Digicel scores with cricketers

Digicel is scoring high with cricket and football fans across the region as popularity for its mobile content services increases amongst its customers.

The company predicts an overall growing market for mobile content in the region as penetration of cutting-edge handsets continues to increase among its customers noting that sports content is a key common area fuelling growth across its network of 20 operations, states a press release.

More and more sports-loving Digicel customers are swiftly beginning to interact with sports content on their mobile phones. A key factor in the adoption is Digicel’s ability to roll out state of the art GSM infrastructure from partners such as Ericsson and handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson that can support customers growing demand for mobile content.

Since Digicel took up its title sponsorship of West Indies Cricket two years ago, it has introduced a comprehensive cricket mobile content offering which provides fans with mobile team news, match commentaries, scores, a java cricket game, pictures, trivia, and player profiles. On average, customers have downloaded approximately 1,000 images of players and matches per month, and more than 60,000 entries for mobile cricket competitions.

Digicel added World Cup football content to support fans interest in the tournament especially Trinidad & Tobago, home of the Soca Warriors who made their first World Cup appearance this year. This mobile content gained traction with fans immediately recording approximately 500,000 game alerts sent to mobile handsets since the start of the competition.

In countries such as Haiti where football is the passion of the nation, the company has been running a first of its kind text based football competition which has been popularly received by its growing customer base. Digicel launched in Haiti on May 3, 2006 and is title sponsor of the Haitian Football Federation. The company is the largest official sponsor of all time of the National League and one of the largest ever official sponsors of the Haiti Nation Football team.

‘We know our customers love sports so we didn’t waste anytime bringing this interaction to the Caribbean mobile market,’ said Ben Atherton, marketing director for Digicel. ‘Our mobile content for sports is by far one of the most successful entertainment offerings we have created for our customers and compliments well our major sport sponsorships.’

‘In each of our sponsorships such as West Indies Cricket or the Digicel Caribbean Cup, we are committed to supporting the growth and popularity of the sports across the region. Mobile content plays a key role in bringing fans closer to the game’ he added.

To access these services customers are advised to open their web browser on their Digicel Live enabled phone and enter wapdigicel.com.