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PNG Focuses on providing reliable, affordable internet

CHALLENGES in information and communication technology Papua New Guineans  face include accessibility, reliability, speed and affordability, says PNG Communication and Information Technology Minister Koni Iguan.
Iguan told a forum in Port Moresby the country needed to ensure that broadband infrastructure and connectivity reached all parts of the country at an affordable price.
“And this must be enabled by appropriate supporting policy and regulatory framework,” he said.
He said getting the basics right initially would lead to strong development of the industry.
He said developing countries such as PNG needed to work with the International Telecommunication Union to adopt its standards.
“We have to juggle adoptions of international ICT standards while addressing the basic gap captured in the theme for our 2019 Digital Economic Forum: Connect the unconnected for an inclusive digital economy.” He said some major developments were in the pipeline to address access, affordability, reliability and speed in the sector.
Last year, the Government endorsed the ICT sector roadmap for the Department of Communication and Information.
The six key areas are digital infrastructure, digital government, digital skills, digital business environment and digital safety.
He said a significant progress had been made in the Australia-PNG Coral Sea Submarine Cable.
“To complement this domestically, PNG DataCo Limited, with the support of the Chinese Government, has connected and commissioned the domestic cable connecting Port Moresby to Milne Bay – and to Lae and Madang.”

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