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OPPO Smart Phones enter PNG Market

Admin | 6:19:00 PM |
A new set of smart phones are now on the market in Papua New Guinea. The Smart phones are from OPPO Electronics Corp and they are called OPPO Smart Phones.

Below are the details of the Smart Phone company.

OPPO Electronics Corp. is an electronics manufacturer based in Guangdong, China. Known for its smartphones, the company also makes MP3 players, portable media players, LCD-TVs, and DVD/Blu-ray players. It was founded in 2004. The company is also a smartphone maker. It has launched a whole range of Android powered smartphones. Oppo's latest mobile launch is the F3 Plus. The smartphone was launched in March 2017. The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.

The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F3 Plus packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Oppo F3 Plus runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non removable battery. It measures 163.63 x 80.80 x 7.35 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 185.00 grams.

The Oppo F3 Plus is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

Telikom PNG rolls out high speed internet technology

Admin | 1:53:00 PM |
TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Telikom PNG has rolled out its fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband services in the National Capital District.

This is its recent deployment of its broadband services being rolled out at the Islander village after residents had applied to have it installed.
FTTH offers high speed bandwidth transmission to break down the bandwidth bottle neck of access over twisted pair cables with a broadband speed ranging from 10Mbps up to 100Mbps that is consistent and secure.

The service allows for greater accessibility and availability of the internet for these residence and current Telikom’s affordable internet rates applies.
According to Telikom PNG Group marketing general manager Xavier Victor, there is a growing demand for high speed broadband for business and individuals alike and the FTTH is enhancing businesses while creating new investment opportunities.
“Hence, Telikom is offering two plan types that customers can choose from the Post-pay or the prepaid service.

There is an introductory offer for the prepaid service for K499.00 comes with free installation, a modem and 10GB data,” he said.
He added that the FTTH service at this stage is only available in some areas around Port Moresby.
The service can be easily upgraded to meet future demands by changing the equipment at each end of the fibre whereas there are limitations on copper.

PNG TPA Calls for Proposals to Develop Website

Admin | 11:36:00 PM |
The Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is calling a Request for Proposal (RFP) from qualified firms to redesign and develop their website.

In a public tender notice, the authority said they wanted a “qualified firm to develop, design and execute a comprehensive tourism website.” They further said,

The digital agency will be contracted to design and build Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) global digital channels, as well as provide additional associated services as outlined in the Request for Proposal guidelines.

Interested parties can email the following for the RFP guideline:

Ms Alice Kuaningi, Director of Marketing, or;
Mr Douglas Keari, IT Coordinator.
TPA has set 4:06pm, May 5, 2017 as the deadline for proposal submissions, and firms must address all the requirements in the guideline.

About TPA
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) is the statutory body responsible for marketing the country as a desirable tourism destination. It was established by the Tourism Promotion Act 1993 and is governed by a board with members representing all industry stakeholders.

How to apply for Housing Advance with NASFUND in PNG

Admin | 11:31:00 PM |
If you are a member to the NASFUND and contributing fortnightly, you are eligible for a Housing Advance.

What is the Housing Advance Scheme?

The NASFUND Housing Advance Scheme is a benefit that is offered to Members while they still contribute to the Fund.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Must be a Member of an Approved Superannuation Fund for five (5) consecutive years;
  • The amount you are applying for must be a minimum of K1,000 for your first advance;
  • Member may receive second advance after fully repaying the first advance.


Guidelines for accessing superannuation for Housing Advance


  • Purchase of principal place of residence for member;
  • Deposit for a housing Loan from a bank or licensed financial institution;
  • Purchase of state land for the construction of a dwelling of principal residence;
  • Member is able to withdraw his/her contributions to construct a house located on his/her own customary land. Note: Advances to build or buy a house in squatter settlements is not allowed;
  • Purchase of land or purchase and construction of a dwelling must occur within six (6) months of an advance;
  • A declaration of completion must be furnished to NASFUND on finalization of the purchase or completion of the construction or addition to a house;
  • Purchase of solar panels or generators for the house;
  • Purchase of building materials to build a house;
  • Purchase of a stove or refrigerator;
  • Purchase of water tank &/or water pump;
  • Substantial renovation or improvement of and existing home owned by the member (Over K1000);
  • Labour & transportation costs of housing materials up to the value of K1000.00 only;
  • Member to repay housing advance by a further 2% of contribution from the employee portion until the advance is repaid.

