SOURCE: Digicel

November 14, 2007 08:30 ET

Digicel Donates US$100,000 to Haitians Affected by Tropical Storm Noel

Supplies and Free Airtime Distributed to Relief Agencies

KINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - Digicel, the fastest-growing telecommunications company in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, today announced that it has donated US$100,000 in food and household supplies to aid Haitians affected during the recent passage of Tropical Storm Noel.

As Tropical Storm Noel was one of the most devastating storms experienced by the country, items such as mattresses, food provisions, rice, peas, sugar, and salmon were distributed to the displaced Haitians by Digicel employees and the Haitian Foundation to support the Haitian relief agency FONDHACOT. Call credit was also provided to the relief agency to help agents maintain constant communication while working in communities most affected by the storm.

"On behalf of the FONHDACOT and the hundreds of families who will be assisted, we are grateful for this gesture from Digicel. This aid will give these families a high level of comfort in a distressing time," said E. Suzy J President of FONHDACOT.

According to Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves, "Digicel has a firm commitment to the Haitian people and we stand ready to help our customers in times of need. Haitians are very resilient people and we are confident that with our help and that of others, the Haitian people will overcome this situation."

Since launching in Haiti, Digicel has been actively involved in supporting the growth of the nation not least through building a state-of-the-art mobile telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring mobile handsets are accessible to all. After just 17 months of launching operations, Digicel Haiti has acquired 1.8 million customers.

In that short time, the company has also established the Digicel Haiti Foundation, a non-profit organization solely dedicated to helping build strong, sustainable communities and fostering economic growth across Haiti. With a firm focus on education, the Digicel Haiti Foundation made an initial commitment of rebuilding 20 primary schools in its first year, two in each district of Haiti.

Similarly, The Digicel Foundation in Jamaica, donated J$20 million (US$285,000) for the repair of schools damaged during Hurricane Dean, which wreaked havoc in Jamaica in August 2007. The funds will be used to repair 12 schools in St. Thomas, Manchester and St. Catherine. Established in 2004, the Digicel Foundation has allocated US$7 million to date for sustainable community development projects.

About Digicel

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. After six years, 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.

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.

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 & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos as well as coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel plans to launch in Suriname in the near future.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup and the Copa De Naciones, the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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