DAE cancels St. Maarten flights until November 5

October 31, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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CURACAO/AIRPORT–The woes of Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) passengers have now turned into a Halloween nightmare. The airline has cancelled all its flights between St. Maarten and Curacao from yesterday until November 4. The first flight should be airborne on November 5.

Roy Mingo of airline agent Arrindell Aviation Services told The Daily Herald the airline had issued a bulletin Monday afternoon informing all travel agents and ticketing counters that one of its aircraft would be taken from Colombia to Mexico today for an engine change.

With DAE cancelling its flights many travellers wishing to move between St. Maarten and the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) had to resort to more expensive flights via Puerto Rico.

DAE’s ATR aircraft is undergoing its regular maintenance in Texas, which is taking longer than expected.

The airline has a fleet of five aircraft: three ATRs and two Fokker 100s. With these five aircraft, DAE carries out more than 210 flights per week. To guarantee punctuality, DAE fully deploys three aircraft and sometimes a fourth one, depending on the day, under normal circumstances. This means that two aircraft are on stand-by most of the time.

According to a press release from DAE, passengers who already have tickets or parts of tickets can get a refund, cash or a travel voucher. For those who accept a travel voucher, DAE will ‘throw in’ an additional 25 per cent, a refund of 125 per cent, for future travel.

Flights to and from Bogota, Colombia, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, have also been affected.

Last week’s solution of a chartered Laser aircraft from Venezuela was not possible this week because of maintenance work on that aircraft, explained DAE Managing Director Floris van Pallandt. Laser executed 42 flights for DAE, including some on the St. Maarten route. Passengers on the Sunday and Monday flights were transferred to Insel Air.

Van Pallandt stressed that aircraft were pieces of machinery that required maintenance and sometimes they broke down. This case, he added, was a typical example of “Murphy’s Law.” He reminded the public that, in the past two years, DAE had executed flights with a high rate of punctuality and with very few cancellations.

DAE apologised for the inconvenience and said it would do everything in its power to resume regular operations as soon as possible.

Source: The Daily Herald St. Maarten

Delta Air Lines to Offer Direct Service from Atlanta

October 17, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Curaçao Tourism Board announced that Delta Air Lines will be offering non-stop service from Atlanta effective December 22, 2007, making travel to Curaçao even easier for tourists nation-wide.

“We are thrilled that U.S. travelers will have another alternative that will facilitate their visit to Curaçao,” stated Evita Nita, Executive Director of Tourism for Curaçao. “We are confident that they will fall in love with Curaçao, and that they will enjoy everything that makes Curaçao Real. Different.”

Delta offers convenient weekly connections via Atlanta from over 40 U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Boston, Hartford, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Non-stop service to and from the island will be available on Saturdays on the following schedule:

Flight Departs Arrives
653 Atlanta at 9:45 a.m. Curaçao at 3:10 p.m.
652 Curaçao at 4:00 p.m. Atlanta at 7:40 p.m.

In addition to Delta’s new service, Continental Airlines flies non-stop weekly from Newark and American Airlines offers easy connections daily from cities nationwide.

The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is located off the coast of South America and on the outer fringes of the hurricane belt. Curaçao offers a melting pot of diversity of history and culture. It boasts more than 35 beautiful beaches, some of the world’s top dive sites and is a UNESCO World Heritage City thanks in part to its authentic 17th century Dutch architecture. You can visit museums and art galleries, experience fine dining and local cuisine, and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking. To learn more about Curaçao or to receive a free destination DVD, contact 1-800-328-7222 or visit www.curacao.com.


For Curaçao Tourism Board, Miami
Media Contact:
Hill & Knowlton SAMCOR
Cori Zywotow Rice, 305-443-5454

Velcro Industries N.V. Commences Tender Offer to Repurchase Shares

October 1, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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CURACAO, Netherlands Antilles, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Velcro Industries N.V. (“Velcro”) , holding company for the Velcro companies and the industry leader in hook and loop fasteners, today announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of its common stock. Under the terms of the tender offer, Velcro is offering to purchase for cash any and all outstanding shares of its common stock at a purchase price of US $21.00 per share.

