SOURCE: Digicel

November 07, 2005 11:15 ET

Digicel, Ericsson Building First-Rate GSM Network in Haiti

Comprehensive Network Services and Quality Coverage Promised for Haitian Wireless Customers

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 7, 2005 -- Digicel, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, announced it has chosen Ericsson as its exclusive infrastructure provider for a state-of-the-art GSM mobile network in Haiti. Earlier this year, Digicel was awarded a license to operate in Haiti, signifying the company's ongoing dedication and momentum in building a seamless pan-Caribbean wireless network.

As a country with approximately 400,000 phone lines, wired and wireless, serving a population of 8 million, Haiti offers a unique opportunity for Digicel to make a significant impact on the quality and standard of mobile telecommunications in the country.

As the world's leading GSM provider, Ericsson's technological expertise will allow Digicel to provide Haitian customers with new and innovative service offerings in the same way it has throughout the region. This system will provide Haitian subscribers access to a reliable and superior network as well as services such as mobile Internet (GPRS), per second billing and international roaming.

"We are pleased to bring our partnership with Ericsson to Haiti. It enables us to build industry leading infrastructure that will help drive telecommunications innovations and deliver dependable network coverage for customers," said Digicel Haiti CEO, Ghada Gebara. "As a country rich in culture with vibrant communities, Haiti offers a tremendous opportunity for us to help connect families and friends through a wide-range of GSM services and value offerings."

Since Digicel's flagship launch in 2001, Ericsson has been the company's preferred vendor and strategic partner in delivering comprehensive network coverage to customers throughout the Caribbean region. St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Aruba, Barbados, the Cayman Islands and Trinidad & Tobago include just some of the islands where Ericsson has been active in deploying Digicel network infrastructure.

"We are proud to bring our advanced technology offerings to Haiti and it is an honor to be a part of developing and deploying a start-of-the-art, intelligent GSM network which will transform the face of mobile telecommunications in Haiti," said Martin Bjork, Digicel Key Account Manager for Ericsson. "Our advanced solutions allow a wide range of services and offerings, which Digicel is known for and has helped them become the fastest growing mobile service provider in the Caribbean."

With its management team recently appointed, Digicel Haiti is poised to lead the mobile telecommunications market, offering competitive rates, enhanced customer service, as well as unbeatable coverage and a wide variety of products. Digicel's Haiti operation is lead by Ghada Gebara, chief executive officer; Bernard Yacoub, chief technology officer; and Issa Touma, chief financial officer.

With investments in the Caribbean exceeding well over $US600 million, Digicel employs nearly 1,500 people and is focused on strengthening its footprint in the region.

ABOUT DIGICEL

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless 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. 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.

With the recent achievements of new licenses and acquisitions, Digicel is now well on its way to be offering services in the near future in over 15 Caribbean countries, covering a total population of 14 million people. Incorporated in Bermuda and currently operating in eight countries including Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Digicel looks forward to launching in Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti as well as entering into the markets of Bermuda, Anguilla, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica through its acquisition of Cingular Wireless' Caribbean and Bermuda operations. The acquisition also allows Digicel licenses in St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Barths.

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.

Contact Information

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

    Sarah Hunkins
    Cohn & Wolfe (for Digicel)
    +1 (212) 798 9789