Amount


  • Withdrawal of advance is a maximum of 100% of employee contribution;
  • Cannot be paid directly to the Member;
  • Further advances are subject to full repayment of the previous advance;
  • A further advance cannot exceed the initial advance.

Breach

Any breach of the Superannuation Act or misuse of the housing advance will render the application void. The Fund will cancel the application already paid or seek to recover the advance.

20% Equity for Home Loans

NASFUND Members who are planning to:


  • Purchase a home;
  • Construct a home or;
  • Carry out repairs and maintenance to a home that is a Member’s principal place of residence.
  • Members can use their housing advance as equity to obtain housing loan from commercial banks.


What documents are required?


  • A Housing Advance Form (SF24);
  • A Nomination Form (SF2);
  • A copy of stamped Contract of Sale and Memorandum of Transfer;
  • A letter of offer from your bank or approved financial institution confirming availability of further funding;
  • A copy of title to the property (proof of ownership);
  • Quotation from the supplier of building materials and labour/transport costs from the contractor who is going to build the house or carry out maintenance or improvement(s). This is important as the cheque will be made payable directly to the supplier of the materials or the contractor and not to you;
  • If you are building a house on your own customary land or have already built a house but wish to carry out maintenance or improvement, you will have to complete a “Clan Land Usage Agreement” form. In the absence of a proper legal title, this document serves as proof of your ownership of land by customary right.

Housing Advance Checklist

1. Purchase of Property

Minimum of five (5) years membership with the Fund.

(I) Supporting documents and other necessary information

a) Copy of Title Deed/ Contract of Sale.
b) Letter of Offer and acceptance of purchase of property/ house.
c) Confirmation Letter from the bank.
d) Guarantee Letter.

(II) Customary Land Requirement

a) Clan Land Usage Agreement Form.
b) Signed and stamped.
c) SF2 registration form to confirm place of origin.

2. Builders/ suppliers requirement

a) Trading Certificate.
b) Certificate of Compliance.
c) Contractor’s Certificate.
d) Company profile and banking details.
e) Quotation of building materials.

3. Purpose for which housing is applied for:

a) Purchase of a dwelling site/ house
b) Construction of a dwelling house.
c) Improvement/alteration to a dwelling house.

Source: NUSFUND PNG

Facebook wants to kill the password

Admin | 10:19:00 PM |
Someday, passwords will likely be a distant memory.

For now, they are necessary, as well as regularly re-used, and sometimes leaked when hackers access private information. When you forget yours, the process to log back into an account you're locked out of is clunky and not as secure as it could be.

Facebook (FB, Tech30) wants to change that, and eventually, to make passwords obsolete.

Facebook's F8 developer conference on Tuesday brought the launch of the beta version of Delegated Account Recovery, a way for the social network to be the backup security key in case you forget your password on different, non-Facebook services.

The idea: If you forget your password on an app or website, it will instead use Facebook to verify you are who you say you are. You will have to prove yourself through exercises like recognising friends' photos in order to log into your other account.

"We want to make sure we can let you use [identifying] information to keep yourself secure, but not have to trade your privacy," Facebook security engineer Brad Hill told CNNTech. "Right now you tell your mother's maiden name to 500 different places and if any one of them gets hacked, then you're vulnerable everywhere."

Think about the last time you forgot your password. The website likely sent a link to your email to reset your password, or texted a code to your mobile phone. You might have answered security questions, like your mother's maiden name or the moniker of your first pet.

Facebook says its method is more secure. Text messages are unencrypted, and email accounts can be hacked. Further, Facebook's Delegated Account Recovery works even if someone switches their phone number or email address.

People might be skeptical about trusting Facebook with other accounts. The company knows everything about you, and uses your information to advertise to you. And of course, if your Facebook account is hacked, the bad guys can log into your other accounts that way, too.

But Hill insisted Facebook has safeguards in place to recognise fraudulent activity, and will alert you if anything seems amiss. If, say, Facebook knows you always log in via your iPhone in California, an attempt from Russia on an Android will be flagged.

Facebook also limits how many third-party accounts can be recovered at one time, and the company won't know the details of those other accounts. For example, say you use Facebook as your backup code for your bank. Facebook will know you use the bank's services, but it doesn't know anything about your bank account.

For now, developers must apply to use the tech. Facebook is open-sourcing this technology so eventually any company can use it – that is, even if you don't trust Facebook with your identity, you might trust another organisation that implements the tool.

