Digicel Services The World’s Most Violent Countries – and Barbados Too!

You simply must read the Forbes article on Digicel and its founder Denis O’Brien. Check it out here.

“Despite coups, corruption and kidnappings, cell phone maverick Denis O’Brien keeps pouring money into the world’s poorest, most violent countries. His bet: Give phones to the masses and they’ll fight your enemies for you.

Denis O’Brien professes not to understand why wall Streeters think his telecom business is risky. He says this while sitting in an office in Papua New Guinea that is protected by razor wire and a half-dozen guards carrying shotguns and pistols. O’Brien’s Jamaica-headquartered company, Digicel Group, began offering cheap cell phone service recently in this Pacific hellhole. The murder rate in PNG is one of the highest in the world, corruption is rife, and the government recently threatened to seize 130 cell towers that O’Brien had erected at a cost of $120 million….”

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6 responses to “Digicel Services The World’s Most Violent Countries – and Barbados Too!

  1. BGR

    Yuh gotta give him kudos for aggressive marketing campaigns in territories even rivalling C&W. Other than that the man is simply killing two birds with one stone. Make money off black people and the buyers will kill off the competition.
    So I agree wholeheartedly with Thompson. He did a good thing to implement a $4.00 charge on cell phones. Why give all to cell phone providers when government can get a bit more of the slice too. No need for anyone to have 3 cell phones unless they have something to hide. That will excuse businessmen of course, though not necessarily.

    Bajan Global Report
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  2. Anonymous

    DodgyCell?

  3. Matallie

    Thanks for the link BFP, I am now ‘au fait’ on Digicel’s operation or rather reasons for operating in the caribbean.

  4. Juris

    Please correct your spelling of DIGICEL, BFP.

  5. fantazamaraz

    Juat goes to show that Obama is an exception to yhe norm