September 17, 2009
Digicel acquires Orange Dominica
Here is some news - Digicel buying a competitor whole. Will this be a new trend in the domination of the region?
September 14th 2009 - DIGICEL ACQUIRES ORANGE DOMINICA LTD
Monday, 14th September 2009 - Rouseau, Dominica : DIGICEL ACQUIRES ORANGE DOMINICA LTD - Acquisition marks Digicel's continued growth in the Caribbean.
Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to Central America, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Orange Dominica, the wholly owned subsidiary of France Telecom.
Since launching operations in Dominica in 2006 - following the acquisition of Cingular Wireless -Digicel has built a state of the art network, offering customers the best coverage and best value in Dominica. As part of today's announcement, Digicel has made a significant investment in expanding the capacity of the Digicel network to ensure that Orange customers moving over to the Bigger, Better Network will enjoy the best coverage, the best value and the best care in the mobile market in Dominica.
On launching operations in Dominica, Digicel brought real competition to the mobile market through the introduction of a variety of first to market products and services such as free voicemail, call me, credit me - to name but a few - which drove change in the Dominican mobile market. Digicel is committed to ensuring that its customers receive the best network, the best service and the best value in Dominica and across of all its 32 operations worldwide.
Richard Stanton, Country Manager of Digicel Dominica: "Today, Dominica's Bigger Better Network just got even bigger and even better with our acquisition of Orange Dominica. Orange customers are now part of Dominica's largest network calling circle and, from today, will enjoy the multiple benefits of best value, best service and best network that Digicel delivers."
Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said of today's announcement: "In just eight years, Digicel has grown rapidly and now has operations in 32 markets worldwide. Our success across the Caribbean and beyond is based on ensuring that we deliver on our commitment to providing the best mobile experience, by our willingness to choose and invest in the right technologies and innovative products and services - and by ensuring we drive value for customers day in, day out. We're delighted to be welcoming the Orange customers to Dominica's Bigger, Better Network."
Yes it is a small market - but this could be a new trend for Digicel.
September 11, 2009
Jamaica Offers Most Robust Broadband in the Caribbean
The price gap between Cable Modem and other technologies continues to increase throughout the Caribbean. While on the 1Q08 Cable Modem rates were just 5% cheaper expensive than DSL, by 2Q09 the difference widened making Cable Modem rates 44% and 65% cheaper than DSL and fixed wireless broadband connections respectively.
Buenos Aires - September 9, 2009 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading telecommunications research and consulting firm for markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, presents the Fifth Edition of its market survey "Comparative Analysis of Broadband Rates in the Caribbean." This study forms part of a research program that also covers South and Central America, and analyzes the pricing strategy of 58 broadband operators in 25 markets in the Caribbean Basin and Bermuda.
The increase in UMTS/HSPA networks has yet to make a major impact on the offering of wireless broadband access by means of other technologies such as WiMAX mostly due to the limited amount of 3G networks throughout the Caribbean. "The eventual deployment and commercial launch of UMTS/HSPA services will increase the competitive pressure on WiMAX providers to reinforce their fixed wireless broadband offer by means of lower prices and faster transmission speeds", declared Juan Gnius, Vice President of Signals Telecom Consulting and co-author of the study.
Signals Telecom Consulting periodically surveys the broadband offering in order to track any changes on broadband speeds, rates, technologies used, and number of service providers, among others. "The results of the last survey conducted during the 2Q09 are available through the acquisition of Signals' Comparative Analysis of Broadband Rates in the Caribbean 5th Edition market report", explains Jose F. Otero, President of Signals Telecom Consulting and co-author of the study.
Key findings from the report include the following:
* Average installation price for a broadband connection during the 1Q08 - excluding seasonal promotions - was US$ 99.27. By 2Q09, the average broadband installation charge per technology was US$ 65.02 for Cable Modem, US$ 84.44 for DSL, and US$ 111.09 for fixed wireless.
* Jamaica exhibits a high segmentation of its broadband offer when compared to other Caribbean markets. As of 2Q09, downlinks data transfer speeds available from local providers included: 384 Kbps, 512 Kbps, 768 Kbps, 1 Mbps, 1.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 4 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 8 Mbps, and 15 Mbps.
* Although geographically not located in the Caribbean, Bermuda with a population of approximately 70,000 inhabitants has eight (8) fixed broadband service providers a higher number than most other markets in the region.
* The highest monthly rates for 1 Mbps downlink connections were provided by Guyana's Broadband Wireless (US$ 400), Belize's BTL (US$ 170.98), and Bonaire's Flamingo TV (US$ 54.29).
* The cheapest 1 Mbps downlink connection provided by LIME (Cable & Wireless) is found in Jamaica with a US$ 29.95 monthly fee and for 2Mbps in Grenada for US$ 26.34. On the other hand, LIME highest rate for this downlink speed - US$ 49 monthly fee - is found in both the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands and for 2 Mbps in the Turks & Caicos for US$ 79 monthly fee.
* The lack of international data traffic gateways continue to contribute for the high broadband rates of providers as Suriname's Telesur charging US$ 183 per month for a 512 Kbps DSL connection and in Guyana GT&T charged US$ 169.34 for the same type of connection while Broadband Wireless' charged monthly fee of US$ 200 for a fixed wireless connection of 512 Kbps.
* Flow Jamaica offers the faster residential downlink speed: 15 Mbps for US$ 37.22