February 24th 2016 - Digicel pledges $150k for Cyclone relief efforts
Wednesday 24th February, 2016 – Suva, Fiji – Digicel has pledged FJ$150,000 towards the relief and rehabilitation required after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Fiji, Mr. Darren McLean says an early response is needed to help our country get back on its feet in this time of crisis.
“Digicel will donate FJ$100k to the Prime Ministers Relief Fund and a further FJ$50k which will be used towards relief and rehabilitation in coordination with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). In times of natural disasters, we think it is important that we move quickly to help the most vulnerable in our communities”.
“There has been a huge amount of damage in the North-West of Viti Levu, Koro, Lomaiviti Group and up in the North, I have seen the situation first hand while surveying the damage to our towers yesterday,” added Mr. McLean.
“Digicel is proud to be part of a community that is coming together in this time of need to support the relief and rehabilitation efforts and would urge more organisations to come forward and help out.”
“Digicel wishes all families in Fiji a peaceful and safe recovery” said Mr. McLean.
Digicel Group Limited (Digicel) is a leading provider of communications services in 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions, where the company provides a comprehensive range of Mobile Communications, Business Solutions, Cable TV & Broadband and other related products and services to retail, corporate (including small- and medium-sized enterprises) and government customers.
Digicel offers HSPA+ or long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology (4G) in 30 markets and holds the number one mobile market position in 21 markets, with a mobile subscriber market share of more than 50% in 20 markets, as determined by internal company data.
Digicel launched mobile services in Jamaica, its first market, in 2001 and became the market leader there within 15 months of launch, based on a strategy that Digicel has since replicated successfully in several other markets. Digicel’s mobile subscriber base has grown from 0.4 million as of March 31, 2002 to 13.6 million subscribers as of March 31, 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 32.3%.
Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs. Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.
For more information, visit www.digicelgroup.com.