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Digicel Consumer Guide

Digicel Consumer Guide

Welcome to Digicel (“us”, “we”, “our”). This Consumer Guide informs our retail customers (“you”, “your”) about the terms and conditions on which we supply communications and content services to you. This Consumer Guide is not itself the terms and conditions of our supply. The terms and conditions of our supply are available at along with an online copy of this Consumer Guide. 

A hard copy of this Consumer Guide is available from any Digicel Flagship Store and selected Digicel dealer outlets throughout Papua New Guinea. You can also obtain a copy of this Guide by contacting our Customer Care by dialling 123. If you have any queries about the terms and conditions of our supply of communications services to you, please contact our Customer Care team.

This Consumer Guide applies only to communications services supplied by Digicel (PNG) Limited and Digicel Media Ventures (PNG) Limited (collectively or individually referred to as “Digicel”). It does not apply to services supplied by third parties that you may access through our network.

We may revise this Consumer Guide from time to time. The latest version of our Consumer Guide is the version published at

1             Our services

1.1       Our Communications services

We provide a range of communications services including voice calls, SMS, Internet access and other data services. 

Our services are available wherever you can access Digicel’s network. We estimate that Digicel’s mobile network covers about 90% of the population of Papua New Guinea. We are constantly investing to extend our network coverage.

Certain services are only available if you have access to Digicel’s 3G or 4G/LTE network. Our 3G network covers all the main centres of Papua New Guinea as well as many rural areas of Papua New Guinea. We are constantly upgrading our network to 3G. 

If you would like more information about our supply of services, please contact our Customer Care.

1.2       Our Content services

We also provide a range of content services including subscription television delivered using Digital Terrestrial Television (“DTT”) and Direct To Home (“DTH”). We estimate that our DTT and DTT network covers 10% of households and our DTH network covers 100% of households.

2             To obtain our services

2.1       Our Communications services

You may obtain communications services from us on a prepaid basis or on a postpaid basis.

If you are a prepaid subscriber, you must have a positive credit balance to use communications services. You must also top up your credit balance regularly and use our services regularly. If you do not use our services for 90 days, we may designate you as an inactive subscriber and disconnect your service.

If you are a postpaid subscriber, we may require you to provide a non-interest bearing security deposit, depending on our assessment of your credit risk. We may review your credit risk assessment from time to time and require you to increase your security deposit. We may, but are not obliged to, apply your security deposit to pay any amounts you owe us. If we do so, you must restore your security deposit to its original level. If your service terminates or expires, we will refund your security deposit after paying any amounts you owe us.

If you are a new Digicel subscriber, you must register your personal details with us. We will ask you for your biometric data (fingerprints and facial image), name, date of birth and address. We may ask you for documentation to verify your identity. Such documentation may include your birth certificate, your driver’s license, or your passport. 

If you are an existing Digicel subscriber, you must also register your personal details with us by the date as required under the SIM Card Registration Regulation or similar regulation (“cut off date”). If you do not register by the cut off date, we may disconnect your service.

2.2       Our Content services

To obtain our television service, you must install a Digicel Play box and an aerial (for DTT) or satellite dish (for DTH). The aerial or satellite dish must meet certain specifications approved by us.

Our television service is supplied in the form of packages that consist of one or more channels. You may access some packages free of charge, while other packages are only available if you pay for the packages using airtime credits.

3             Your personal information

Your personal information is protected under the laws of Papua New Guinea (Privacy Law).

We may collect your personal information in the following ways:

(a)   When you give us information. For example, many of our services require you to register an account with us. When you do, we will ask for personal information like your name, email address, mobile number, credit card or other information that personally identifies you.

(b)   When you use our services. We may collect information about the services that you use and how you use them. This information includes:

(i)     Device information

We may collect device-specific information (e.g., handset, notebook and computer) and mobile network information including phone number. Digicel may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Digicel account.

(ii)    Log information

When you use our services or view content provided by Digicel, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:

A.    details of how you used our service;

B.    telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls;

C.    internet protocol address;

D.    cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Digicel account.

(iii)   Location information

When you use a location-enabled Digicel service, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.

(iv) Local storage

We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.

(v)   Cookies and anonymous identifiers

We use various technologies to collect and store information when you use a Digicel service, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifier to your device. We also use cookies and anonymous identifiers when you interact with services of other providers, such as mobile banking and prepaying electricity usage.

(c)   When you contact Digicel, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you face.

(d)   When required by law. We are obliged to collect your personal information, including biometric data, if required by law, including the SIM Card Registration Regulation.

4             How we use your information

We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Digicel and our users. We also use this information to offer you services or products that we think you may be interested in, including from third party providers.

We may:

(a)   use information collected from cookies and other technologies to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.

(b)   combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Digicel services.

(c)   process your personal information on a server located outside Papua New Guinea.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose not related to those that are set out in this Consumer Guide.

5             Accessing information about your service

You may access your credit balance by dialling “120# (prepaid) or *130# (postpaid). You may obtain information relating to your account, subscription, billing data or usage by contacting our Customer Care at 123. 

We do not guarantee that historical information will be available to you. We may charge you for accessing historical information. We usually do not charge for accessing information that is readily available and provided the information has not been archived. If the information you require has to be retrieved from archive, we may charge a fee to cover our reasonable cost of retrieving that information.

We will not give you information about your service if we are unable to verify your identity.

