-Over 43K Megabytes of Free Data Used to-date
Kingston, Jamaica – Thursday, March 16, 2017: Following the signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and its telecommunications counterpart to formalise the arrangement to provide free access to government websites, Digicel is reporting heavy volumes of traffic from customers accessing the service.
“Since June 2016, Digicel customers have logged over 43,000 megabytes worth of free access to government departments via the service,” disclosed David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. “In this digital age it isn’t enough to give people connectivity, you need to have content that makes them want to be online. Opening up access to these key centres of public information does just that and zero-rating has been proven to increase consumer choice and bring people online.”
Butler continued, “In addition, it promotes transparency and will help drive the creation of innovative businesses and services that deliver greater social and commercial value. We are pleased to be taking the next step in formalising this partnership arrangement which is part of our close work with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology to deliver on its mandate to deepen Internet penetration throughout Jamaica."
The service, has been available to Digicel customers since June 2016, giving citizens free access to the websites of various government departments - with or without a data plan. This allows them to reach government agencies online, pay taxes, make appointments and get information at any time. This service is already increasing the efficiency of the various government agencies, while saving customers time and money.
Minister Wheatley also had high praises for the initiative: “It brings the people closer to Government and it shows that we’re on the right trajectory as a country towards being the regional leader as it relates to incorporating information and communications technology (ICT) to access government services.”
Among the over 250 websites accessible via the service are: the Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Education, Youth and Information, Science, Energy and Technology, Finance and The Public Service, Spectrum Management Authority, Office of Utilities Regulation, E-Learning Jamaica, Jamaica Customs Agency, Students’ Loan Bureau, National Health Fund, University Hospital of the West Indies, Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica Information Service, National Housing Trust and National Water Commission, among others.