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Digicel

January 15, 2010 15:15 ET

Digicel Concerned at Critical Situation at Haiti Airport

Restoration of the Country's Communication Network Hampered by Bottleneck at Airport

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2010) - As Digicel continues to work around the clock to restore vital communications in Haiti, the company today expressed grave concern that flights carrying the necessary experts and equipment are not able to land at Haiti's international airport.

A fully operational communications network is of critical importance to the relief efforts that are currently underway and, to date, four flights carrying Digicel technicians and equipment have been turned away from the airport in Port-au-Prince.

Digicel Chairman, Denis O'Brien, said: "We have been in contact with the United Nations and numerous NGOs who are telling us that restoring Haiti's communications network is a vital first step in this relief effort. It is critical that our planes carrying all the necessary equipment and technicians be allowed to land in Haiti."

Following the earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th, Digicel deployed a team of technical experts to Haiti. Digicel's three switches -- which serve the entire country -- have been assessed by the team and they are operational. However, a number of sites have been damaged -- specifically some roof top sites in Port-au-Prince. Congestion also continues to be an issue which Digicel will be able to resolve once the necessary equipment arrives.

"Over the past three days, our teams -- both on the ground in Haiti and around each of the countries we operate in -- have been working around the clock on the relief effort for Haiti. The response from our customers has been incredible and we have received a wave of donations which we are using to send emergency aid such as food, water and medical supplies to NGOs on the ground in Haiti. It is vitally important that we keep this momentum going over the coming days," Mr. O'Brien added.

In addition to the equipment and technicians that Digicel is trying to send to Haiti, a 30,000 lb cargo of medical supplies, food and water is ready to be dispatched from Jamaica once the situation in the airport has been resolved.

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

After eight years of operation, Digicel has 8.8 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications -- the company is also a recent entrant to the Central American and Pacific markets.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets world-wide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has 10.3 million subscribers.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information on Digicel.

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