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Digicel blocks ads from Google and Yahoo in PNG

It is sad news for individuals and companies in Papua New Guinea  who rely on internet advertisement to market and sell their products and service online, that Digicel a mobile phone company has suddenly started blocked off Google, facebook  Yahoo ads and other social media online advertisement. It is understood that Digicel will soon implement the ad-blocking program in other Pacific countries that are using its network.

So what is this blockage mean?
This means that all advertisements from Google, Facebook and other social media platforms are blocked on the Digicel network.  For instance, suppose that  you  promote  a product  through  the facebook sponsored page and you target Papua New Guinea audience to sell your product, someone visiting facebook from Papua New Guinea through Digicel network  will not see your sponsored page and your product because Digicel blocks it. Likewise for Google and Yahoo ads. At the moment Digicel has blocked off google  and yahoo ads only and will soon implement the blockage on other social media like facebook and yahoo.

Why the blockage
The reasons why Digicel blocked off the ads from the internet giants like google, facebook, and yahoos are because of competition. Many business houses, Institutions, Government Departments and individuals are spending money  on the use of internet to market their products and services instead of the Digicels Media network like TV Wan and Pacific Media (Loop PNG and other media owned by Digicel).

About 90% of internet usage in Papua New Guinea is through Digicel broadband and Mobile network. The company boasts of having the largest and better network in Papua New Guinea.  Thousands of Papua New Guineans and business houses rely on the mobile phone company internet service to promote their services and products. Digicel sees that many advertisers are not using their services and are resorting to using the internet to market their products thus not generating enough revenue for the company. Thus the blockage by Digicel on the online advertisement companies is to get all the PNG bases advertisers to use their network.

Consequence of  Digicels blockage of Online Advertisement on PNG Economy

i.                     Loss of Revenue

The increase in use of mobiles phones particularly from Digicel in Papua New Guinea has prompted many individuals, organizations and companies to advertise their services and products online.  For example, the Tourism authority in PNG promotes tourism destinations in Papua New Guinea through the internet using marketing  tool like google advertisement and facebook sponsored advertisements.
Many people around the world see these advertisements and promotions and collect more information  before visiting Papua New Guinea.  Other companies like Air Niugini promote and advertises cheapest fares online through facebook or google advertisement. People who have internet access on their mobile phone easily see those ads become aware of those cheap flights. However, Digicel has blocked off these advertisements from appearing on the mobile phones. This denies the company from making a profit as well as the people from seeing those promotions.  All Digicel wants is companies to use their advertisement medium like TV Wan, PNG Loop and other media companies owned by Digicel so they can make more profit.

ii.                  Blockage stops Foreign currency from entering PNG

Given the increase of use of internet in the country, many Papua New Guineans are now into generating money online. Many websites and blogs in the country are running online advertisements from Google, Yahoo, Outburn, infolinks and many advertisement networks. These companies pay publishers who implement their advertisement campaign in PNG. As a result foreign money comes into the country that increase our foreign reserves.  However, the Blockage by Digicel means that those foreign companies will not run their advertisements campaign in the country and will not pay website and blog owners who run the advertisements.  For example, skerah.com is owned by Papua New Guineans. This website promotes Tourism in PNG and also run third party advertisements from Google, Yahoo, Facebook. This website owner will not receive any foreign currency  if visitors to the website is through Digicel internet network.  Thus the blockage denies a Papua New Guinean from earning foreign currency as advertisement publishers.

iii.                Monopoly

The increase in use of mobile phone and internet in the country has good impact on businesses from generating good revenue through online advertisement recently. Many business houses and individuals are promoting their products online through the internet.  Digicel PNG who has the upper hand in internet dominance in the country realizes the potential of making money through advertisement. As such,  the company has set of several advertisement mediums. These include Television Stations ( TV Wan, TV Wan Action, TV Wan Rugby, TV Wan Life) and   Pacific Media that runs online news portal (PNG Loop, Pacific Loop, Vanuatuloop,etc). What Digicel wants is all Papua New Guinean Businesses, individuals, Churches and other private organizations to use their medium of advertisements only and not other medium of advertisements like the online advertisements which it blocked off. This is in fact a total monopoly given the country’s 90 % of the internet is through their broadband and mobile network.

Appeal: What the Government must do

The Papua New Guinea Government must intervene in this self-serving and greedy approach taken by Digicel in blocking off online advertisement.  More businesses are unable to promote their businesses online when  Digicel who controls 90 % of the internet usage in the country are blocking off those online advertisements.  The government must  intervene now to allow Digicel  from removing the blockage it implemented on online advertisements. The government cannot sit back and allow Digicel to bring down this country.

Digicel offers K15 Roaming Bundle to customers

Digicel postpaid customers travelling to nearby countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will now be able to use their existing mobile number and account at only K15 thanks to Digicel’s Daily International Roaming Bundle service.
Digicel is the first telecommunications company to offer this affordable postpaid service to subscribers in PNG, which will help its customers keep in touch with friends, family and clients back home when they are travelling abroad.

