SOURCE: Digicel

May 19, 2005 10:46 ET

Digicel Reaches Milestone of More Than 1,000 Employees Across Caribbean

Caribbean's Fastest Growing Telecommunications Operator Anticipates 30 Percent Staff Increase by End of 2006 to Accommodate Growing Customer Base and New Markets

KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- Digicel Group, the fastest growing telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, announced today that it has reached a milestone of 1,051 employees in its fourth year of operation and anticipates a 30 percent increase in staff by the end of 2006, due to subscriber growth and market expansion. Currently, Digicel's staff is 92 percent Caribbean nationals, based throughout the company's eight countries of operation.

"Digicel's success is driven by our dedicated employees, who embody our core principles of respect, confidence, hard work, honesty, communication and responsibility," said Raoul Fontanez, CEO, Digicel Group. "Digicel is very successful at attracting highly skilled, enthusiastic employees, who build strong relationships with our customers and help make our company one of the most admired brands in the region."

Following a US$408 million syndicated funding agreement in March that included US$120 million in (new) debt capital to fund its growth and acquisition strategy, the company is applying for additional operating licenses across the Caribbean as more markets open to competition. The company also announced its acquisition of Curaçao Telecom in March.

As Digicel continues its rapid growth, it will bring not only innovative telecommunications services to its markets, but hundreds of new jobs in areas as diverse as technology, marketing, sales and products, customer care, human resources and legal counsel. All employees have the opportunity to enhance their skills through a range of Digicel career development programs. The company places a high value on employee training through the deployment of human resources initiatives that focus on individual abilities and career growth.

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Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superiour customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.

By offering innovative mobile services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting edge of mobile communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in eight countries including Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the largest GSM mobile operator in the region and plans to extend its footprint into other Caribbean countries.

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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