SOURCE: Digicel

October 11, 2007 08:30 ET

Digicel Launches Personal Broadband in The Cayman Islands

Personal Wireless Broadband Service Is Fast, Convenient and Easy to Install

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - Digicel, the Caribbean's leading provider of GSM mobile service, today announced the launch of its next-generation, personal broadband service. With an initial roll out in The Cayman Islands, Digicel's Personal Broadband service employs standard based mobile WiMAX 802.16e technology allowing users the freedom to connect anywhere they like.

With the launch of Digicel Broadband, the company is the first telecommunications provider in The Cayman Islands to offer next-generation Mobile WiMAX based on 802.16e technology. Digicel first made its foray into the competitive corporate space by offering fixed Wireless Broadband Voice, Data and Internet services to corporate customers in the Cayman market in December 2005 and in the Jamaican market in July 2006.

Digicel will continue Personal Broadband Services roll outs in other markets deemed viable in the near future in addition to building on its current fixed Wireless Broadband Voice, Data and Internet service offerings to corporate customers in the Cayman and Jamaican markets.

Digicel is leapfrogging the mainstream broadband space by introducing a service that combines the quality of service and speeds of a landline offering with the ultimate convenience of wireless connectivity anywhere. Customers can move the modem to any location within Digicel's service area across the island and access the Internet at no extra charge. Digicel Broadband packages range in speed from 512kbps up to 4 mbps with simple, competitive pricing.

"Digicel is one of just a few mobile operators in the world to commercially launch an 802.16e ready network for personal broadband service. By choosing a standard-based technology, Digicel is driving innovation. As devices continue to evolve, we will strive to ensure our customers have access to the best services using cutting-edge technology," said Digicel Group CTO Mario Assaad.

Mobile WiMAX technology delivers wireless broadband data speeds with both Quality of Service and Class of Service that exceed today's performance of 3G technology solutions and opens the door to a new generation of consumer electronics devices. Leading device manufacturers have announced plans to have WiMAX-enabled devices such as laptops and PDAs in 2008.

To celebrate the Digicel Broadband launch in The Cayman Islands, Digicel is offering a special promotion through Oct. 31, 2007 that makes it even easier for customers to sign up. Customers can receive a free self-install modem and one-month subscription with no activation fee and no deposit. Package prices begin at just CI $25 (US29.95) per month. Existing Digicel postpaid mobile customers automatically receive discounted rates on all Digicel Broadband packages.

About Digicel

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in twenty two markets, including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and El Salvador. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths and plans to launch in Suriname in the near future.

The company is the lead sponsor of sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, the El Salvador and Haiti Football Federation, as well as Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean amongst others.

Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup and in 2007 Digicel was title sponsor of the Central American Copa de Naciones Digicel 2007, both of which are important qualifiers towards the CONCACAF Gold Cup. For more information, visit http://www.digicelgroup.com/.

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