Australia’s largest telecommunications company to acquire Digicel Pacific
Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, will continue to invest in and operate the business under the Digicel brand 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 would allow Telstra to build on Digicel Pacific’s leadership in the region and further strengthen mobile connectivity in Papua New Guinea.
“Denis O’Brien and the Digicel team have built a phenomenal business focused on delivering exceptional customer service, the best coverage and cutting-edge digital experiences. Telstra will add to these strengths and the local knowledge of the team with our experience of over a hundred years connecting the vast swathes of Australia to continue to deliver great experiences for Digicel customers across the Pacific.
“We have 19.5 million retail mobile customers in Australia and our 4G network is the largest and most reliable in the country. It covers some of Australia’s most remote regions – from the coast to the hinterland and the Torres Strait Islands, just off Papua New Guinea. And we are building Australia’s largest 5G network which now spans over 240 cities and 75% of the population,” said Camplin-Warner.
There will be no local job losses as part of the acquisition and Digicel Pacific’s current team will continue the day-to-day management of the business. Current Digicel owner Denis O’Brien will remain involved as a board member.
“We will invest our know-how and capital to expand coverage further and over time bring the benefits of 5G to Papua New Guinea. But we will retain the same Digicel brand that the people of PNG know and love today with the same team and services that they rely on,” Mr. Camplin-Warner said.
Mr Camplin-Warner said the acquisition was aligned with the growth strategy of Telstra International which today includes operations in 20 countries outside Australia with thousands of customers including businesses, governments and some of the world’s largest technology companies.
“Beyond Australia, Telstra also has the most extensive submarine telecommunications cable network in Asia-Pacific. And we are one of the largest providers of voice and data services connecting the South Pacific to the rest of the world via our Southern Cross cable.
“Network traffic is growing faster than at any other time and digital technology is changing our world. We are at the center of this, as is Digicel Pacific. We are committed to providing the best technology on the best network for PNG,” said Camplin-Warner.
Colin Stone, CEO of Digicel Papua New Guinea, said Telstra’s experience in rolling out a world-class 5G network and connecting various geographies will benefit residents and businesses in PNG.
“Telstra’s network innovation has been instrumental in Australia’s top spot in the Global Mobile Connectivity Index which rates networks on performance, accessibility and availability. We look forward to working with Oliver and the Telstra team,” said Mr. Stone.
Camplin-Warner said the values of the two companies were also well aligned.
“Digicel Pacific and Telstra are both committed to building a connected future so everyone can thrive, and that includes supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
“Digicel Pacific has taken community development to the next level through the Digicel Foundation’s investment in health, education and community programs. We look forward to continuing this work, just as we are doing today with the Telstra Foundation and its commitment to using technology to support young people and help bridge the digital divide.
“We are also committed to tackling climate change to help achieve better environmental outcomes for the people of PNG,” Camplin-Warner said.
Although the acquisition is backed by the Australian government, the business will be 100% owned and operated by Telstra.