Digicel is a Caribbean mobile phone network and home entertainment provider operating in 33 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania regions. The company is owned by Irish businessman Denis O'Brien, is incorporated in Bermuda, and is headquartered in Jamaica.
|Founded||April 19, 2001|
|Caribbean, South America, Pacific|
(Executive Chairman & Interim CEO)
|Products||Mobile, Fixed Broadband, Wireless Broadband, Satellite Television, Cable, Mobile Money|
|Revenue||$2.8 billion (2015)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Digicel, Trend Media Group, Prism Services Jamaica|
Digicel was founded in 2001 by Irish entrepreneur Denis O'Brien. The company launched in April 2001 in Jamaica. In March 2003, Digicel expanded to St. Lucia and St. Vincent. In 2005, Digicel purchased Cingular Wireless' Caribbean and Bermuda operations.
In May 2006, Digicel began operations in Haiti. Between 2006 and 2008, Digicel expanded into the Central American mainland, as well as the Pacific. In September 2006, it acquired an unrelated mobile phone provider Digicel Holdings in El Salvador.
OUR court rulingsEdit
In April 2002, Digicel received permission from Jamaica's then-minister of industry, commerce and technology, Phillip Paulwell, to disregard the interconnectivity fee ceiling issued by the Offices of Utilities Regulation (OUR). Following a judicial review, it was determined that Paulwell did not have the power to make this decision. Digicel appealed the ruling to the Jamaican Supreme Court in 2003 and won. OUR appealed the decision to the appellate court, which ruled Paulwell's decision was outside his powers and OUR didn't have to comply with Paulwell's directive. Digicel appealed to the Privy Council, Jamaica's final court of appeal, which upheld the appellate court's decision in 2007.
Digicel appealed the decision to the United Kingdom Privy Council. In January 2010, the Council ruled in favour of the OUR, meaning LIME (formerly Cable & Wireless Jamaica) was allowed to keep the J$340 million Digicel had been ordered to pay them by the Jamaican courts.
Digicel Mobile Money, a mobile banking service, was launched in Fiji in July 2010. Also in 2010, Digicel launched TchoTcho, a cash app for money transfers to phones in Haiti. In 2011, Mobile Money in Fiji was expanded to allow transfers to and from Australia and New Zealand at no cost.
In February 2011, Digicel took a controlling stake in Netxar Technologies, a leading systems integrator in the Caribbean region. In March, Digicel announced that it was selling its operations in Honduras and El Salvador to Mexican telecom company America Movil, and America Movil was selling its operations in Jamaica to Digicel. In March 2012, Digicel acquired Comcel / Voila, its main competitor in Haiti.
In May 2012, the Tax Authority Jamaica (TAJ) visited Digicel's offices in New Kingston with an order from the Jamaican supreme court to look for data regarding the company's payment of the general consumption tax. A couple of weeks later, TAJ and Digicel agreed to have more dialogue surrounding the situation.
In October 2012, American Movil announced it wouldn't acquire Digicel's operations in El Salvador.
Digicel acquired SAT Telecom, a cable and internet company in Dominica, in February 2014 and relaunched the brand as Digicel Play in October of that year. In September, Digicel acquired Telstar Cable Limited in Jamaica.
In July 2017, Digicel bought 16.6% of Tonga Cable from the government.
In January 2019, O'Brien named Jean-Yves Charlier as chief executive, replacing Michael Willner.
In November 2020, Digicel announced that, in its financial second quarter to the end of September, its earnings have dropped due to impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Digicel is a sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Asia-Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams in these regions. From 2005 to 2018, Digicel sponsored The West indies cricket team.
In 2008, Digicel announced that they would sponsor the Vanuatu national cricket team, as well as the National Rugby 15's and 7's teams. That same year, Digicel became the sponsor of the Digicel Cup for rugby in Fiji.
The Digicel Foundation is active in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea. In Haiti, the Digicel Foundation helped rebuild after the 2010 Haiti earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Projects have included building primary schools and restoring the historic Iron Market.
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