Costa Rica, Digicel's Upcoming Challenge

Costa Rica is next on the list for Digicel, telecommunications provider in Central America.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This was announced by Luis La Rocca, vice president of the board at Digicel Panama, who added that they have a 20% market share in Panama, after only one year of operations. reports: "Dicigel, founded in Ireland, made a $350 million investment in Panama, which included installing over 700 GSM/EDGE towers and 200 product and customer service stores in the country".

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