Kingston, Jamaica – Thursday, June 28, 2016: Digicel has announced that it has made several government websites free to access via mobile phones on the Digicel network.
Free access means that a customer can log on to any of the approved sites without having an active data plan. Similarly, customers on a data plan will not incur data charges while browsing these sites.
Currently there are over 30 websites listed inclusive of the Jamaica Information Service, Access to Information Unit, Registrar General’s Department, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency as well as several ministry websites.
“There are several local government agencies that offer services via their websites that persons are unaware of. Working with the Government of Jamaica to allow free access to these websites will also help to increase efficiencies at these agencies and best of all save time and money for our customers,” said David Butler, CEO of Digicel.
Sharing in the sentiment, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Hon. Andrew Wheatley said, “The Government of Jamaica is happy to see that service providers have taken up the mantle and agreed to demonstrate their commitment to nation building by supporting this initiative. We are especially encouraged by the speed at which Digicel has begun this process by already zero-rating over 30 key websites. It demonstrates a clear willingness to work with the Government of Jamaica to deliver true universal access to the citizens of Jamaica”.
Butler went on to share that other government websites will be added over the coming year. The move joins the growing list of websites that are already free to browse on the Digicel network, including Wikipedia, LearningHub.online and Loop.