Natcom denies rumours of Digicel acquisition

25 Jul 2014

Trien Nguyen Dang, CEO of Vietnamese/Haitian state joint venture cellco Natcom, has refuted speculations that rival operator Digicel is planning to acquire the company, Haiti Libre reports. The executive reportedly said that the rumour has been circulating for ‘almost a month’, and competitor handset distributors have allegedly taken advantage of it by proposing to exchange Natcom devices for those of its rival Digicel. Further, Nguyen Dang Trien condemned the practice as ‘unfair competition’ and ‘abusive’, and pointed out that it held several meetings with telecoms regulator, the Conseil National des Telecommunications (Conatel), to address the issue.

Meanwhile, the CEO also revealed that the operator is in ‘good financial health’, with more than 200,000 net subscriber additions in the six months to end-June 2014. The operator covers around 95% of the population with its services, and has deployed over 600km of fibre optic cabling. Further, the executive indicated that Natcom would soon test ‘true 4G’ in Haiti under a license granted by Conatel.