SOURCE: Digicel

December 18, 2007 08:30 ET

Digicel Granted Mobile License to Operate in British Virgin Islands

BVI Mobile Customers to Access World Class Services & Cutting-Edge Technology

ROAD TOWN, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - Digicel, the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to Central America, today announced that it had been granted a mobile license to operate a GSM network in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The license comes after the liberalization process initiated by the Government of BVI in early 2005.

The British Virgin Islands is expected to become Digicel's 24th market and the Caribbean mobile operator has earmarked US$15 million as its initial investment to build a state-of-the-art network offering close to 100% population coverage. The company, which will directly employ 20 people in BVI while creating hundreds of indirect jobs, also plans to become involved in a range of sponsorships, and social and community initiatives.

As the third entrant into the BVI mobile market, Digicel is expected to create positive mobile competition and drive mobile telecommunications development while delivering more choice, competitive pricing, and technological innovation for BVI mobile customers.

"Digicel's goal is to become the number one mobile operator in the British Virgin Islands and we expect to rapidly roll out services in this market. BVI is a welcomed addition to our seamless pan Caribbean network," said Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves.

"We look forward to spurring competition, providing better coverage and better value to BVI mobile customers and visitors as well as being an active member of this community," added Colm Delves.

With a thriving tourism industry, the British Virgin Islands has one of the most prosperous economies in the Caribbean. BVI covers a group of 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited islands, with the main islands being Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke.

About BVI

Location: Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, East of Puerto Rico

Population: 23,552 (July 2007 est)

Industry: Tourism represents 45% of the national income

Telecommunications: Cable & Wireless (monopoly on Fixed), CCT Global Communications, BVI Cable TV


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

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in twenty-three 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 and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and El Salvador. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin 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. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Maureen Rabbitt
    T: +1 (876) 361 2852 (Jamaica)

    Dacrie Brooks
    Cohn & Wolfe for Digicel
    T: +1 (212) 798 9804 (New York)