Haitian regulator issues extra spectrum to cellco to help relief efforts

2 Feb 2010

Haitian telecoms regulator Conatel has granted 12MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz band to local mobile operator Comcel (Voila) to help with relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake on 12 January, Stewart Sherriff, CTO with Voila’s US-based parent Trilogy International, told BNamericas. Sherriff stressed that the extra spectrum was crucial as networks were being stretched to the limit with the surge in traffic. ‘We’re very grateful for the 12MHz the government gave us. It will aid enormously in relieving the congestion we have in the network, he said. Voila now has 47MHz (2×23.5MHz) in the 850MHz band, whilst just a small 2×1.5MHz block remains set aside for emergency purposes.

Haiti, Comcel/Voila (now Digicel),

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