October 29, 2007

C&W boss says liberalisation needs careful approach

No surprises here:

The Chief Executive Cable & Wireless International Harris Jones said that the company on a whole is in support of liberalisation, but observed that there are good and bad ways to go about it.

In a press conference with local media yesterday Jones approved of Antigua and Barbuda’s move towards liberalisation.

He said liberalisation has taken place over the last 10 years in over 30 of their covered markets, and he felt it was a necessary chapter in the development of the business.

About 93 per cent of their markets faces competition and he believes it has made the company better.

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ONEMAX launches mobile WiMAX in the DR

TeleGeography.com is reporting:

ONEMAX, a broadband wireless access provider, and Alcatel-Lucent have announced the commercial launch of a mobile WiMAX 802.16e-2005 network. It is believed to be the first network of its kind to launch in the Caribbean region. Coverage is currently estimated to be limited to the capital, Santo Domingo. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
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C&W upgrades mobile network in the Cayman Islands

CaymanNetNews.com is reporting:

Cable & Wireless (C&W), a leading telecommunications company in the Caribbean, said it is constantly improving its service to best meet the needs of its customers in the Cayman Islands. The company said it has kept at the leading edge of technology to ensure that its residential and business customers have world-class communication tools with which to communicate. Over the past months it has made a significant investment in upgrading its local mobile network.

“Due to the growth of the mobile market in the Cayman Islands over the past few years, it is important that we remain at the forefront, providing our customers with the best possible experience whether they are making or receiving a voice call, sending a text message, email message or surfing the Internet on their mobile phone,” said Albert Anderson, Vice President Network Services Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands).

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October 22, 2007

U.K. Telecoms Duking it Out in Carribean

Good article with some details on the growing Digicel/C&W battle:

"Digicel, said to be the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, recently filed a claim in the English High Court against Cable and Wireless “C&W” and several of its subsidiaries, seeking several hundreds of millions of dollars damages."
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3P Networks Inc. to Acquire Caribbean Cable Television Group

Sort of a strange release in that they don't name the company they plan to acquire:

New York -- Oct. 18, 2007 -- 3P Networks Inc. further to a company news release on August 20th, 2007 regarding the closing of a $12 million round of funding, today announced that it is negotiating to acquire a Caribbean-based telecommunications provider from which to establish its regional operations center and provide local digital voice, data and video services.

Chris Farnworth, CEO of 3P Networks, said, “We are very pleased to be entering the Caribbean Market. Once we conclude this acquisition it will provide 3P Networks with the satellite and fiber optic infrastructure to create a world-class network operations center and establish our regional presence.”

About 3P Networks

3P Networks Inc. is a diversified, multi-service telecommunications company with interests in North America and the Caribbean. The Company is focused on aggregating subscribers, which provides the company with monthly recurring revenue on a single platform. 3P Networks provides custom bundling of emerging digital telecommunications “triple play” products, such as HD-TV, fixed and mobile wireless VoIP, and Broadband Internet connectivity, delivered to its subscribers in both underserved rural areas and urban high demand markets - all on a common platform.

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October 9, 2007

Ghada Gebara to Head Digicel's French-Speaking Caribbean Operations

Haiti CEO Adds French West Indies and French Guiana to Portfolio; Patrice Pezat Appointed CEO of Digicel Haiti

259204_DGE.jpgKINGSTON, JAMAICA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Digicel Group, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to Central America, today announced the promotion of Ms. Ghada Gebara, former CEO of Digicel Haiti, as the new regional CEO to lead Digicel's French Caribbean operations: Haiti, French West Indies and French Guiana, into their next stage of dynamic growth.

Appointed as the new CEO of Digicel Haiti, Mr. Patrice Pezat will report to Ghada Gebara, who will share her time between Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana. Digicel Haiti has acquired 1.7 million customers since launching in May 2006 and is the fastest-growing operation amongst Digicel Group's 22 markets.

"We are pleased to promote Ghada Gebara to the role of Regional CEO of Haiti, French West Indies and French Guiana," said Digicel Group CEO Mr. Colm Delves. "Ghada has played a pivotal role in ensuring that Digicel Haiti has not only expanded at a dynamic rate to meet demand but also quickly won the confidence of the Haitian people to become the number one mobile provider of choice."

"Following our 2006 launch into the French-speaking Caribbean, Digicel has now entered into our next stage of expansion and assembled a solid management team to execute our business plans. We are confident that Ghada, Patrice and their team bring the right skill set and perspective to drive critical growth in the French-speaking Caribbean, which have already proven to be very exciting, rewarding mobile markets for the company," added Delves.

Digicel launched in Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana in July 2006 following the acquisition of Bouygues Telecom Caraibe. Coverage areas also include St. Barths and French St. Martin.

As CEO, Ghada Gebara -- who joined Digicel Haiti in August 2005 -- led the operations through a phenomenally successful launch and first year of growth. Prior to joining Digicel Haiti, Ghada Gebara held senior positions with Asiacell, a major mobile phone provider in Iraq, and CELLIS (France Telecom Mobile Lebanon) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Patrice Pezat brings 10 years' experience working in the Caribbean and African mobile markets. Most recently, he held the position of CEO of Orange Madagascar. Previously he held the position of vice president of sales and marketing at Orange Dominican Republic and product manager at France Telecom French West Indies.

Digicel continues to expand its senior management team in Haiti with several important promotions. Ms. Sophia Stransky has been appointed as head of distribution and Ms. Tatiana Policard as head of marketing. The new appointments further demonstrate the company's continued commitment to local employee development.

Digicel directly employs 750 people in Haiti and 150 people in the French West Indies and French Guiana with a total of 3,500 direct employees across the region.

ABOUT DIGICEL
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. After six years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in twenty two markets, including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths and plans to launch in Suriname in the near future.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup and the Copa De Naciones, the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information on Digicel.

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