Trilogy man presents investment plans, development ideas for Haiti

25 Mar 2010

John Stanton, chairman of Trilogy International, the US parent of Haiti’s second largest cellco Comcel (Voila), has set out his aims for the wireless sector in the earthquake-ravaged country. In a keynote speech on Wednesday at the wireless industry’s CTIA trade show in Las Vegas, Stanton called for the Haitian government to create an ‘all-wireless nation’ with more robust networks for the population of nearly ten million and to build an economy centred on mobile technology, the Washington Post reported. ‘By deploying state-of-the-art wireless systems, we enable less-developed countries to leapfrog older technologies, and those systems become the foundation for a new economy,’ he said. Trilogy has told the government that more mobile spectrum is needed for commercial carriers to develop networks, expand coverage and better serve existing users, and Stanton said that the US firm has committed investment of between USD80 million to USD100 million in Voila’s infrastructure. Mr Stanton was previously a founder of VoiceStream, which became T-Mobile USA, and was also formerly a chief executive of the latter company.