SOURCE: Digicel

January 29, 2007 12:01 ET

Digicel Launches Mobile TV in Jamaica

Leading Pan-Caribbean Operator First Provider in the Region to Offer Customers Live Local TV Streamed on Handsets

KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- Digicel, the fastest-growing mobile telecommunications company in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, has launched in Jamaica the Digicel Mobile TV service, powered by Vimio Plc. Now available to Digicel's post-paid and pre-paid customers in Jamaica, the highly anticipated service was unveiled on Thursday (Jan 25th) with a live demonstration at the popular Digicel sponsored Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Offered on Jamaica's most reliable and widest GSM/GPRS network, Digicel is the first mobile operator in the country to offer all live, all local mobile TV programming. The Caribbean company has plans in place to expand its mobile TV offering across its network of 22 markets later this year in addition to including 'made for mobile' channels, which will feature regularly updated blocks of programming and live TV streaming.

Digicel Jamaica's customers can enjoy around-the-clock live local programming, including well-loved soap operas, news bulletins, music videos and sports programs, thanks to Digicel's partnership with Jamaica's national station, CVM TV and the country's leading music channel, Hype TV.

Accessible on a wide range of top brand Nokia and Sony Ericsson GPRS-enabled handsets with additional handsets to be announced shortly, customers can easily access the service by simply selecting the Mobile TV link within the mobile content service Digicel Live on their handset.

"In order to provide our customers with an excellent and valued TV experience, it was important that we provide local TV content. Mobile television is a great example of the exciting innovative services we're able to offer with our world-class GSM/GPRS network," said Ralf Ohlhausen, Group Products Director at Digicel.

Digicel customers can also roam with the service in more than 50 countries, allowing them to stay up-to-date with their local TV programs when traveling. The service is charged on a per second basis whether accessing the service at home or abroad.

Ronnie Sutherland, Director of Sponsorship at CVM TV, says, "Digicel is one of the most the most innovative and admired brands in Jamaica so we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them. As a national TV station, we always strive to be the ones to get information out there first and the fastest. To that end, the idea of live broadcasting to the mobile handsets through Digicel TV is a fantastic proposition, delivering local news, sports updates and entertainment wherever and whenever people want it."

Johann Dawes, Managing Director of HYPE TV, adds, "By offering this service, Digicel is once again playing an important role in supporting the promotion of Caribbean talent and entertainment."

Vimio Plc., Digicel's Mobile TV partner, is an international leading provider of media distribution solutions and content to mobile network operators.

More information on Digicel's Mobile TV service can be accessed on


The following handsets are available with Digicel's Mobile TV service: Nokia 6630, Nokia 6680, Nokia 7610, Nokia E50, Nokia E70, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N91, Sony Ericsson P800, Sony Ericsson P900, Sony Ericsson P910 and the Sony Ericsson P990.


Vimio Plc is a leading provider of Live TV and multimedia content distribution solutions to major Mobile Network Operators ('MNOs'). Vimio offers mobile operators and content providers an end-to-end solution for mobile content distribution. This includes an advanced DRM (digital rights management) system to prevent unauthorized copying of copyright protected material. Live TV, full track music, video, karaoke, ring tones, true tones, Java games, audio books and other mobile content can all be distributed with one common distribution platform over CDMA, GPRS, EDGE and 3G networks. Visit for more information


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.

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Contact Information

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

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