March 1st 2016 - Mobile Communication restored in Koro
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 -Suva, Fiji: Digicel Fiji has made major headway in reinstating network connectivity in the Koro Island in the Lomaiviti Group. Communications in the area went down for all fixed and mobile networks during the height of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston and it took a week before service was restored last Sunday. Koro Island was the worst affected by Severe TC Winston.
Digicel network is up in Nasau, Delaisuai, Nacamaki, Tuatua and Namaco villages in Koro.
Digicel Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean, said; “Our technical team has been working very hard to establish communication in Koro which may be the worst affected area in Fiji. Two of our towers are back in service 100% but one tower is damaged beyond repair and it may take several more weeks before that comes back on line.”
“We know that our customers have been out of touch with family and friends since the devastating TC Winston struck two weeks ago. We now have Koro connected and we thank our customers for their patience and welcome them back on the network. We expect that the emergency efforts will be helped substantially with mobile communication restored.”
The Digicel team led by Mr. McLean also handed out packs of food ration to the villagers.
More 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