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Digicel

November 12, 2009 09:00 ET

Digicel Pledges US$500,000 to Hurricane Recovery Efforts in El Salvador

Digicel Employees Join the Recovery Effort to Distribute Food, Water, Clothing and Medical Supplies

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and the fastest growing operator in Central America, has pledged over US$500,000 to hurricane recovery efforts in El Salvador in the wake of Hurricane Ida which caused widespread devastation across the country last weekend.

Digicel is contributing US$250,000 to purchase and distribute vital food and medical supplies. The funds will be distributed through NGOs such as the Fundación Salvadoreña para la Salud y Desarrollo Humano (FUSAL), the Fundación para la Educación Social, Económica y Cultural (FUPEC) and the Salvadoran Red Cross.

The company is also contributing US$250,000 in mobile phones to the emergency services and call credit to people in affected areas, as well as providing its customers with free local and international calls on the Digicel network, so that Digicel customers can stay in touch with family and friends.

In addition, from November 11th to 15th, customers in the US who purchase Digicel top up for family and friends living in El Salvador will receive 100% extra free credit.

A text donation line has also been set up for customers in El Salvador who wish to make a donation towards the recovery effort. Every text sent to the donation line is worth US$0.50 which Digicel will pass on to FUPEC.

Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO, comments: "As the fastest growing operator in Central America, we understand our responsibility to help out in times of need. Above and beyond our role in keeping friends and family connected, we are committed to helping people get back on their feet. Our employees have also been actively contributing to the recovery efforts this week with many of them joining rescue teams and I'd like to thank them for all of their hard work."

ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

After eight years of operation, Digicel has 8.6 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 over ten 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.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Emma Hynes
    Digicel
    +1876 8818421