SOURCE: Digicel


May 17, 2010 14:15 ET

Digicel and Leading Mobile Phone Manufacturers Donate 50,000 Phones to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

Handsets and SIM Cards to the Value of US$2 Million Donated to Non-Government and Non-Profit Organisations

PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and fastest growing operator in Central America and the Pacific, has come together with a number of leading mobile phone manufacturers to distribute over 50,000 handsets and credit worth more than US$2 million to a variety of non-Government and non-profit organisations in Haiti.

Thanks to the generosity of handset manufacturers LG, Alcatel, Nokia, Samsung, RIM, ZTE and SIM card supplier Gemalto, over 30,000 phones have already been distributed to over 150 organisations by Digicel. These include the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which assists in the management of camp sites housing displaced Haitians, WorldVision, Save the Children, Concern, Fonkoze, UNICEF, Partners in Health, Catholic Relief Services and Médecins Sans Frontières, to name but a few. Earthquake researchers, mobile health clinics and sanitation and shelter specialists have also received handsets and credit -- as well as hospital and orphanage staff.

Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said: "Since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti four months ago, a massive relief effort has been underway to support the people of Haiti. Thousands of volunteers from around the world have been working around the clock with a number of NGOs, and non-profit organisations. Given the sheer scale of the project to rebuild Haiti, being able to stay in touch with colleagues, as well as friends and family abroad, is vitally important.

"I would like to say thank you to our major handset suppliers for coming out to support us in our efforts to ensure that those who are working tirelessly to rebuild Haiti continue to enjoy the reliable communications which are critical to their work," he continued.

Director of World Vision in Haiti, Franck Williams, said: "We are very grateful to Digicel and to the mobile phone manufacturers for this fantastic donation. With widespread infrastructure in Haiti still poor, and an influx in the number of aid workers, having reliable and efficient mobile communications is critical to the ongoing relief efforts ensuring that we can keep in contact with each other -- and our counterparts -- across the country."

Since the earthquake, Digicel has sent over 90,000lbs of provisions and 21,000lbs of medical supplies and antibiotics to help those whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake.

As the single largest investor in Haiti with a total investment of over US$370 million since its launch in 2006, Digicel has over two million customers in Haiti. The Digicel Haiti Relief Fund has donated US$5 million to NGOs in Haiti to support the relief efforts and to date over US$800,000 has been raised by Digicel customers across the Caribbean and Central America through a text and voice donation line. Digicel also gave each of its two million customers US$5 in free credit -- totaling US$10 million.


After nine years of operation, Digicel has 9.1 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is 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 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. The company is also a recent entrant to the Central American market in Panama and Honduras, where is has 1.6 million subscribers.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts. Pacific markets comprise: Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has over 10.7 million subscribers.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. And in the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams including the Digicel Fiji 7s, Digicel Tonga Ikale Tahi 7s and 15s and the Digicel Vanuatu 7s and 15s. Digicel also sponsors the Vanuatu Cricket team.

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