The tender offer commenced today, October 1, 2007, and will expire on November 5, 2007 at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, unless extended by Velcro. The offer is not conditioned on any aggregate minimum number of shares being tendered. The offer is, however, subject to certain other conditions described in the Offer to Purchase dated October 1, 2007. Velcro will only accept for purchase shares tendered by a shareholder if such shareholder tenders all of the shares held by such shareholder. However, Velcro will accept for purchase shares registered in the name of a nominee and tendered by such nominee on behalf of a beneficial holder where all of the beneficial holder’s shares held by such nominee are tendered. Velcro reserves the right to waive this “no partial tender” condition of its acceptance for purchase of shares.

While Velcro’s Board of Directors has approved the tender offer, it does not, nor does Velcro, the information agent nor the depositary make any recommendation to shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their shares. Shareholders must make their own decision as to whether to tender their shares. In doing so, shareholders should read carefully the information in the Offer to Purchase and in the related letter of transmittal, including the purposes and effects of the offer. Shareholders should discuss their decision with their tax advisors, financial advisors and/or brokers.

This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any shares of Velcro’s common stock. The solicitation of offers to purchase shares of Velcro’s common stock will be made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase dated October 1, 2007 and related materials that Velcro is sending to its shareholders. The offer is not being made to, nor will tenders be accepted from or on behalf of, shareholders in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance of offers to sell shares would not be in compliance with the laws of that jurisdiction. Velcro may, at its discretion, take any actions necessary to make the offer to shareholders in any such jurisdiction. Velcro’s acceptance of tenders from or on behalf of shareholders in Canada is conditional upon Velcro obtaining exemptive relief from Canadian provincial securities legislation. Velcro is applying for such exemptive relief. MacKenzie Partners, Inc. will serve as information agent and Computershare Investor Services Inc. will serve as the depositary for the tender offer. Shareholders will also be able to obtain the Offer to Purchase and related materials at no charge from the information agent, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., at (800) 322-2885.

About Velcro Industries N.V.

Velcro Industries N.V. is incorporated and domiciled in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles as a Naamloze Vennootschap (public limited liability company) and acts as the holding company of the Velcro companies, which are primarily involved in the manufacturing and sales of VELCRO(R) and TEXACRO(R) brand fasteners, ULTRA-MATE(R) brand hook fasteners, and ONE-WRAP(R) brand straps throughout the world.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and the documents referenced herein may contain “forward-looking” statements and information, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially. Statements indicating that Velcro “expects,” “estimates,” “believes,” “is planning” or “plans to” are forward-looking, as are other statements concerning future financial results or other events that have not yet occurred. There are several important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements.

Intelsur-UTS telecom provider in Suriname set to launch in October

PARAMARIBO, Suriname: Intelsur-UTS, one of two new wireless GSM communications operators in Suriname, is set to launch its services in October under the brand name ‘Uniqa’ company officials have announced. At the launching ceremony of the new brand name here in Paramaribo, officials disclosed that the company will invest up to US$ 20 million in its operations.

Intelsur-UTS, a Suriname-Curacao joint-venture, several months ago won a licence to provide GSM communications services in Suriname. UTS holds 51 percent of the shares in Uniqa, while Intelsur holds the remaining 49 percent. The second license was awarded to Digicel.

Intelsur president Eric Leliënhof remains CEO of the joint-venture, while Tyrone Alberto of United Telecommunications Services (UTS) has been appointed as president of Uniqa.

During the launching ceremony UTS president and former prime minister of Curacao Anthony Godett disclosed that all is set to start operations in October. He further noted that one of the main targets of the new company is community development. In accepting their licenses the new telecom providers agreed to provide services all over the country including the rural areas and remote interior of Suriname.

Currently Intelsur-UTS and Digicel are negotiating an interconnection agreement with incumbent Telesur. Several weeks earlier the minister of Telecommunications and the Telecommunications Authority Suriname (TAS) intervened after state-owned Telesur was being accused of stalling the negotiations.

Liberalisation of the telecommunication sector in Suriname took effect in April this year when the new Telecommunications Act was published.

Digicel is awaiting completion of the interconnection negotiations to launch its services. Reports indicate that Digicel has already completed logistics set up of its network.

According to Leliënhof, Uniqa will provide, amongst others, internet, GPRS and SMS services with competitive tariffs. He noted that the negotiations to reach an interconnection agreement with the two other providers are going very well.

