PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Why are we not further along in our path to digitally transform the region?” was the question posed by Liberty Latin America’s (LLA) Chief Legal Officer, John Winter, to a packed audience that included Caribbean Government Ministers and Telecommunications policymakers and operators at the Opening Ceremony of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) 30th Anniversary celebration on Monday, April 29th.
Winter outlined that LLA, the parent company of C&W Communications which operates the Flow brand, is moving the region forward with “digital enhancements that include updating our self-care MyFlow app, the addition of virtual assistants to our websites and enabling user interface prompts for our automated call center.” In closing, he congratulated the CTU on their milestone and urged governments “to create a level playing field where incumbents and new entrants can operate side by side and can offer the best digital products and services for their citizens.”
As part of the three-day conference held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Port of Spain, the CTU presented “Caribbean FutureScape,” a real-time experience of what a digitally transformed Caribbean could look like. Participants were immersed in a simulation of a confederation of 5 Caribbean countries whose governments collaborated and cooperated to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the social and economic development of their countries.
Vivek Khemka, Chief Technology and Product Officer, LLA, presented on Day Two as one of five Lightning presentations on disruptive digital technology and how voice technology and virtual assistants can enable the unconnected to participate in the digitally transformed Caribbean. Voice assistants will provide a simpler interaction paradigm that allows users to access the internet without the need of special digital training. In closing he invited public private partnerships to enable high speed infrastructure, simpler rules across the region and incentives to enable citizens to use a “hands-free” interface and connect to the internet to enhance their lives.
On Day Three, speaking as part of a Panel on the topic of “Embracing the Cloud,” geared towards Governments and large enterprises, Flow Barbados’ Country Manager and Head of C&W Business, Southern Caribbean, Jenson Sylvester answered the often-asked question, “what is cloud computing”? He gave the audience a brief but simple explanation on the benefits of utilizing cloud technology, including the value and economies of scale that accrue to users of cloud services.
C&W Business also hosted a booth at the conference where it showcased solutions and services as the company supports the transition toward a digitally transformed experience for business customers.
About C&W Communications
C&W, part of the Liberty Latin America group of companies, is a full-service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in more than 20 countries. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers.
C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fibre network – the most extensive in the region.
About Liberty Latin America
Liberty Latin America is a leading telecommunications company operating in over 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC, UTS and Cabletica. The communications and entertainment services that we offer to our residential and business customers in the region include digital video, broadband internet, telephony and mobile services. Our business products and services include enterprise-grade connectivity, data center, hosting and managed solutions, as well as information technology solutions with customers ranging from small and medium enterprises to international companies and governmental agencies. In addition, Liberty Latin America operates a subsea and terrestrial fiber optic cable network that connects over 40 markets in the region.
Liberty Latin America has three separate classes of common shares, which are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbols "LILA" (Class A) and "LILAK" (Class C), and on the OTC link under the symbol "LILAB" (Class B). For more information, please visit www.lla.com.
About Caribbean Telecommunications Union
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the development of the Caribbean information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. The CTU also promotes coordination of ICT at the regional level, identifies and removes roadblocks to ICT development, keeps track of industry progress and responds to the needs of the ICT sector, all with the aim of creating a cohesive regional approach to an ICT agenda which embraces the needs of all stakeholders. The CTU is committed to ICT development that reaches the citizens of the region, creating affordable access to ICT and helping citizens to use ICT effectively to transform their lives.