Digicel Enters Dominica

Government approves Digicel's planned acquisition of Cingular Wireless' Dominica operation

August 18, 2005

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ROSEAU, Dominica -- Digicel Group, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, has today confirmed that the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has approved in principal the company's planned acquisition of Cingular Wireless' Dominica operation. Full approval will be subject to any conditions following the special meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Council of Ministers.

This development represents an important milestone as Digicel moves forward with its agreement to acquire Cingular Wireless' Caribbean and Bermuda operations as part of its mission to create a seamless pan Caribbean network with enormous benefits for the region and its customers.

The purchase, which is subject to regulatory approval on each individual island, will expand Digicel's network to Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, in addition to its existing nine markets of operation which include the most recent addition of Trinidad & Tobago. The acquisition also strengthens Digicel's market share in the Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, where Cingular's customer base will transition to Digicel and licenses to provide service in St. Martin, St. Barths, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

"Based on the enormously impressive market penetration shown in Jamaica and in the OECS islands, we are confident that the presence of Digicel in Dominica will bring increased competition which will result in new and improved quality of services provided, better coverage and lower prices to the Dominica consumers. In addition to the company playing a significant role in raising the quality and level of communications services on the island, we look forward to their active participation in the development of Dominica's communities," said Minister Reginald Austrie, Minister for Housing, Lands, Telecommunications, Energy and Ports.

"We are delighted to have received this approval in principal from the Commonwealth Government of Dominica," said Digicel Chairman, Denis O'Brien. "We wish to thank Minister Austrie and the government of Dominica for the level of support they have shown both Digicel and Cingular and we look forward to full confirmation in the near future. We are working with Cingular on full integration plans to ensure that this process will be as seamless as possible with former Cingular customers in Dominica being able to keep their mobile phone, telephone number as well as their current benefits."

"As the best performing network with the widest coverage in the Caribbean, Digicel is committed to changing the face of mobile telecommunications on the island by focusing on raising the acceptable levels of quality and coverage of calls for Dominican customers as well as introducing our award winning customer care service," added Digicel Eastern Caribbean CEO, Mr. Kevin White.

Digicel Group

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