SOURCE: Digicel

June 08, 2005 10:57 ET

Digicel Enters Haitian Telecommunications Market

Fastest Growing Mobile Telecommunications Company in the Caribbean Expands Footprint to Ninth Country of Operation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 8, 2005 -- Digicel Group, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, announced today that it is the first company to be awarded a license to operate a GSM network in Haiti. This significant milestone for the company comes as a result of a tender process entered jointly with onefone, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Haitian GB Group.

Digicel Haiti will offer innovative and accessible mobile services that meet consumers' evolving demands and aim to create positive competition and value for local customers.

With the addition of operations in Haiti, Digicel will now operate in nine countries with a total population of over 12 million people. Digicel spans the entire Caribbean region from the Cayman Islands to Barbados and Aruba.

Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel Group, stated, "Digicel is delighted to be the first company to be awarded a license to operate a GSM network in Haiti. This is a tremendous opportunity for Digicel for further expansion.

"This win will also enable Digicel to make an important contribution to the growth and development of Haiti economically and socially. It will result in significant job creation and Digicel fully intends to become involved in a range of sponsorships, and social and community initiatives," Mr. O'Brien explained.

"We are pleased to bring to Haiti the Digicel approach of providing affordable and innovative mobile communications that foster personal and professional connections between Caribbean nations and people and believe that Digicel Haiti will benefit greatly from our partnership with the GB Group," added Mr. O'Brien.

Haiti currently has three operators in the market that offer CDMA and TDMA networks to approximately 400,000 subscribers (includes mobile and fixed line).

Digicel has operations in Aruba, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and St Lucia and is committed to creating a seamless pan-Caribbean network. Digicel's introduction of modern services, such as rollover minutes, pre-paid roaming, and "Call Me" free text messaging, continues to differentiate the company, while it maintains an average market share of 60 percent across its countries of operation.

ABOUT DIGICEL

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has become 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 mobile services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting edge of mobile communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in nine countries including Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the largest GSM mobile operator in the region and plans to extend its footprint into other Caribbean countries.

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, which involves over 30 Caribbean countries and is an important qualifier towards the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information on Digicel.

ABOUT GB GROUP

onefone is a portfolio company of the GB Group.

The GB Group is one of the largest industrial and commercial concerns in Haiti. The Group has a long history of operating successful enterprises and has pioneered the development of several industries in Haiti.

Today, with a combined workforce of 2000 associates, these companies maintain significant presence in several key strategic sectors such as, building materials, edible oil, petroleum products, consumer products, construction, financial services and telecom solutions.

Dedicated to the development of Haiti, the Group maintains its tradition of seeking steady long-term growth through investments in durable projects.

Visit www.gbgroup.net to know more about the GB Group.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Maureen Rabbitt
    Corporate Communications Manager, Digicel
    +1 (876) 361 2852 (Jamaica)

    Jill Wallis
    Cohn & Wolfe for Digicel
    +1 (212) 798-9837 (New York)