Pan-Caribbean cellco Digicel has announced that it has been awarded a licence to operate a GSM network in Suriname, extending Digicel’s mobile network to 23 markets. The new licence comes as a result of the liberalisation process of the telecoms market in Suriname, which started four years ago with the drafting of the New Telecommunication Provisions Act. This Act came into effect yesterday (16 April 2007). With a population of close to 500,000 Suriname’s mobile penetration is estimated at just over 40%.
‘Digicel will commence a rapid rollout of its 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. Digicel is delighted to be entering Suriname and the tremendous opportunity this allows us to deliver a superior alternative,’ said Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves. The move follows Digicel’s recent launches in two of Suriname’s neighbours, French Guiana (June 2006) and Guyana (February 2007).