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PNG Dataco, National Broadcasting Corporation sign ICT Cable deal

PNG DataCo Limited and the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) signed a partnership agreement yesterday to jointly deliver the government’s ICT project in major towns in the country.

Under the agreement, PNG DataCo will be leasing 11 NBC sites to install cable landing stations (CLS) under the Kumul submarine cable network project and one CPI (customer point of interconnect) under the Highlands Fiber Project in the delivery of services nationwide.

PNG DataCo will also provide capacity upon request by NBC. Those 12 sites are Alotau, Lae, Madang, Popondetta, Vanimo, Wewak, Kimbe, Kokopo, Manus, Kavieng, Kerema and Goroka.

PNG DataCo managing director Paul Komboi said the signing is a strategic partnership in efforts to realise cost efficiencies.

He said DataCo is fortunate in that they will now be able to capitalise on the opportunities and synergies by working together with another government owned entity going forward.

NBC managing director Kora Nou said the partnership paves the way for NBC to participate in a project that would be a game changer and is encouraged to work together with SOEs such as DataCo.

“We have had discussion about increasing bandwidth and this partnership is a win-win situation for both SOEs,” Mr Nou said.

The two state owned enterprises (SOEs) will worked together to improve ICT sector with high speed broadband, internet data services at high capacities, and furthermore reduce internet rates to the ICT sector.

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