Australia’s largest telecommunications company acquires Digicel Pacific

Telstra will continue to invest in and operate the business in its six South Pacific markets – Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Oliver Camplin-Warner, CEO of Telstra International, said the deal was an exciting step for the Digicel Pacific business and its customers in Papua New Guinea.

“We are very pleased to welcome Digicel Pacific to the Telstra family. The Digicel Pacific team in PNG has incredible local expertise and is the leader in digital experiences for its customers. Together we will work to ensure that Digicel Pacific remains the number one supplier in PNG,” he said.

Mr. Camplin-Warner confirmed that there would be no local job losses in the Pacific as part of the acquisition and that the current Digicel Pacific team would continue the day-to-day management of the business.

“Digicel Pacific will always have the same people and products their PNG customers know and love today,” he said. “Telstra will add to these strengths our experience of over a hundred years building and operating Australia’s largest mobile network, and our operations in over 20 countries around the world.”

“As part of our commitment to build a strong and sustainable PNG, Digicel Pacific will invest in an additional 115 towers to be built across PNG over the next two years,” Camplin-Warner added.

“This investment will result in continued improvements in 4G coverage, particularly in rural areas, which will bring opportunities for improved health, education, agriculture, commerce and culture through to the use of technology”.

Colin Stone, CEO of Digicel Papua New Guinea, said Telstra’s expertise in deploying world-class networks and connecting remote communities would greatly enhance Digicel’s work to date and benefit people and businesses. of PNG.

“Telstra has experience connecting regional and remote customers in challenging geographies across mountains, deserts, rainforests and coastlines,” Stone said.

“We look forward to Telstra applying its network experience, innovation and technology solutions to PNG to continue to increase connectivity in the region, as Digicel has done for 14 years.”

Mr Camplin-Warner said the values ​​of Telstra and Digicel Pacific fit naturally, with the companies committing to working together to build a connected future for all.

“We strongly believe that we are ‘better together’, and that includes how we both work to support some of the most vulnerable in our communities,” he said.

“Telstra strongly supports Digicel Pacific’s grassroots community investments through the Digicel Foundation, and we are committed to seeing this work continue.”

Mr Camplin-Warner said Telstra had worked closely with Pacific governments and regulators on the acquisition and thanked them for their cooperation and support.

Sean B. Jackson