Top up Mobile Phone (in Trinidad) with Scotia Online

Top up Mobile Phone (in Trinidad) with Scotia Online

Shock and happiness is how I would describe how I felt when I saw that in this morning’s papers that I could top up my mobile using Scotia Online (and ATM). I have been asking for this for years now. This is the earliest tweet I could dig up

.@ScotiabankTT it would be so nice to be able to top-up my mobile from online banking.

@tech_tt Hi Hassan. We appreciate your feedback and will ensure it’s forwarded to the relevant unit for future consideration. Thanks , ^VM

Once logged in to your Scotia online you will see a top up mobile box in the upper right. Select amount and other things on the next screen. Provide your transaction access code and that’s it. According to my mom, “technology sweet”.

You do get the following message in online banking

Important Information:
Please note if you don’t see your airtime available in your mobile device, you will need to contact the Scotiabank contact center to start an inquiry regarding this transaction.

Once top up is finished you will see like this

Account activity notifications.

Success! Your Mobile Top Up to One time top up 3408244 has been completed on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 08:23:44 AM AST. Please keep reference #: 99999999 for your records.

On your mobile you should get a text message like this

Your account has been credited $ 30. Your current balance is $ 42.81, valid until 04/07/2017. Ref: 99999999.

Currently only available for Digicel top ups. Next things I would like to see is account activity notifications via email or text or mobile app, two factor authentication and transfer from PayPal directly to account. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Q and A with CARICOM on Single ICT Space

Q and A with CARICOM on Single ICT Space

What is the Single ICT Space?

Heads of Government gave a mandate in March 2014 at the 25th Intercessional meeting to develop a Single ICT Space as a component to building the Digital Economy.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space is an ecosystem of regionally harmonised ICT policies, legislation, regulations, technical standards, best practices, networks and services.

It is envisioned as

an ICT-enabled borderless space that fosters economic, social and cultural integration for the betterment of Caribbean citizens.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space will promote investment, create digital citizens, safeguard against cyber security threats and advance the CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space will foster the digital environment which will be used to support and further the development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The CARICOM Single ICT Space is characterised by:

  • Regionally harmonised ICT policy, legal and regulatory regimes;
  • Robust national and regional broadband infrastructure;
  • Common frameworks for Governments, ICT service providers and consumers; and
  • Effective, secure technology and management systems.

What are the Benefits?

Some of the benefits of the CARICOM Single ICT Space include:

  • Enhancing the national and regional markets and the environment for investment
  • Entrepreneur development, innovation and advancement
  • Ubiquity and consistency of ICT services across CARICOM at affordable prices to citizens
  • Equitable, affordable access to broadband information and communication technologies, which are secure, ubiquitous and reliable; and which facilitate rapid acquisition, processing and dissemination of information
  • Facilitating collaboration and sharing of resources
  • Enhancing regional trade, innovation, competitiveness and citizen welfare
  • Providing digital support for the CSME and support for the realisation of the CARICOM digital economy;
  • Harmonised Policy, Legal and Regulatory framework

What are some of the Challenges in getting this done?

  • How to leverage ICT, to assure the development of CARICOM, and to clearly articulate its role in the region
  • How to foster a more dynamic and competitive business environment that encourages services firms to enhance productivity, offer new services and create new employment
  • Financial resources to implement various activities

Does something similar exist anywhere else in the world?

Germany and Austria have worked aspects of a Single ICT Space.

When is the expected launch date?

There is no specific launch date for the Single ICT Space. The integrated work plan for the Single ICT Space will be presented to Heads of Government in July 2017 for their approval. It is expected to be a five year plan.

It is important to note that some of the work that is required for the Space have already been started or completed in some member states.

How can persons make suggestions for consideration?

Persons can send their suggestions to ict4dstaff@caricom.org

Where can persons get more information?

More information can be sourced on the CARICOM website (caricom.org).

Q and A with Oracle Caribbean Office

Does Oracle have an office in Trinidad?

We are committed to the country success and we work very closely with our partners to deliver the best technology options to the country.

Although Oracle does not have an office in Trinidad & Tobago, our specialized partner community in the island is our greatest asset. They are an integral part of Oracle’s success in the country, you can find our entire ecosystem in our Web site oracle.com/partners/index.html

How can persons contact Oracle Caribbean?

Persons interested in our solutions can contact the Caribbean office located in Puerto Rico or through our partners in Trinidad & Tobago. For more information, we invite you to visit our web site oracle.com/pr/index.html for details and follow our social networks to stay tuned! (Twitter: @OracleCarib, Facebook and LinkedIN: Oracle Latin America)

Is there an Oracle Users Group for the Caribbean?

There are two Oracle User Groups for the Caribbean and both are located in Trinidad & Tobago. The Oracle Applications Caribbean User Group (OACUG) which its core theme is Oracle’s applications; and the Caribbean Oracle User Group (COUG) which concentrates in technology solutions.

Any statistics for the Caribbean that you can share

Oracle Corporation is a public company as a result we have restrictions to share any statistics. We invite you to visit oracle.com/index.html where you can find and share interesting information about our company and our solutions.

Is there a partner listing for Trinidad and the Caribbean?

You can visit the following link to find all registered Oracle partners: solutions.oracle.com/scwar/scr/Partners/index.html. Please go to to Location → Latin America → Trinidad & Tobago

What key features are coming to Oracle in the future?

Oracle is a dynamic company, we are moving forward the technology to give benefits for our customers. The cloud is part of the present and will be the future for companies. In 2020, most of the data of the companies will be held on the cloud, this will be the safest environment on IT and 80% of the workloads will run on the cloud.

Users need their data to be available at any time and in every place, so that is one of the reasons why this is becoming so big for tech process. Oracle is ahead with this, we are running strategies focused on what the users need, created to solve their everyday work and also to make their lives easier.

Also, we at Oracle listen constantly to the users, we work very close to them to understand how we can transform their business, give those solutions that provide them with the latest technology, so they can be more agile.

Why choose Oracle?

Oracle is the only provider that has an end to end solution, with its applications available at a local datacenter or in the cloud, easy to migrate and proven by thousands of customers in the world.

Oracle provides a wide choice of software, systems, and cloud deployment models—including public, on-premises, and hybrid clouds—to ensure that technology flexes to the unique needs of a business.

Also, Oracle Cloud is a complete, integrated stack of platform, infrastructure, and application services. With advanced scalability and security, Oracle Cloud enables technical agility across the enterprise, connects people to information for clearer insights, and fosters efficiency through simplified workflows.

With more than 420,000 customers across 145 countries, the market knows our products and have harnessed Oracle technology to accelerate their digital transformation.

Anything else you would like to add?

We invite the users to try our technology, to know our products and start imaging what can Oracle do for their business, how they can change the company using technology as a service, with a cloud that provide them all the benefits that they need and that their clients are asking for, like flexibility, agility, solutions and answers for those problems that doesn’t let them evolve.