“It’s just a matter of talking care of the commercial aspects,” said the Intelsur president. Alberto noted that Uniqa will distinguish itself from the other companies by providing a quality service.

Currently UTS has operations in Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands.

Curacao minister of Telecommunications and Transport Maurice Adriaans was also present at the Uniqa launching ceremony and told reporters that the investments of UTS in Suriname are a step in the right direction for closer economic cooperation between Suriname and Curacao.

By Ivan Cairo
Caribbean Net News Suriname Correspondent

Source: Caribbean Net News

Life can be a beach for kidney disease patients thanks to the Curacao Dialysis Center

Willemstad, CURACAO–Hit the beach in the morning, go for kidney dialysis in the afternoon and enjoy a gourmet dinner in the evening.

It’s certainly not the usual itinerary for a southern vacation, but it’s all possible at the Curacao Dialysis Center.

“It’s a concept that now makes it possible for people who could never travel, to enjoy a Caribbean holiday with their families,” says Joost van Pelt, manager of the centre, which is next to the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino, one of this Dutch island’s most elegant resorts.

Those who live with kidney disease often require dialysis treatments that last as long as three hours, three times a week. It’s a gruelling schedule that tethers patients to their clinics, making travel virtually impossible.

That’s all changed – at least in Curacao – thanks to Jacob Gelt Dekker. An entrepreneur who has not only developed two of the finest hotels on the island, as well as the Museum Kura Hulanda, a world-renowned display of black history, Dekker saw a need and filled it.

Building the centre beside his luxury resort made it possible for travellers with kidney disease to enjoy all the amenities of a five-star hotel without missing a treatment.

Although the centre is equipped to handle 10 dialysis patients in each of three daily time slots and boasts cutting-edge equipment, it feels more like a chic private spa than a medical facility.

The furnishings are elegant, the music subdued and the trained staff as welcoming as any you’d find at the finest hotel.

A quick glance into one of the bright, spacious treatment rooms shows patients relaxing in large recliner chairs, checking email or watching flat-screen televisions while the dialysis takes place.

It’s an idea whose time has come – certainly in Curacao. Although originally designed to meet the needs of residents – there are now 44 regular patients – the tourist demand has been great.

“We’re planning an expansion in the near future,” says van Pelt.

Because Curacao is one of the lesser-known islands of the Caribbean, it offers a sense of away-from-it-all privacy. And that makes it ideal for those who prefer to receive treatments discreetly.

That air of seclusion has led clinic management to consider offering drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, believing that the combination of an upscale resort hotel and a top-quality clinic on a sunny, secluded island just off the coast of Venezuela, might have great appeal.

“We think,” says van Pelt, “that this is the beginning of a medical tourism trend in Curacao.”

Treatments cost about $400 U.S. per session, and there is a $95 doctor fee for each treatment. Special packages are available that include accommodation. For more details on the dialysis centre, see www.curacao-dialysis.com/english/index.html

Source: TheStar.com
Author: Liz Fleming

HSMAI Launches Puerto Rico Chapter As It Strengthens Presence In The Caribbean

February 8, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Press Releases, Travel and Tourism 

2/7/2007 10:41:08 AM

In a strategic move to re-establish its presence in the Caribbean region, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) launched a new chapter in Puerto Rico last week (Feb. 1, 2007), making it the 40th HSMAI chapter in the Americas.

“The charter of a chapter in Puerto Rico presents unlimited possibilities as the destination’s hospitality and tourism industry is so vital and dynamic,” said Fran Brasseux, executive vice president, HSMAI.

“The hospitality and travel community is excited by the knowledge and information HSMAI will bring, and we all understand the importance of learning, staying educated and network plays in today’s marketplace,” noted G. Armando Emanuelli, Puerto Rico Chapter board president and director of sales at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort.” “This initiative has been a long time coming, and the overwhelming enthusiasm and support of the industry at-large will ensure the chapter’s growth and success,” he added.

“We are also very excited about the accomplishments we’ve made in garnering support and participation from the local tourism communities and the members at-large,” Brasseux added. “Partnering with the local hotel and tourism organizations will be a driving force in making the Puerto Rico chapter grow and succeed.”

