Digicel Applies for Submarine Fiber Network License

Digicel Applies for Submarine Fiber Network License

Digicel, the Caribbean’s fasted growing

mobile telecommunications provider, has submitted an application for a

license to build, own and operate a submarine fibre optic cable carrier

facility in Jamaica. The application was submitted on November 1, 2004, to

the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) by Digicel Group CEO, Mr. Raoul

Fontanez and Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mr. David Hall. The cable will run from

Kingston, Jamaica to Puerto Plate, Dominican Republic in an effort to

provide a world-class telecommunications facility for the people of Jamaica

and the Caribbean.

“Digicel is extremely excited about the opportunity to apply for a license

for a submarine fiber network in Jamaica. Internet access is key to youth

development, cultural and economic diversification and expansion,” said

Raoul Fontanez. “We are confident that with this network in place, Digicel

can begin to offer broadband services and bring substantial benefits to the

economic, educational and social fabric of Jamaica.”

Mr. Fontanez added, “This initiative is part of our continued long-term

commitment to create a seamless network across the Caribbean with enormous

benefits for the region. Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art

Pan-Caribbean fiber optic network ensuring affordable and innovative mobile

communications that fosters personal and professional connections between

Caribbean nations and people.”

The license will be one of two being offered by the Jamaican government in

its effort to deliver the benefits that technology can provide, such as

access to information and the ability to conduct business globally. The

establishment of a fiber network will make the Internet more accessible to

the average Jamaican by significantly lowering costs. The network will

also enable the government to bring the Internet into more schools across


“Congratulations must go to the Ministry of Science, Commerce and

Technology and to the Office of Utilities Regulation for taking the

initiative in addressing Jamaica’s shortage of submarine fiber optic

facilities, and developing a long term policy and regulatory framework for

international cable landings in Jamaica,” said Digicel Jamaica CEO, Mr.

David Hall. “We are confident that Digicel is the best partner for this

project. Our success in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean is a result of

our strong record of innovative, competitive services, our commitment to

the Caribbean, financial strength and caliber of expertise. We look forward

to benefits this license will allow us to bring to Jamaica and the region,”

he added.

About Digicel

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing mobile

telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In three years Digicel has

become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior

customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art


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 operates in seven countries including Aruba, Barbados, 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.

Digicel is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, and has approximately 900

employees. 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.


Maureen Rabbitt

Corporate Communications Manager

Digicel Group


Adam Paige

Cohn & Wolfe