SOURCE: Digicel


January 21, 2010 14:44 ET

Majority of Digicel Cell Sites Up Across Haiti

Text-Voice Donors Add $500,000 to Digicel's $5 Million Contribution

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - Work to restore the Digicel network continues with the majority of the cell sites now back on air and functioning well.

As the biggest and best network in Haiti, Digicel continues to have more cell sites on air than any other provider and is seeing more and more of its customers using the network.

To ensure as many customers as possible can stay connected to friends and family, Digicel is today announcing a number of initiatives. These include:

--  FREE SIM card replacement programme at Digicel stores for anyone who has
    lost their existing SIM card -- importantly, customers will be able to keep
    their original number
--  Big reduction on the price of Digicel Coral 150 handsets -- down to US$12
    from the already discounted price of US$20
--  Many stores have re-opened across the country including seven in Port au
--  In an effort to ensure that as many customers as possible can purchase
    credit, handsets and accessories like alternative energy mobile phone
    chargers, one of Digicel's mobile stores is open each day in the airport
    area of Port au Prince from 9am until 4pm
--  More supplementary charging stations in the Digicel stores to ensure that
    customers can charge up their phone batteries and be able to avail
    themselves of the US$5 free credit to stay connected with friends and
--  And for people across the Diaspora wishing to send credit to friends and
    family in Haiti, Digicel is giving Double Bubble to customers meaning that
    they will receive double the value of the credit that they purchase for no
    additional cost. In Haiti itself, people can transfer credit from one phone
    to another using Digicel Credit U service
--  Digicel's text and voice donation line has now raised nearly US$500,000
    in just under a week and the amount is going up all the time
--  In addition, Orange in the Dominican Republic has kindly donated
    technical resources and equipment to aid Digicel in its recovery efforts

Colm Delves, Group CEO of Digicel, comments; "We're continuing to make strides on getting our network back to full strength and in tandem have put introduced a number of initiatives to ensure our customers have access to phone credit, phones and phone accessories so that they can stay connected to family and friends.

"Orange's support has been tremendous. We would like to say a big thank you to them for the kind contribution of technical equipment and people. We would also like to thank all the people who have kindly given to our voice and text donation line and would encourage them to keep on giving to help the people of Haiti."

As the single largest investor in Haiti with a total investment of U$370 million since its launch in 2006, Digicel has over two million customers in Haiti and has announced a US$5 million donation to the Haiti relief efforts. This donation will go to NGOs like Concern and Medecins sans Frontieres.


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.

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