TchoTcho Mobile wins Consumer Service Innovation Award from Global
Telecoms Business magazine
TORONTO, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Scotiabank and Digicel together have won
the 2011 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award for Consumer Service
Innovation for TchoTcho Mobile. Global Telecoms Business magazine is
part of the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC group, a leading
international business-to-business media group focused primarily on the
international finance sector.
"Scotiabank is excited to be the recipient of this award and we're proud
to partner with Digicel and YellowPepper to offer this innovative and
affordable product to people in Haiti," said Luce Veilleux, Senior
Vice-President, Retail Products, Scotiabank. "It's important to us to
continue playing a positive role in Haiti's success by making financial
services accessible, promoting financial inclusion and enabling
businesses to grow and drive the successes of the Haitian economy just
as we have since 1972."
Colm Delves, Group CEO of Digicel, said, "We believe TchoTcho Mobile
will change the way people live and make transactions. With over 2.4
million subscribers and delivering 95 per cent population coverage and
the largest retail network, Digicel is uniquely placed to deliver
mobile money services successfully. We are delighted to receive this
award and certain that TchoTcho Mobile will fast become an essential
part of people's lives in Haiti."
The award was presented to Scotiabank and Digicel at the GTB Innovation
Awards ceremony held last night in London, England. The awards are
designed to celebrate collaboration between operators and vendors. The
Consumer Service Innovation award recognizes the most innovative
projects in the industry worldwide. The Global Telecoms Business
Innovation Awards were first presented in 2007. More information on the
awards can be found at www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com.
Scotiabank has been committed to Haiti and its success for almost 40
years through our branch network. Prior to the devastating earthquake
in Haiti in January 2010, only 10 per cent of Haiti's population used a
commercial bank. TchoTcho Mobile has helped make banking easy,
affordable and accessible to the 90 per cent of Haitians who are
unbanked but use mobile devices.
The service, run by a network of more than 500 agents, allows customers
to perform basic banking functions, such as withdrawals, deposits and
domestic money transfer to another mobile user. For businesses doing
their part to revitalize the country's economy, Tch Tcho Mobile has
allowed them to manage their payroll by transferring money directly
into employee accounts and accepting payment from customers for goods
and services all through the mobile wallet.
Scotiabank has been part of the Caribbean and Central America since
1889. It is now the leading bank in the region, with operations in 27
countries, including Haiti, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and
Tobago. The Bank has more than 15,237 employees in the region,
including affiliates, service more than two million customers, with 465
branches, kiosks and other offices, plus 1,068 automated bank machines.
Through the Bright Future program, Scotiabank focuses our charitable
efforts on causes and activities that can enhance the well-being of
children, particularly in the areas of education, health, wellness and
the environment. For more information on our program, please visit http://www.scotiabank.com/brightfuture/index.html
Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees,
Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers
in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad
range of products and services including personal, commercial,
corporate and investment banking. With assets above $571 billion (as at
April 30, 2011), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York
Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After almost ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5
million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central
America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best
value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific
sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these
regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the
title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is
the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the
Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its
markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua
New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development
In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars - an annual talent show
to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has
spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago
ranking as one of the top-rated shows.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla,
Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British
Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador,
Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras,
Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts &
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga,
Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has
coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.
Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.
For further information:
Sheena Findlay, Scotiabank Media Communications 416-866-6806; email@example.com
Antonia Graham, Digicel Group Head of Public Relations +1 876 564 1708 firstname.lastname@example.org