Saturday, May 19, 2018

Telikom PNG new data plans : Is it increase  or decrease in prices?

Telikom PNG new data plans : Is it increase or decrease in prices?

Whatever the reasons are, either merger Telikom PNG is undergoing or changing commodity prices, the nationally owned Telecommunication Company (TelikomPNG ) has made changes to  their data plans. We enjoyed cheaper internet for the last couple of years but starting May, you are going to dig deeper to connect to the WWW.

We here at PNG's No : 1 Technology Websites - PNG eHow, detail  the new plans Telikom PNG has implemented.

Plan 1.   (1/3/7 Days plan )
For this plan, it is good news though the prices are reduced compared to the previous prices. However, we enjoyed 30 days plans but this now has been reduced to 7 days plan.
Price                Data                        Days
K2.00              60MB                        Validity: 1 Day
K3.00             100MB                       Validity: 3 Days
K5.00             200MB                       Validity: 1 Day
K6.00             400MB                       Validity: 1 Day
K10.00           600MB                       Validity: 7 Days    (was K9 before for 21 days)
K18.00           1GB                            Validity: 7 Days   (was Kina before for 21 days)
K30.00           2GB                            Validity: 7 Days   (was K40 before for 30 days)
K45.00           3GB                            Validity: 7 Days  (was K60 before for 30 days)

Plan 2 (14/21/28 days plan)
For this plans, note that the prices have been increased significantly. Also the number of days are reduced.  There is no 30 day plan anymore.

Price.                               Data                                  Days                            Comment

K21.00                           600MB                            Validity: 21 Days     (increase in price)
K35.00                           1GB                                Validity: 21 Days      (increase in price K25 to K35)
K60.00                           2GB                                Validity: 21 Days      (increase in price)
K80.00                           3GB                                Validity: 21 Days     (increase in price K60 to K80)
K90.00                           5GB                                 Validity: 21 Days     (huge increase in price)
K125.00                         7GB                                 Validity: 21 Days
K130.00                        10GB                               Validity: 21 Days
K160.00                        15GB                               Validity: 21 Days
K135.00                         5GB                                 Validity: 28 Days
K175.00                          7GB                                Validity: 28 Days
K199.00                         10GB                                 Validity: 28 Days
K250.00                          15GB                                Validity: 28 Days

How we see it:   It can be mathematically concluded that the prices of the data plans are proportional to the number of days. in other words, as the number of days in each plan is increased, so as well as the prices.

The good news is that, the prices did not increase exponentially and thus we can still enjoy cheaper data on the Telikom Network on the reduced days plans. This is much better than other networks where exorbitant prices are implemented.

See screen shot below for more details.


Telikom PNG and Bmobile-Vodafone merger to be completed by 2019

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Telikom PNG and Bmobile-Vodafone merger to be completed by 2019

Telikom PNG and Bmobile-Vodafone merger to be completed by 2019

Merger of State telecommunications companies Telikom PNG (TPNG), Bmobile-Vodafone and Dataco are set to be fully completed by mid 2019 under the new Kumul Telikom Holdings (KTH).
Chairman of KTH Andrew Johnson gave the status update of what he described was an evolutionary merger of peer companies rather than a takeover as assumed by some.
“The status is we are doing it in a rather evolutionary, rather than a revolutionary way, we don’t want to just bang the business together we want to bring it together.”
“The model that we will end up with which we are steadily working towards is an independent wholesale business which is DataCo, and then a retail business which will be a retail fixed (line) and media and a retail mobile business- that is not to say Bmobile-(Vodafone) becomes the mobile business and TPNG becomes, we will basically transform those businesses into those specialised in fixed, those specialised in mobile and overview the wholesale business.”
“Where we are we are probably a third of the way through that exercise,” Mr Johnson said.
He said issues surrounding industrial relations were part of the process surrounding the merge, but added they were being addressed and resolved.
“Key concerns rightly from the unions were whether we were going to protect all of their rights.”
“What we have said is no ‘ifs’ and no ‘buts’ and legal rights that you have under employment conditions are absolutely going to be protected, certainly the minister (State Enterprise Minister William Duma) has said that.”
“We are certainly working through the changes and we will have the business transformed probably around this time next year in my judgement,” Johnson said.
The chairman dispelled talk on any one of the three businesses taking over from the other.
“This is not like what you normally see when companies come in and the new group take over the other, it is a merger of peers.”
“People will move within the company to the area which is appropriate for them to absolutely, BMobile isn’t going to take over TPNG mobile business.”
“There will be a Kumul Mobile and there will be a Kumul Fixed (line service) and there will be people who will come out of Bmobile who will end up in Dataco or whatever,” he added.
It is truly merging a business, the concept I cant stress strong enough, the concept of takeover there is none.
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ICT Sector a catalyst for Economy growth for Papua New Guinea

ICT Sector a catalyst for Economy growth for Papua New Guinea

THE Information and Communication Technology sector is a catalyst for economic growth.

This is according to Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil when responding to queries by Post-Courier on digital economy and its benefit to Papua New Guinea.

“We make sure we make it easier for the citizens to use and have access to an apparatus such as mobile phone that can process data and internet and of course the computers,” said Mr Basil.

He reiterated this must be made cheaper and affordable and also piggy back onto the current network system that Digicel and two other mobile phone companies have already rolled out. He said once there is good access to affordable product then there will be focus on making internet date become affordable.

“Meaning that such cables as the Sydney one that comes into Papua New Guinea, Dataco will be the wholesaler and distributor, we make sure that we tell them look Fijians are making it cheaper and we must go cheaper,” said Mr Basil.

“We have now got cable network, 70 % of it by grant so that is nobody recouping money out of it and so we must not say that we going to pay back something, it’s a grant.”

He added taking ownership and being responsible is another issue and cyber security and cyber crime.

He said from the communication’s perspective mobile phones is playing a very important role for us in Papua New Guinea.

“Making sure we transect many of our activities from mobile phones and we have started recently by asking the operators to help the government to make that all SIM Card are registered so that from there on we will make sure we add on other products phones can carry like mobile wallet,” said Mr Basil.
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