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PNG DataCo plans to propose satellite plan

THE PNG DataCo Ltd plans to recommend to the Government a solution to the satellite problem in the country, managing director Paul Komboi says.
Komboi said the satellite would complement the existing fibre optic rollout for the national transmission network.  
He was responding to a query raised by Cabinet Minister Sir Puka Temu at the Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby last week on whether Papua New Guinea was going to launch its own satellite.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill replied that the Government had considered a solution and considered State-owned enterprises such as PNG DataCo.
Komboi said: “DataCo has been looking at a satellite technology solution for the country since 2015. DataCo and State agencies such as NICTA, Department of Defence, National Fisheries Authority, Police, Treasury, Finance, Bank of PNG, Education, Health, Transport, Telikom, plus those in the private sector such as BSP, Digicel and Hitron have been assessing and collating our requirements (demand and demand forecast as well as weaknesses and strengthens in ourselves and in our environment). 
“There is no doubt that satellite technology is required to service our nation given the geology, terrain, remoteness, sparse islands, and economical, diversity of our nation.” 
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