February 25th 2016 - Mobile Communication in the North restored
Thursday, February 25, 2016 -Suva, Fiji: Digicel Fiji has made major progress in restoring network connectivity in the Northern Division after communications in the area went down for all mobile networks during the height of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston on the weekend.
The vast majority of the Digicel network in now restored in Labasa, Savusavu, Nabouwalu and Taveuni.
Digicel Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean, said; “Our technical team has been working around the clock to establish communication up in the North and we are delighted that they’re been able to fix most of the damage on towers and restore communications.”
“We know that some Digicel customers have been out of touch with family and friends since the devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston struck on Saturday. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our customers for their patience while service restoration efforts are in progress.”
“We have now have network connectivity in most areas of Labasa, Savusavu, Nabouwalu and Taveuni. We can also assure you that our technical teams are also working to restore areas still without, part of this is restoring network in the outer islands so we can restore communications in as many locations as quickly as possible.”
“Our nation has experienced a catastrophic event, and our hearts go out, especially to those who have lost family members” said Mr. McLean.
Updates of network and service availability are being communicated as they happen on Digicel Fiji’s Facebook page.
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.