6             Accessing and updating your personal information

Our aim is to give you access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate effort, risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical.

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort.

We may record residual copies of your information to protect your information from accidental or malicious destruction.

You will not be able to access your personal information if we are unable to verify your identity.

7             Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Digicel unless one of the following circumstances apply:

(a)   With your consent

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Digicel when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for sharing any sensitive personal information relating to confidential medical facts, racial or ethnic origins, political or religious beliefs or sexuality.

(b)   For external processing

We provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

(c)   For legal reasons

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Digicel if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

(i)     meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;

(ii)    enforce applicable service terms and conditions;

(iii)   monitor and detect money laundering, terrorism financing, and other serious crimes;

(iv) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or

(v)   protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Digicel, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.

We may share aggregated non-personally identifiable information publicly and with third parties such as regulatory authorities, banks, other telecommunications operators, mobile money providers, and content providers (e.g., news media). For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

(d)   Mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and corporate restructure

If Digicel is involved in a merger, acquisition, asset sale or corporate restructure, your personal information may be transferred to another entity or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

8             Information security

We seek to protect Digicel and our users from unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction to/of information we hold. In particular:

(a)   We encrypt many of our services using SSL.

(b)   We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.

(c)   We restrict access to personal information to Digicel employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

9             Our policy towards children

We do not knowingly collect personal information from persons under 18. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact our Customer Care. We may be obliged to collect personal information of persons under 18, including biometric data, if required by law, including the SIM Card Registration Regulation.

10          Our service levels

10.1     Our Communications services

Our service levels vary depending on where you are located. In general, we expect to maintain network availability at the following levels:

(a)   In the main centres and mid-sized centres of Papua New Guinea including Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Madang, Wewak, Kimbe and Kokopo: > 99.5%

(b)   In other areas of Papua New Guinea: 98.00%

We expect to repair faults reported to us within the following time frames 95% of the time:

(a)   Faults in the main centres will be repaired within 6 hours of the fault being reported;

(b)   Faults in the mid-sized centres (e.g. Alotau, Popendetta, Kavieng and Buka) will be repaired within 24 hours of the fault being reported;

(c)   Faults in administrative districts (e.g. Arawa, Lorengau, Chuave, Tari, Banz, Gagidu, Tufi and Tabubil) will be repaired within 2 working days of the fault being reported;

(d)   Faults in small population centres will be repaired within 3 working days of the fault being reported.

To report a fault, please contact our Customer Care.

10.2     Our Content services

For Digicel originated channels, the service level is 99.5% for DTH and 99% for DTT. The service levels exclude the effect of sun outages.

For all non-Digicel originated channels the service level is 98%.

To report a fault, please contact our Customer Care during business hours on 180 1515.


11          Complaints

In addition to reporting faults or raising other concerns with our Customer Care, you may make formal written complaints to us by writing to:

Attention:         Chief Executive Officer

Address:          Digicel PNG
Section 494, Lot 1&2, Kennedy Road, Gordons Industrial Estate, PO Box 1618, Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

Fax:                  + 675 7222 4447

In your written complaint, please explain as clearly as possible your concerns and give us your name and contact details so we can contact you to follow up.

Our aim is to address your legitimate concerns so that you receive a service that you are satisfied with. We also seek to improve the way we provide services to our customers. If we cannot address your legitimate concerns, we may give you a partial or full refund of your service charges by crediting your account. 

If your complaint relates to services or equipment supplied by a third party, we will endeavour to help you contact the relevant third party.

12          Our Acceptable Use Policy

Your use of our services is subject to our Acceptable Use Policy. In general, you must comply with any applicable legislation, regulation, policy, guideline or direction given by a competent regulatory authority, Digicel or any telecommunications operator. You must not engage in activity that is abusive or violates any system or network owned or operated by Digicel or another telecommunications operator. You must not make or allow unreasonable or excessive demands on any system or network owned or operated by Digicel or another telecommunications operator. You must not introduce or incorporate any harmful code into the network, systems, software and tools deployed in the use or supply of services.

If you contravene our Acceptable Use Policy, threaten to do so, engage in conduct that in our reasonable opinion is improper or abusive, or fail to comply with our reasonable directions to mitigate the risk of improper or abusive conduct, we may suspend your service.

13          Monitoring

We are not obliged to, but may, monitor transmissions made or received using our communications service (including content posted, disseminated or accessed by using the service). We are not obliged, but reserve the right, to block or take down content that in our reasonable opinion is improper or abusive. We are not responsible for any material, input or content transmitted or posted by any user.

14          Termination and suspension

We may terminate your service at any time for convenience unless you have entered into an agreement with us to acquire the service for a minimum service period.

We may also terminate your service due to your default, including if you:

(a)   fail to make a payment on time,

(b)   breach our Acceptable Use Policy,

(c)   fail to provide a security deposit or other security that we reasonably require, or

(d)   become or threaten to become insolvent.

We may suspend your service instead of terminating your service. We may also suspend your service if there is an emergency, to protect our network or system, if you interfere with our supply of services to you or another person, if you deny us access to your premises, system or equipment that we reasonably require to provide services to you.

We may require you to pay (or increase) a security deposit before we reinstate a service that has been suspended or terminated for non-payment or a breach of our Acceptable Use Policy. 

If we suspend your service due to an emergency, we will reinstate the service as soon as we can.


Digicel PNG
Version 2.0 – October 2015