Denis O’Brien’s Digicel has been awarded a licence to operate a GSM network in Suriname, the 23rd market for the relentless mobile telecommunications company.
Suriname has a population of close to 500,000 and its mobile penetration is estimated at just over 40pc.
The telecommunications market began to be liberalised in Suriname four years ago.
Suriname’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Tourism His Excellency Drs MSH Hassankhan decreed: “We are entering an exciting new era in telecommunications in Suriname, bringing more advanced services at more competitive prices and allowing more people than ever before to access mobile technology.
“Digicel comes to Suriname with an impressive track record across the Caribbean. We are excited about its entry into Suriname and certainly looking forward to reaping the benefits of its customer-centric focus and innovative mobile telecommunications.”
Digicel will invest in a state-of-the-art infrastructure and offer innovative and accessible mobile services. Already a direct employer of more than 3,000 people in the Caribbean and Latin American region, Suriname will also benefit from significant direct and indirect job creation that will follow from Digicel’s presence in the marketplace, the company said.
“Digicel will commence a rapid rollout of it service and give the people of Suriname the opportunity of choosing a service provider that will offer superior customer care, better value for money and wider coverage,” said Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves.
By Niall Byrne
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