Digicel Has Arrived In Vanuatu

June 25th 2008 - DIGICEL HAS ARRIVED IN VANUATU.

Contacts:
Aileen Corrigan
Marketing Manager, Digicel Vanuatu
Mobile:+678 5555100
Aileen.corrigan@digicelgroup.com

DIGICEL HAS ARRIVED IN VANUATU

- Investment of over VT3 billion to deliver unbeatable nationwide coverage, superior first to market services and 24/7 customer care throughout Vanuatu

Wednesday, 25th June, 2008, Vanuatu: Digicel, the fastest-growing telecommunications operator in the Pacific, launched today in Vanuatu, bringing a new era of affordable communications and unbeatable network coverage that will change the way people communicate. This is the fourth market that Digicel has entered in the Pacific region, following launches in Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

With an investment of over VT3 billion, Digicel has built a state-of-the-art GSM network offering unbeatable coverage across Vanuatu, exciting first to market services for customers at the most competitive prices as well as 24/7 customer care.

‘’We are delighted to be launching in Vanuatu, giving people access to affordable communications for the first time’’, said Digicel Vanuatu General Manager, John Delves. ‘’We are launching with 85% population coverage from day one and we guarantee that we will offer the people of Vanuatu services like they have never seen before. This is just the start of our relationship with Vanuatu and we have very ambitious plans for the months ahead’’.

Digicel will offer new first to market products and services such as international postpaid roaming, per second billing, roll over minutes and for the first time a VT200 top-up card. There are over 1,300 top-up locations nationwide.

On Wednesday 25th June, Digicel is opening two impressive ultra modern flagship stores in Port Vila and Lugainville, selling the widest range of brand new handsets, including world class brands such as Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson with prices starting as low as VT2,000. To celebrate the launch of Digicel in Vanuatu, every customer will receive a free Digicel branded solar charger worth VT3,000 and VT1,000 free credit with every phone bought.

From today, the people of Vanuatu will enjoy –

A State-of-the-Art Network:

  • Crystal clear, reliable coverage, offering new coverage areas
  • Connect 1st time, every time!
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    Superior Customer Care:

  • 24/7 Customer Care with friendly Ni-Vanuatu staff
  • Multilingual call centre
  • 2 Ultra modern flagship stores with experienced sales staff
  • 24 fully trained dealers nationwide
  • Best Value:

  • Unbeatable rates for both pre-paid and post-paid
  • Lower entry level price plan on postpaid
  • Free voicemail, free activation and free credit with every pre-paid phone purchase
  • Free solar charger with every phone purchased
  • Brand new top of the range handsets
  • Clear pricing – no hidden costs
  • Innovation and Choice:

  • For the first time ever, Digicel is introducing VT200 top-up cards along with VT500, VT1,000, VT2,000 and VT5,000
  • Over 1,300 top-up locations around the country
  • Per second billing
  • Today, Digicel announced it’s sponsorship of the National Rugby 15’s and 7’s teams which follows on from the sponsorship announcement last month of the Digicel Vanuatu Cricket team.
    Digicel plans to support rugby and cricket from the grassroots right through to the national level.

    As a company, Digicel is very heavily involved in working with parts of the community that sometimes gets forgotten. Digicel is working with the Disability and Promotion Advocacy Association (DPA), Vandisport, Vanuatu Society for Disabled People and with Mary Estelle to facilitate a Ni-Vanuatu athlete to travel to Beijing in September 2008.

    Excitement about Digicel’s launch in Vanuatu has been building for the last couple of weeks and months. Digicel will host Vanuatu’s biggest free concert on Wednesday, 25th June, in Independence Park. Thousands are expected to attend to celebrate Digicel’s launch with local Ni-Vanuatu artists due to perform including Digicel brand ambassador Vanessa Quai, Naio, and the headline line artist is international star, Collie Buddz. The free launch concert runs from 4pm -9pm.

    Digicel employs more than 70 people in Vanuatu with approximately 2,500 jobs created indirectly through related services. For more information on Digicel services, visit www.digicelvanuatu.com www.digicelpacific.com

    ENDS

    ABOUT DIGICEL
    Since its launch in the South Pacific in November 2006, Digicel has become the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Pacific, with current operations in Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. The company was recently granted a license by the Government of Fiji and has commitments from several other countries in the Pacific.

    Digicel has contributed to the 0.7% growth to the GDP of Papua New Guinea since its launch as the second mobile operator on July 20, 2007.

    Digicel is the largest operator in the Caribbean operating in 23 markets and rolling out new operations in Central America. The company is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, and superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.

    Digicel is proud sponsor of several national rugby teams across the South Pacific including; Fiji Rugby, Digicel Fiji Sevens, Digicel Vanuatu Rugby team, Digicel Vanuatu cricket team and Digicel Pukpuks. For more information, please visit www.digicelpacific.com or www.digicelvanuatu.com