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Digicel Acquires Tonga Mobile Operator TonFon

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Digicel Pacific says that it has brought the Tonga mobile operator TonFon for an undisclosed sum. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, Digicel's acquisition also includes gaining TonFon's ISP and cable businesses.

"As part of our regional expansion in the Pacific, we are delighted to announce our first step into Tonga today. We believe we have a great opportunity to build on the success of TonFon by introducing innovative, new products and services into the market and expanding the operation. We are excited about all the benefits that will be experienced by the people of Tonga," said Vanessa Slowey, Digicel Pacific chief executive officer.

"This is a significant new development in the growth of Digicel in the Pacific region. Our aim is to place the entire Pan-Pacific region at the cutting-edge of wireless technology by delivering superior technology and being passionate about providing the best mobile phone service to customers," added Slowey.

Digicel first entered the South Pacific market with its launch in Samoa in November 2006, followed by the launch of Digicel Papua New Guinea in July 2007. The Governments of Fiji, Vanuatu and several other countries in the Pacific have committed to license Digicel in the near future.

Digicel South Pacific's sister company, Digicel Group, is the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to Central America. The company operates in 23 markets and has nearly six million customers.

The Kingdom of Tonga (Tongan for "south") is an independent archipelago in the southern Pacific Ocean. It lies south of Samoa and east of Fiji and is about a third of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii.

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