Digicel Wins GSM License in Vanuatu
Published on: 13th Mar 2008
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Digicel Pacific has been awarded a license to operate a GSM network in Vanuatu after being awarded a mobile license in Fiji two weeks ago. Digicel Pacific will now offer a seamless pan pacific GSM network across five markets, including Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.
With mobile penetration in Vanuatu at just 16 percent, Digicel is planning an investment of USD35 million in building a GSM network and employing 70 members of staff.
"Digicel is delighted to be in Vanuatu. Digicel has operated in the region since 2006 and brings to Vanuatu an impressive track record in both Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Vanuatu is a very important market for us. Our goal is to become the number one operator in this market," said Vanessa Slowey, Digicel Pacific CEO.
Digicel Vanuatu also announces the acquisition of the previously owned Pacific Data Solutions (PDS) switch building and associated assets in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The building is a prime property in Vanuatu and will be used to house the Digicel Vanuatu office and telecommunications operations. This purchase did not include any of PDS' ongoing businesses, including its online gambling business.
Digicel Pacific is a sister company to Digicel Group, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean.