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Digicel Launches its new network in Suriname

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Digicel has launched its 23rd operation in the South American nation of Suriname heralding the end of a 25 year telecommunications monopoly. Digicel has made an initial investment of USD60 million in building its network and says that it is also the first operator to offer a continuous service across the South American countries of Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana. With a population of close to 500,000, Suriname's mobile penetration is estimated at just over 55%.

His Excellency Mr. Ronald Venetiaan, President of the Republic of Suriname, welcomed Digicel to Suriname, adding: "We are heralding a positive new era in telecommunications development in Suriname and I'm delighted that Digicel has come to Suriname to be a part of this change. We are confident that the company will have a positive impact on the lives of the people of Suriname as well as encourage further growth in our economy."

To date, Digicel employs close to 150 Surinamese staff and it is estimated that an additional 1,000 jobs have been created through its local dealerships and partners. Digicel Suriname, which has opened 28 stores and 5,000 recharge locations, is headed by Philip van Dalsen, who brings more than seven years' international experience in mobile and fixed telecommunications management.

"Reaching our 23rd market is a significant milestone for us and I want to welcome Suriname to the Digicel family," said Digicel Group CEO Mr. Colm Delves. "This is going to be a very exciting market for us and bodes well for our growth strategy ahead as we continue to build our customer base and roll out network in the Caribbean and beyond. We are proud to offer the best coverage, the best quality and the best value to the people of Suriname."

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People queue outside a Digicel store in Paramaribo

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