Digicel To Reduce Global Workforce By 25%

February 22, 2017

As part of their “global transformation programme,” Digicel Group will be reducing their global workforce by approximately 25% over the next 18 months, with the first step being the “offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme opening on 1st March 2017.”

Digicel Group operates in 31 jurisdictions worldwide, including Bermuda, and when asked if the reduction applies to Bermuda as well, a spokesperson from the head office told Bernews, “The Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme is being offered across the globe and will be rolled out in keeping with local regulations.”

The statement from the company’s head office in Jamaica today said, “Digicel today announced its Digicel 2030 global transformation programme promising customers a completely new communications and entertainment experience made possible by a more agile, customer-centric application of resources and investment.

“Digicel also announced that it has signed a global partnership agreement with ZTE – a leading global provider of integrated telecommunication solutions – for an ongoing multi-year network upgrade programme.

“These initiatives occur as telecoms providers across the globe move to benefit from significant technology advances and manage changing customer needs in terms of data usage and competitive threats from unregulated OTT operators.

“Digicel becomes one of the first communications and entertainment providers in the world to initiate a wide scale transformation agenda. The core elements of the Digicel 2030 transformation see it undertaking a complete re-design of its organisational structure; putting customers in control and making a commitment to deliver a superior superfast network experience.

“Digicel is designing and integrating its organisation to be fit for purpose for 2030 and beyond. The future organisational structure will comprise a small number of regional hubs [two for the Caribbean and Central America regions and two for the Pacific region] housing back office centralised functions and delivering shared services allowing staff in Digicel’s 31 markets to focus on sales and enhanced service delivery – and ensuring that resources and investment are prioritised to drive competition and innovation.

“This will result in an approximate 25% reduction of the global workforce over the next 18 months with the first step in the process being the offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme opening on 1st March 2017.

“Over the last three years, Digicel has invested over US$1.65 billion in upgrading its networks and platforms and in rolling out fibre to the home and mobile broadband connectivity. Of particular note is the success of its fibre to the home offering with Digicel racking up 120,000 customers to date – well ahead of its business plan.

“Coupled with a ‘digital first’ approach, this means customers can enjoy an enhanced entertainment, content and business solutions experience with an array of advanced new products and services and a refreshed retail experience putting customers in the driving seat with Digicel delivering their total communications needs.

“With a hallmark of providing customers with the best network, Digicel is now taking things to the next level and initiating an ongoing data network upgrade programme.

“To this end, a global partnership agreement was signed on 9th February in Shenzhen, China, by Digicel Chairman, Denis O’Brien and Dr Zhao, Chairman and CEO of ZTE. With rollout commencing in the coming months, this is the largest network transformation ever undertaken by Digicel and customers will very soon start to see the benefits.

Commenting on the programme, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, explains; “We are building Digicel for 2030 and beyond. Our transformation programme sees us taking the bull by the horns and daring to be different by challenging the status quo and by innovation-led growth. That’s what we are known for and that’s what we will continue to be known for into the future.”

He continues; “Over the years, we have built a great company with a proud legacy of democratising communications and making an impactful contribution to countries and people across the globe. That’s something we all take great pride in. Now we’re on a mission to build Digicel for the future with our sights set on delivering a superior superfast network experience and putting our customers in control.”

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  1. Y-Gurl says:

    Here we go again, an overseas company buys a local company then makes mass redundancies, when will we learn?

  2. Chris Famous says:

    Yet the OBA gives them 80 something work permits for Non- Bermudians

    • Hmmm says:

      The “Department of Immigration” gave 80 something work permits (not that I agree with them) the same thing would have happened if the Government was PLP.

      Saw them holding stop signs the other day … Skilled?

    • Freshair says:

      You want them to upgrade their network this decade, or not?

  3. Jim says:

    I suppose Denis OBrien, the owner of Digicel, needs the extra cash for things like this:


  4. Myboy14 says:

    Government keeps buying from a foreign company so much for buying local.

  5. Freshair says:

    These are the dangerous words: “manage changing customer needs in terms of data usage and competitive threats from unregulated over-the-top operators” … so they think they need to manage customer data use (more active data caps?) and use of OTT (bye bye net neutrality?) Excuse me, it is not legitimate for you to hamper my use of streaming video and VOIP because it endangers your overpriced legacy cable TV and long distance businesses!