Digicel Makes Advances in Green Power Deployment in Vanuatu

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA today announced that
Digicel, supported by the GSMA Development Fund, has completed the second
phase of its green power network implementation and is using wind and solar
energy solutions to power 25 base stations on the Pacific archipelago of
Vanuatu. Digicel, which is the leading mobile operator in Vanuatu, now
carries more than 60% of its network traffic on base stations powered by
renewable energy sources.

Typically, off-grid base stations have been powered by generators running
on diesel, which is increasingly erratic in price, is costly to distribute and
generates carbon dioxide emissions. Digicel’s approach of using solar, wind
and hybrid power provides a more cost-effective and reliable solution than
either solar cells or wind turbines alone, to bring GSM coverage to some of
the most remote communities in Vanuatu.

“By implementing alternative sources of energy, we are able to connect the
unconnected, making communications accessible to many in Vanuatu for the first
time,” said Tanya Menzies, CEO of Digicel Vanuatu. “The work we are doing in
Vanuatu is particularly important to the Digicel Group, as it’s serving as a
model for alternative power deployments for other Digicel networks around the

Digicel, which launched commercial service in June 2008, recently
completed the second phase in the project, bringing the current number of
green-powered base stations to 25. Additionally, in 2009, Digicel plans to
install a new wind turbine to an existing wind farm to power a portion of its
sites, enabling the operator to reduce its annual power bill by an order of

“The GSMA created the Green Power for Mobile programme with two objectives
in mind: to promote the use of green power to expand mobile networks into
regions currently lacking coverage, and to facilitate the systematic reduction
of reliance on diesel by operators,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing
officer for the GSMA. “Our work with Digicel further demonstrates the
commercial viability of implementing renewable energy systems on a broad scale
and has helped establish best practices for future green power projects.”

About Digicel Pacific

Since its launch in the South Pacific in November 2006, Digicel has become
the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Pacific, with current operations in
Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The company was recently granted
licenses by the Governments of Fiji and has commitments from several other
countries in the Pacific.

Digicel has contributed to the 0.7% growth to the GDP of Papua New Guinea
since its launch as the second mobile operator on July 20, 2007.

Digicel is the largest operator in the Caribbean operating in 23 markets
and rolling out new operations in Central America. The company is renowned for
competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, and superior customer care, a wide
variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.

For more information, please visit http://www.digicelvanuatu.com or

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications
industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the
world’s mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers,
Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is
focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its
membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile
communications industry. For more information, please visit

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