The HSMAI Puerto Rico Chapter Board includes:

President: G. Armando Emanuelli, Director of Sales, Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa Immediate Past President: Ramon Sanchez, Vice President of Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau Treasurer: Mitzi Segarra, Director, Destination Sales, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau Secretary: Jeannette Aviles, Director of Event Booking Centre, San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Director of Fundraising & Sponsorships: Charlie Bautista, Director of Sales, Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel Vice President of Membership: Margaret Colon, Director of Sales & Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Center Director of Students Committee: Wanda Hernandez, President, Caliope Events Management & Corporate Communications Director of Events: Alejandra Petkoff, Sales Manager, Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa Vice President of Education: Iván Puig, Director of Business Development. Ponce Hilton Golf & Casino Director of Committee Recruitment: David Reed, Partner, Entertainment Concepts Director of Technology: Gloribel Wachtel, Director of Marketing, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau Board Members At-Large: Esmeralda Perez, Director of Marketing – Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association (PRHTA) and Willie Chin, Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Resort

This initiative is on the heels of local HSMAI chapters started in Aruba and Curacao recently (along with partnerships with the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association and Curacao Tourism Association), and a chapter that is in development for the Dominican Republic.

The re-emergence in the Caribbean marketplace comes off the success of HSMAI’s partnership with the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), through which the organizations jointly-held the first Caribbean Sales & Marketing Strategy Conference in 2005. The second annual event took place in Miami, Dec. 7-8, 2006.

Individuals or hotel associations looking to establish or re-establish an HSMAI chapter should contact Fran Brasseux at (703) 610-9024.

HSMAI is an organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings®. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region.

For more information on HSMAI, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102, phone (703) 610-9024; fax (703) 610-9005, or visit the web site at www.hsmai.org.

Caribbean Star Airlines Postpones Curacao Launch; Full Refunds Provided to Passengers Ticketed on Flights Originally Scheduled to Begin July 13

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 28, 2006–Caribbean Star Airlines announced today that it has postponed plans to offer new service to/from Curacao. The move comes as the carrier re-focuses and expands its efforts toward achieving Category One status under the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA).

William E. “Skip” Barnette, president and CEO of Caribbean Star and its sister airline, Caribbean Sun, commented on the postponement, stating: “Cat One is our top priority right now. We’ve made tremendous strides throughout the year in elevating our customer care to world-class standards, but before we can offer our steadily improving product to a broader cross-section of the Caribbean, we must achieve Category One certification. Our operations staff and key executives are working closely with ECCAA officials to ensure the successful completion of the Category One recertification process.”

Barnette went on to reinforce Caribbean Star’s commitment to the Curacao market.

“Caribbean Star is 100% committed to offering service to Curacao. Again, with our emphasis on customer care, we’re being proactive and offering customers already ticketed on the postponed service full refunds. It’s our way of apologizing and showing good faith that we will be back before you know it.”

All Caribbean Star passengers ticketed and confirmed for postponed travel to/from Curacao are eligible for full refunds of all ticket charges. To claim compensation, Caribbean Star customers must send their tickets via regular mail to the following address:

Caribbean Star Airlines

Attn: Revenue Accounts/Refund Department

PO Box 1628 W


St. Johns, Antigua

Caribbean Star’s new Curacao service was originally scheduled to begin July 13, 2006, providing a new air link between Antigua in the northeast Caribbean and Curacao in south by way of Trinidad.

The ECCAA, which regulates the aviation industry in Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, was awarded Category One status by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in March 2006, requiring OECS-based carriers like Caribbean Star to be certified under the new guidelines in order to gain clearance to expand operations. Such provisions are required under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA) program. Established in August 1992, the IASA program focuses on a country’s ability, not an individual carrier’s, to adhere to international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance established by the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

About Caribbean Star Airlines and Caribbean Sun Airlines

Privately held Caribbean Star Airlines Limited was incorporated in Antigua in January 2000. Its sister airline Caribbean Sun Airlines Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, launched its maiden flight in January 2003. With a total of 19 Dash-8 aircraft, the most recent of which was commissioned into service in January 2006, the combined Caribbean Star/Caribbean Sun fleet is the largest and most modern in the Caribbean. A total of 19 Caribbean destinations are served by the two airlines, which transport some 80,000 people each month. More information about Caribbean Sun Airlines and Caribbean Star Airlines is available at their respective Web sites, www.flycsa.com and www.flycaribbeanstar.com.