Delegated Account Recovery doesn't replace passwords. But it's a stepping stone in Facebook's efforts to improve and eventually replace the security mechanisms we currently use. You probably already use another one: Facebook Login lets you remember one less password when you sign up for third-party apps.

Google (GOOG), too, is working on products to get rid of the password. Both firms support Yubikey, a physical key you plug into your computer that acts like a password.

Hill said Facebook's account recovery feature will also benefit people just beginning to use the internet, who may have Facebook accounts but not an email or phone number. Instead, he said, people in emerging markets might get accustomed to using social identities as a login authenticator -- not the assortment of letters and numbers that we use as passwords.

"Facebook's one of the best pieces of online identity they have, and it can be a great anchor for them to get connected to more services," Hill said.
Source: facebook

Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo and bmobile merger will reduce Internet costs in PNG

Admin | 12:26:00 AM | |
IT analysts and industry insiders tell Business Advantage PNG that the Papua New Guinea Government’s decision to merge bmobile and PNG DataCo under a Telikom PNG renamed Kumul Telikom is likely to increase competition and innovation. But the move will not be without challenges.
The merger of bmobile and DataCo with Telikom PNG, outlined in our interview with Kumul Telikom Chairman Mahesh Patel last week, will realise cost savings and harness the synergies among the three telcos, according to Public Enterprises and State Investments Minister Charles Abel.
Local industry insiders appear generally optimistic about the move, with some caveats.

Independent, Port Moresby-based IT specialist Russell Woruba, of Taragai Advisory, believes the restructure will reduce prices, and observes telcos now need to provide attractive bundled services in order to be competitive.

Carriers must offer enterprises and customers not only voice and data, but media content, ICT services, such as cloud options, as well as professional services, he tells Business Advantage PNG.

He notes, however, that to modernise Telikom to meet the current technological climate it may be necessary to involve outside partners who have the skill set and capital.

He also observes that Digicel PNG not only has market share but undisputed market power.

‘It is now digging into Telikom’s core fixed business through its service offerings.

‘By consolidating its assets, Telikom, DataCo and bmobile can compete effectively and create synergies for operational efficiency.’
Masalai Communications’ IT specialist, Emmanuel Narokobi, sounds a note of caution about the restructure.

‘There is a huge cultural shift that needs to take place internally within all the organisations,’ he told Business Advantage PNG.

‘Personally, from our work with them we have tried to push shared services across the various companies but they still do not recognise the strategic benefits of such exercises.’


Reduced duplication

The merger is supported by a recent report issued by Singapore-based BMI Research, a subsidiary of the global ratings agency Fitch.

‘The transferring of the country’s main fixed-line and gateway assets into one entity, DataCo—which will provide backbone services and international connectivity to operators—will be positive for the market,’ says to the report’s author, Telecommunications Analyst Vanessa d’Alancon.

After DataCo’s plans to upgrade and run the National Transmission Network are completed, expected this year, she says internet service providers (ISPs) and businesses in Papua New Guinea will have access to wholesale capacity.

This will provide a boost to bandwidth and encourage market competition. That competition, she says, should reduce prices over the medium-term for consumers.


More competition for Digicel?

‘Telikom has already begun rolling out 4G at discounted rates in 2017 to encourage take-up and will be in a stronger position to compete with Digicel,’ says d’Alancon.

She warns, however, that it will be difficult for Telikom to take market share from Digicel given that operator’s strong presence in the mobile market. Digicel has been successful in the market since 2007 and has brought mobile penetration in PNG from 1.6 per cent in 2006 to around 45.5 per cent in 2016.

That said, there are still many areas where internet services are unavailable and most rural areas only have 2G services, providing significant growth opportunities.


Digicel’s view

Digicel’s CEO, Brett Goschen, told Business Advantage PNG that Digicel fully supports an environment where all operators have access to all forms of wholesale transmission capacity.
‘We believe it is fundamental to growing and improving a competitive, open market: prices decrease, service offerings increase and the consumer benefits tremendously.

‘It is clear that the Government’s original communication model involving the transfer of transmission assets to DataCo would go some way toward achieving that.’

That said, Goschen says, however, he is not convinced the new structure will achieve the original intentions of government, namely ‘to create a competitive, open communication industry that augurs growth and value, whilst encouraging innovation’. From the limited public information provided, he noted the new merger does not appear to promote competitive outcomes to the benefit of the consumer, such as reducing the cost of accessibility.

Source:by Kevin McQuillan /BusinessAdvantagePNG