SOURCE: Digicel

March 12, 2007 08:00 ET

Digicel Launches CDMA Roaming in the Caribbean

Leading Pan-Caribbean Operator Becomes First in Region to Offer GSM and CDMA Roaming Capability

KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- Digicel, the fastest-growing mobile telecommunications company in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, today announced that through its partnership with Huawei Technologies, it has launched CDMA roaming in the Caribbean and Bermuda, making it the first GSM operator in the region to simultaneously offer GSM and CDMA on its mobile network.

Huawei has been awarded a CDMA2000 1x EV-DO contract and as a result CDMA travelers coming to the region will now be able to roam on Digicel's network and experience the same high level of roaming service that GSM roamers have come to expect from Digicel. In its initial stage, CDMA roaming is being introduced to five of Digicel's 22 markets, including Jamaica, Bermuda, Aruba, Cayman Islands and Barbados.

"When traveling to the Caribbean, many U.S. mobile customers experience poor service and erratic network coverage from CDMA Caribbean operators," said Mario Assaad, Digicel Group CTO. "Now, they can come to the Caribbean and have reliable mobile service by roaming on our seamless mobile network."

The announcement follows in the wake of Digicel signing a three-year partnership agreement with Vodafone Group, which will allow customers to seamlessly access their home services as they travel on each other's network as well as jointly develop enhanced roaming capabilities and become preferred roaming partners.

Digicel has outbound and inbound roaming customers. Outbound customers are those traveling abroad roaming on foreign mobile networks when making mobile calls and inbound customers are travelers who visit the Caribbean and roam on Digicel's network using their mobile phones.


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.

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. Digicel also has a license in Guatemala and 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. Visit for more information on Digicel.


Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei") is a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei's products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 31 of the world's top 50 operators, as well as over one billion users worldwide. For more information, please visit

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