Caribbean Star Airlines Limited and Caribbean Sun Airlines Inc. are affiliated but separate companies. The air service provided by each carrier is operated independently of the other, and the rules applicable to travel on each airline may be different.

Sports Betting: How To Make Online Betting Work For You

Football betting on your favorite NFL picks made fun, easy, and low-risk. NBA Basketball and other sports are also available.

(PRWEB) January 5, 2006 — Today’s sports betting enthusiast, and there are millions of them around the world, trying to enjoy a friendly wager on a favorite team or teams can be challenged by online betting options. Football betting and basketball betting, to name two popular sports, can be daunting plus require a significant investment in time and money. Football picks , NFL picks, NFL odds…how does the average person keep track of it all?

CoolSportsPools.com has developed an easy answer at its new site at www.CoolSportsPools.com. Rather than being seen as a sports bookmaker, the web site is more of a sports pool promoter.

“We wanted to create a fun environment where the average person can fulfill his sports betting desires without the hassle and pressure of dealing with Las Vegas type, high-pressure bookmakers,” said David Rippe, president of Celestia International, a marketing firm. “Plus, our research showed us that many people, including college students, like the idea of competing in sports pools with their friends and co-workers. We’ve developed a solution that doesn’t require a big investment but can return relatively large winnings.”

Starting with NFL football, NBA basketball, and NHL hockey, CoolSportsPools.com offers several different types of pools, with each pool limited to a fixed number of players. New sports pools will be offered as their respective seasons go live.

“The idea of wagering a small amount, say $5, against your friends and others, makes the sports betting experience more fun and exciting,” David Rippe continued. “Our idea is to offer online sports betting pools in all of the active sports when they’re being played. We’re really looking forward to the NCAA tournament during March Madness.”

Football betting , with the NFL playoffs beginning, is currently drawing a lot of interest. Individuals that have their favorite NFL picks and have some knowledge of the NFL odds can immediately register and play in the pool of their choice.

CoolSportsPools.com N.V. is located in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. It operates under an international online gaming license issued under the authority of Curacao Netherlands Antilles.

Shell Fenceline Communities: Shell CEO Must Deliver On His Promises

December 8, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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AMSTERDAM – December 8 – Communities living on the fenceline of Shell’s operations from around the world met today with Shell CEO Van de Veer to ask for concrete commitments to solve their serious environmental and health problems.

Van de Veer agreed to a direct line of communication from the fenceline communities to the highest level of decision making within Royal Dutch Shell. However, Van der Veer did not want to take ultimate responsibility for the operations of his local facilities, which is a matter of concern to the fenceline groups.

Shell admitted that stakeholder dialogue must be improved and that monitoring of emissions can be done better, but claims that it cannot prescribe or dictate specific improvements to local plant managers. Shell refused to agree upon criteria for the engagement of community groups on environmental issues.

Before the company’s AGM in April 2006, the groups will report to Shell and the public what progress has been made on these issues. The groups will continue to campaign locally and globally to stop the company’s wrongdoings. Shell will be expected to deliver on its promises, particularly in projects under development where crucial construction decisions will be made, such as those in County Mayo, Ireland and Sakhalin Island.

“Shell talks about its philosophies, but philosophy doesn’t fix pipelines and it doesn’t cure pollution-related illness” says Norbert George from Curacao. “The ball is in Shell’s court to show that they live up to their standards, and this should be demonstrated by concrete actions.”

“Shell’s double standards have been well documented,” said Desmond D’sa from Durban, South Africa. “They use cleaner and safer technologies at the Shell refinery in Denmark than they do in Durban, for example.”__

Shell’s management agreed to a direct line of communication for fenceline neighbors to the CEO, and also agreed to consider the installation of real time fenceline air monitoring at their refineries. However, the company declined to agree to the following requests: objective criteria for engaging appropriate stakeholders on environmental issues (denied); expedited timeline for upgrading aging equipment in developing countries (denied); a joint process to determine responsibility for contamination from operations (denied); and the erasure of double standards in their operations in developed nations versus developing nations (disagreement upon the facts).__

The delegation from Shell consisted of high-level senior managers. From the fenceline communities, there were representatives from Nigeria, South Africa, Curacao, Texas and Brazil. Shell’s operations have been a concern of the global alliance of fenceline communities for three years, and affected groups have issued numerous reports documenting Shell’s poor performance.

