Investment of US$60 Million brings Competition & Choice to South American Nation – DIGICEL LAUNCHES IN SURINAME

Digicel launched its 23rd operation in the South American nation of Suriname ? heralding the end of a 25 year telecommunications monopoly.

The Irish-based mobile service made an initial investment of US$60 million in building a state of the art network that offers coverage to many Surinamese communities for the first time ever.

The Caribbean company is also the first operator to offer a contiguous service across the South American countries of Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana. With a population of close to 500,000 the Suriname?s mobile penetration is estimated at just over 55%.

Digicel Suriname is introducing a number of first to market services and high value offerings such as prepaid and postpaid roaming, rollover minutes, free activation, free voicemail as well as free credit with every prepaid account purchase. The widest range of handsets for all pockets have also been introduced including for the first time ever BlackBerry and Digicel?s own exclusive range of Coral phones starting from as low as SRD 70 (US$25).

Ronald Venetiaan, President of the Republic of Suriname, welcomed Digicel to Suriname adding: ?I?m delighted that Digicel has come to Suriname to be a part of this change.?

The latest branch of Digicel employs close to 150 Surinamese staff and it is estimated that an additional 1,000 jobs have been created through its local dealerships and partners.

Digicel Suriname has opened 28 stores and 5000 recharge locations and is headed by Philip van Dalsen, who brings more than seven years international experience in mobile and fixed telecommunications management.

?Reaching our 23rd market is a significant milestone for us and I want to welcome Suriname to the Digicel family? said Digicel Group CEO Mr Colm [Ed’s Notesay COLLUM like LOTR] Delves. ?This is going to be a very exciting market for us and bodes well for our growth strategy ahead as we continue to build our customer base and roll out network in the Caribbean and beyond. We are proud to offer the best coverage, the best quality and the best value to the people of Suriname.?

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