PRESS RELEASE – Earlier this month, DIGICEL St. Lucia Ltd and The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) entered into a contractual agreement to install 15 public payphones in rural communities throughout St. Lucia.
The project is a continuation of the existing payphone infrastructure operated by DIGICEL. Digicel in an effort to enable everyone to stay connected, will install public payphones in rural communities throughout St. Lucia allowing easy and affordable access to telecommunication services.
In an age where communication is the foundation of all human interaction, accessibility of a public phone booth is essential and as it plays a critical role in providing access to social services. Varying communities around St Lucia are in need of this vital service and Digicel has committed to making available payphones in several communities.
Through the telecoms survey of 2011 commissioned by the NTRC via The Universal Service Fund (USF office) it was highlighted that there is a need for payphone services. Fifteen areas in St Lucia were deemed underserved with telecommunication services. Digicel will erect one payphone in a central location of each of the fifteen communities to avail this service to all.
Installations will be taking place in Grand Riviere, Boguis, Ciceron, La Croix, Richfond, Jacmel, Deniere Riviere, Fond St Jacques, Mon Repos, Micoud, Desruisseaux, Saltibus, Pierrot, Choiseul and Laborie.
“Under the drive for universal access to affordable telecommunications, Digicel is pleased and aware that this project will place public telephones in key areas with high traffic and provide the access to affordable voice communication”, said Cladette Wilfred Distribution & Recharge Executive, Digicel St Lucia.