Digicel Managing Director, Mobile, Shivan Bhargava said Digicel was always developing services to meet the needs of its customers.

“Being so close to Australia, NZ and other countries across the Pacific, we know our PNG customers often travel abroad for business and pleasure and need to use their mobile phones during these times,” he said.

“Digicel’s new Daily International Roaming Bundle is very affordable at K15 per day and includes 100 minutes of calling, 100 SMS and 100MB of data.

“Customers can subscribe to the bundle by texting ‘Roam101’ to short code 16446. They will receive prompts via SMS to confirm their international roaming bundle.

“The service will ensure they are able to stay in touch with those back home in Papua New Guinea and also call national numbers in the country they are roaming, using their own Digicel handset – it’s very simple.”

How to do Mobile Phone Banking with Bank South Pacific( BSP)

The following is a way to do mobile phone banking with Bank South Pacific (BSP).

BSP Mobile Banking allows you to use your mobile phone to conduct certain banking functions without having to visit a branch or an ATM.

It allows you to do the following, directly from your mobile phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • View your Current & Available Balances on your accounts
  • View your Mini-statement showing your last 3 Transactions
  • Transfer funds between your own accounts or to other BSP accounts
  • Wantok Moni - transfer funds to anyone with Digicel Mobile phone number
  • TopUp Mobile credits - Only available to Digicel phone users
  • TopUp EasiPAY power credits - Only available to Digicel, Telikom (CDMA) & Citifon Users.
  • Manage your SMS Alerts to receive an SMS when there is activity on your account

Simply Dial *131# from your Digicel phone  and follow the instructions. Make sure to have your with you before dialling *131# .

Note: You must register your phone number with Bank South Pacific before you perform the mobile phone banking procedures.

Dream Ace Empire Website launched

Dream Ace Empire, a non governmental organisation is paving the way forward in supporting people who are neglected and are left without the care of their parents.

The Organisation headed by Indian Doctor, Dr Rupanand Palaniandy is worldwide; however it is its first time in PNG and has plans on extending it throughout Oceania countries.
The organisations' aim is basically to help people who are committed to adding value to the development of the nation by doing their small part in the space of special needs, Christian fellowship and peer education on the proper ways of life.

The group launched its website page at the Cheshire Disability Homes on the weekend and also to pass on the message, that children with special needs are worth more then been given presents and donations by private and state own companies.

This gift is special because it will benefit them in a big way and help them to look beyond their dreams. The website page is called the FDI System which is similar to Whatsapp and Facebook, where this kids will benefit big time as it looks at making them earn themselves pocket money when they are registered.
Dr. Palaniandy is also urging interested people to join the group as they look at setting up an office once things are finalized.

The simple way to register is to download the Application, fill in the details and then you register in Categories.
The First Category is Professional Level, which costs K1700, and the second is Cooperate level at K1500 and the Junior Package costs K210.

How to check your own Mobile Phone Number for Vodafone and Bemobile users

Many Bemobile-Vodafone users have been asking us how to view own mobile phone numbers. Here are two tips on how you can view your own mobile phone number.

1. Simply make are call to close friend's phone number and  you can retrieve your phone number from your friends phone.

2. Simply dial this code :  *999#
    This code will display your own phone number.

ICT can drive development in PNG

The government agency, National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) has been ensuring that the industry has contributed to the long term economic and social development of PNG.

Over five years as NICTA, there have been a great adoption in the ICT industry and PNG is advancing in a rapid rate said NICTA International Affairs Manager Jackson Kariko.

“We have not  develop our own technology but we only adopt and use technology. Therefore we are still looking to understand and adopt the right kind of technology that can best fit PNG which we could adopt for development,” Kariko said.

During the PNGCS expo Kariko stated that NICTA has immensely contributed and technology is a huge development for PNG. There are a lot to be done in the socio-economic development and the Computer Society (CS) is doing well.

“There is almost over 50 percent coverage in mobile technology in the country but there are certain areas in IT technologies and communication that PNG still needs improvements and development,” he said.

Mr Kariko added that the national government has been very supportive in telecommunications whilst NICTA believes that IT can drive development in the country.

“Third world country like PNG we are doing relatively well in the ICT industry,” said Kariko.

He added that the PNGCS expo is an opportunity for the general public including students to witness and know ICT and how it could build their knowledge on ICT.

Technology needs to be understood well Mr. Kariko said, stating that there is still more awareness, workshops and seminars that the ICT industry need to carry out in the country.

“More exposure and public knowledge in the industry will help build knowledge in the priority areas like the economic and social developments of the nation,” he added.

NICTA is the country’s authority for the ICT sector. It is a statuary body which had taken from the previous authority PANGTEL in ensuring Information Communication Technology sector is at the standard level.

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