Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Capacity Caribbean 2014 to take place in the Dominican Republic

Capacity Media has selected the Dominican Republic as the host island for the eighth edition of Capacity Caribbean 2014, a C-level event for the Caribbean telecommunications community. Taking place on February 4-5, 2014 in Santo Domingo, the event aims to serve as a meeting place for telecom ministers, regulatory bodies and local and international executives, providing a platform for the industry to discuss critical challenges, opportunities and mechanisms for encouraging development and growth.

High-profile speakers this year include Paul Scott, President of Columbus Networks who will deliver the opening keynote and address the company's recent acquisitions and strategy for the future. He will be followed by leading regulatory figures including Jean-Marie Guillaume, Director General of Conatel Haiti, Chris Seecheran, CEO of TATT and Spencer Thomas, Chairman of NTRC Grenada who will unite for a regulatory roundtable aimed at discussing strategies to align regulatory policy with accelerated regional development. José Casillas, General Manager for PREPA Networks, will participate as speaker in a panel on "developing a competitive service portfolio to increase profitability." 

The Dominican Republic is becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean and Latin America, reaping the rewards of policies facilitating more open trade and experiencing great levels of international investment. Within its dynamic and developing economy, the Dominican telecom industry is thriving and becoming one of the best-served telecommunications platforms in the Caribbean.


Among numerous industry investments currently in the spotlight: the World Bank is supporting the roll-out of a national fiber-optic network and European private-equity firm Altice Group is finalizing its acquisition of Orange Dominicana and Tricom Group, reflecting the growing interest in this market.


Discussing the event's move to Santo Domingo, Rhian Collinson, Head of Conferences at Capacity Media commented, "in the last few years there have been significant developments in the Dominican telecoms market gaining international attention and making it an exciting time for the island to host the biggest regional event for the wholesale telecoms industry. The objective of this year's event is to expand its audience from Spanish speaking Caribbean and Latin America in order to reflect the entirety of the region and provide an event that can actively contribute to the development of wholesale telecoms."


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