SOURCE: Digicel


February 08, 2011 12:32 ET

Digicel Acquires Netxar Technologies

Businesses Across the Caribbean and Central America to Benefit From the Region's Newest ICT Powerhouse

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Digicel, the Bigger, Better Network, has taken a controlling stake in Netxar Technologies, the leading systems integrator in the Caribbean region, it was announced today.

Effective immediately, the two companies will work together to achieve even greater business success and market share as the region's newest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) powerhouse.

With corporate and public sector customers looking for the best and most advanced ICT systems and processes -- whilst also keeping a keen eye on cost control -- the Digicel Netxar combination will see customers optimising their ICT infrastructure and saving money.

Netxar has built a fantastic track record and, as well as winning numerous regional and global awards, is also the proud holder of the Gold Certification, Master Unified Communication and Master Managed Service Partner and is a member of Cisco's elite 1% partners out of 64,000+ partners worldwide -- vital in securing and serving top corporate and public sector customers. It is based in Puerto Rico and has operations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Digicel meanwhile has been offering ICT solutions to businesses across the region since 2007. The company's promise of best network, best value and best service has seen Caribbean companies not only benefiting from greater efficiencies through more integrated communications, but also being able to reduce their ICT spend by between 30% and 40% on average.

President and CEO of Netxar, Frank Santiago, comments, "For years, corporate and public sector customers have been searching for a business partner who can deliver both world class telecommunication services and ICT solutions. Now, customers will benefit from technology solutions that leverage their IT framework as a competitive advantage while reducing operational costs and increasing productivity."

He continues, "The support and involvement of Digicel which, in ten short years, has had such a positive impact on the Caribbean communications space will see us delivering even better solutions to an even broader range of corporate customers."

Kevin White, COO of Digicel Group, comments, "Since we started focusing on delivering ICT solutions to Caribbean corporate customers in 2007, we have made big inroads and are proud to serve the Caribbean's biggest business names. In Jamaica for instance, Digicel serves over 70% of the corporate market."

He adds, "This will see us increasing our ICT presence across the Caribbean and Central America and offering customers a broader and deeper product portfolio backed by Digicel's award-winning customer service. Our customers are set to benefit from being with the region's newest ICT powerhouse."

About Digicel

After nine and a half years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.

Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars -- an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.

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