Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Digicel working to get services back up quickly after Irma – Slowey 

Digicel CEO for the Caribbean and Central America Vanessa Slowey.

Digicel CEO for the Caribbean and Central America Vanessa Slowey.

Digicel, the largest mobile telephone service provider in the Caribbean, is working assiduously to get services back up in the islands it operates in affected by Hurricane Irma. 

Digicel CEO for the Caribbean and Central America Vanessa Slowey spoke with  a number of international media outlets earlier Friday to update them on work conducted by Digicel to repair damage done to its telecommunications infrastructure by the worst storm formed in the Atlantic to hit the Caribbean . 

Slowey said the damage to the islands enveloped by Hurricane Irma was unprecedented and that it will take weeks if not months for these islands to fully recover.

She further noted that everything possible was done to prepare for these storms by the respective governments and the public. 

Exacerbating matters further Slowey pointed out impending  Hurricane Jose is expected to reach the Caribbean over the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Jose has been upgraded to a Category 4. Slowey added that Digicel was preparing for this upcoming hurricane. 

Drilling down on details the Digicel CEO reported that her company has deployed several hundred  technical personnel to the markets affected by the onslaught of hurricanes and that they are working  around the clock.

Work is being conducted to get markets like BVI, Turks & Caicos, St Martin, St Barts and Anguilla operational. Services have now been fully restored in Antigua, St Kitts & Nevis, Haiti and Monserrat.

Speaking with CNBC, Slowey said: “The message is we are on the ground working tirelessly and doing everything possible to restore services as quickly as possible.”