Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Caribbean Headquartered telecommunications company, Digicel is to partner with George Soros’ Quantum Strategic Partners in a bid for a telecoms licence in Burma.

Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Caribbean Headquartered telecommunications company, Digicel

Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Caribbean Headquartered telecommunications company, Digicel

The consortium, which also involves businessman Serge Pun, has submitted an application for one of two new licences being offered by the Burmese government as part of the recent liberalisation of the market.

In a statement, O’Brien said the company had had success in entering recently liberalised markets and was “committed to rolling out a world-class telecommunications network” in Burma. The Chairman was referring to Digicel’s great success in bringing competition to the market, thus driving down prices in countries such as Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Barbados.

George Soros, #30 on the Forbes Global Billionaires rich list with a net worth of US$20 Billions said he was “delighted” to partner with Digicel and Pun’s Yoma Strategic Holdings and was confident in the ability of the consortium.

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is the size of France with a population of over 60 million people and has a current mobile penetration rate below 10 per cent, compared to 110 per cent in Barbados.

CEO of Digicel Barbados and South OECS, Barry O’Brien commented that it was indeed exciting times for Digicel both at a global level and here in Barbados: Digicel is planning for the future by expanding our business and this is leading to a much expanded service offering and increased employment.

Barry O’Brien, CEO of Digicel (Barbados) Limited

Barry O’Brien, CEO of Digicel (Barbados) Limited

He elaborated that Digicel Barbados was making very good progress in fulfilling its goal to diversify its business here in Barbados from primarily a mobile business to a full ICT company. Some of the key achievements of Digicel Barbados to date includes the hiring of a best in field ICT management team, including:

  • Jaggs Dass (ex-Regional Manager of Microsoft) for ICT Enterprise solutions
  • Kennedy Swaratsingh (ex-Government Minister from Trinidad) for Government and Utilities solutions
  • Tim Maher (ex-Eircom Ireland) for corporate connectivity, security solutions, cloud and landline solutions
  • Kolade Nurse and Ronald Greenidge (ex-Illuminat) for PBX and IP networking solutions
  • Kevin Clarke (ex-TSL) for ICT corporate sales

This expansion into ICT is rapidly continuing and Digicel Barbados presently has 10 additional vacancies in the ICT area. To accomadate this expansion into ICT Digicel is soon to open an additional ICT office in Oistins in the former Courts Superstore building. This building will house over 25, mainly newly employed Digicel staff.

O’Brien explained that Digicel wants to be the “go-to” company for all ICT solutions, working with both corporate Barbados and Government and is building a strong, comprehensive team of achieve this. Digicel will further elaborate on its plans during a planned ICT conference at the Hilton hotel on April 11th.

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