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Stable High Speed Internet expected as PNG Kumul Domestic Cable project completed

Papua New Guineans are now expected to use stable high speed internet  as phase  one of the  system two of the Kumul Domestic Cable project has been completed.

The upgrade of the  fibre optic cable from Port Moresby to Madang via Alotau, Popondetta and Lae has been completed on the 19th of February 2019 and is commissioned.

The commissioning will take place soon when official announcements will be made.

PNG DataCo general manager Engineering Tony Morisause in a update with the media on Saturday said they have successfully loaded all internet traffic from Port Moresby onto the cable therefore end users should now experience the benefits of having a high speed internet service.

Mr Morisause said the Kumul Domestic Cable project comprises of three systems, system one starts from Jayapura, Vanimo, Wewak, Madang, New Guinea Islands, while system two from Madang to Lae, Popondetta, Alotau and Port Moresby which is now completed and currently have traffic on.

He said it’s almost two weeks now since they have loaded the internet traffic onto the cable and results have shown that there is a very good flow in the traffic system unlike before.

“We call our traffic flow as sunrise and sunset meaning it’s gradual rise and gradual setting in terms of the peak hours which we don’t have that experience when we were using the microwave radio system.
So there was a great difference and also the experience speaks for itself in the last two weeks,” he said.

Mr Morisause said system three will see the undersea cable run from Port Moresby to Kerema and Daru.

He said will follow immediately after system one cables have been laid and the loading of system three cables will be the last one.

“By the time we finish we will have 15 landing stations, that’s including Jayapura in operation for the country so that completes the Kumul Submarine cable network,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole system is planned to be completed by the end of this year, that’s including system two.”

He said they believe they will finish the project as per the schedule because it took the engineering team 34 days to install Port Mroesby to Madang in terms of laying the submarine cable and the branching units and the repeater equipment of the sea part of the Project.

“We are looking at laying two systems in double time of what we’ve experienced,’’ he said.

“So we are looking at by the time we start implementing, meaning the sea component which is around September this year we should finish by almost December.

‘‘We will do the normal in station test and then we do a link test that should take us up until February of 2020 so by March 2020 we will have full traffic on for the remaining two systems all the way to Indonesia.” Post Courier/PNGeHow

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