For more information see: www.shellfacts.com

Redknee to Partner in Digicel’s Expansion Across 15 Caribbean Countries

TORONTO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Redknee, Inc., a leading global provider
of communication software to wireless network operators, announced today it
won a contract to become a strategic partner to the Digicel Group as it moves
forward in expanding its GSM network across 15 countries in the Caribbean
Redknee said it would extend Customer Care and Billing/Settlement
functionality including CRM and USSD applications to additional Digicel
islands, as well as provide complete integration with Ericsson’s prepaid
charging system.
With the completion of Digicel’s acquisition of seven Cingular Wireless
operations in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, the company is now in a
position to increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Dominica and has
received regulatory approval for the acquisition of Cingular’s operations on
the islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines where
Digicel already operates. The company looks forward to receiving regulatory
approval in the remaining islands of Barbados, the Cayman Islands in the near
Having acquired Curacao Telecom in March 2005, Digicel, the fastest
growing mobile operator in the Caribbean, is also preparing to launch in Haiti
and Trinidad & Tobago, This impressive expansion brings the company to 15
countries of operation, covering a total population of 14 million.
“Digicel is pleased to partner with Redknee as we enter this next exciting
phase of growth,” said Mario Assaad, Chief Technology Officer at Digicel
Group. “Redknee’s advanced software will play a key role in ensuring our
expansion will be as seamless an experience as possible for new and existing
customers. We look forward to Redknee’s support for a smooth migration of our
newly acquired prepaid customer base and postpaid subscribers into Digicel’s
Converged Billing solution and messaging platform respectively.”
The deployment of Redknee’s Customer Care and Billing/Settlement services
will begin later this year. Redknee did not disclose any financial details
about the deal.
“Digicel’s expansion is a testament to their rapid and successful growth
as the fastest growing mobile operator in the region,” said Lucas Skoczkowski,
CEO of Redknee. “This expansion announcement exemplifies our long time
partnership with Digicel, and Redknee is committed to helping Digicel build on
their current successes and vision to deliver a wireless network that
stretches across the entire Caribbean region.”
With investments in the Caribbean exceeding well over US$600 million,
Digicel is making significant strides in its mission to create a seamless
pan-Caribbean network. The company records a 67 percent market share across
all its current markets and anticipates a 30 percent increase in staff by the
end of 2006 from its current figure of 1051, due to subscriber growth and
market expansion.

About Redknee:
Redknee is a leading provider of telecommunication software solutions,
which enable network operators and service providers to deliver innovative
value-creating services. Redknee’s commercially deployed suite of software
products seamlessly integrates into customer networks and provides a full set
of business-critical network capabilities. Redknee’s capabilities include
service provisioning, real-time converged billing, messaging, service control,
customer relationship management solutions which provide value-added
functionality to wire-line, mobile, circuit-switched, and VoIP service
Redknee’s breadth of experience and robust, scalable architecture allows
our customers to enhance their service portfolio and network capabilities,
while leveraging Redknee’s best-in-class technical delivery organization to
ensure a rapid and efficient deployment and service launch.
Redknee’s next-generation software delivers innovative services to over 25
top tier network operators, with over 185 million subscribers worldwide.
Redknee’s global headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Redknee:
For more information, contact
Redknee Inc
Tel: +1-905-625-2622
Fax: +1-905-625-6485
Email: marketing@redknee.com


About Digicel
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless
telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has
become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer
care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.
It is the largest GSM operator in the region.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in eight countries
including Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with plans to launch in Trinidad &
Tobago and Haiti. Digicel has entered into an agreement to acquire, subject to
regulatory approval, Cingular Wireless’ Bermuda and Caribbean operations that
will significantly increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Bermuda, Anguilla, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica and allow
licenses in St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Barths. Digicel’s market
share in The Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent &
the Grenadines, will also be strengthened as Cingular’s customer base will
transition to Digicel.

Contact Digicel:
Maureen Rabbitt
Public Relations Manager
T: +876-511-5272
E: maureen.rabbitt@digicelgroup.com

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