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Digicel Calls on Solomon Telekom to Stop Blocking Competition in the Solomon Islands

Digicel Calls on Solomon Telekom to Stop Blocking Competition in the Solomon Islands

APIA, SAMOA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/05/07 -- Digicel Pacific Ltd, the fastest-growing mobile operator in the South Pacific, is calling on Solomon Telekom to stop blocking competition in the mobile telecommunications industry following their legal action to prevent Digicel from providing any telecommunication services operating in the Solomon Islands.

According to Vanessa Slowey, CEO of Digicel Pacific Ltd, "By filing this injunction, we believe that Solomon Telekom is sending a clear signal that they fear competition and will do everything in their means to prevent the development of a healthy competitive and vibrant telecommunications industry in the Solomon Islands."

She continued, "Solomon Telekom has held a monopoly position for 18 years and yet mobile penetration stands at an unacceptably low 1.3%. The people of the Solomon Islands should not have to wait any longer to experience modern era telecommunications services at cheaper prices, accessible to far more people and communities than ever before; nor should they be robbed of all the associated benefits of competitors in the market place such as investment, job creation and community support.

"Given our track record we can promise that our mobile customers in the Solomon Islands and South Pacific region will never return to the days of unreliable coverage, expensive outmoded handsets and non-existent customer care. The Government of the Solomon Islands can rely on our support as they look to liberalize the Solomon telecommunications market," concluded Ms. Slowey.

In May 2006, Digicel received an experimental license from the Government of the Solomon Islands to operate a GSM license. The dynamic company is committed to building a seamless Pan South Pacific network just as its sister company has done in the Caribbean, and has already launched operations in Samoa in October 2006 and also has licenses in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu as well as a letter of intent from the government of Nauru.

About Digicel Pacific Ltd

To date, Digicel has launched GSM services in Samoa in November 2006. It has a GSM license from the Government of Papua New Guinea, and was granted a license in principle from the government of Fiji in April 2006, as well as an experimental license in the Solomon Islands. Digicel is also a proud sponsor of Fiji Rugby, and is title sponsor of the Digicel Fiji Sevens Team and the Digicel Pacific Islanders Team.

Digicel Pacific is committed to delivering a world-class mobile telecommunications services to the South Pacific that will transform the region by placing it at the cutting edge of wireless technology, while challenging competitors in a manner that drives positive business development.

The fast growing multinational mobile telecommunications company has a reputation for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage and superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.

Digicel Caribbean, the sister company to Digicel Pacific Ltd, launched in 2001 and is now the largest GSM provider in the Pan Caribbean region.

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Contact:
Niamh Byrne
Digicel Pacific
+ (679) 9485263

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