they got everything…we made the playing field level…Anthony, you were there up and down with us when we were looking at interconnection and all these sort of things. We did…this Authority bent backwards to help Digicel become a player in this market and I think it would be an injustice to the telecommunications authority of Trinidad and Tobago for Digicel to retrench 25…15%..10% whatever people without having proper dialogue with the telecommunications authority of Trinidad and Tobago

You can watch the 8 minute interview with TATT’s CEO on CNC3’s website.

 

Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society lime on Wednesday February 22 2017 from 7 to 9pm ; please RSVP!

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://cs.tt) will be having a lime on Wednesday February 22 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at Wendy’s Cafe located upstairs at Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Ana Street & Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

Come join as we eat and chat about various ICT topics including:

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend, however please RSVP to info@ttcsweb.org as space is limited.

Please note that for this meeting, you will be able to purchase food directly from Wendy’s at your own expense. The minimum contribution to TTCS for this meeting is $20.