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Internet Prices in PNG to drop significantly following launching of Coral Sea Internet Cable

INTERNET retail prices in Papua New Guinea  is expected to be reduced soon following the launching of the Coral Sea Cable 2 in Port Moresby last Friday.
The wholesale price set in January by DataCo PNG Ltd was K340 per megabits per month – a 40 per cent reduction on the previous price.
DataCo chief executive Paul Komboi said: “The 40 per cent reduction is the wholesale pricing. We are now selling it at around K340 per megabits per month. That’s the price we are selling to retail providers including Digicel, bmobile, Telikom and all the ISPs (internet service providers).”
National Information and Communication Technology (Nicta) chief executive Charles Punaha said since DataCo introduced the wholesale price, Nicta had started talks with the internet service providers and telecommunication companies on the retail price they expected to pass onto their customers.
“Nicta undertook a public enquiry into the pricing of the facility here. Our recommended price was K185 per mbps (megabit per second). Since then we have received request from DataCo for the review of our determination,” Punaha said.
“The price that we have determined is from Sydney to here. There is also a cost element that DataCo has to negotiate with retail customers, to take the capacity from here to their premises. So that is the issue that we are now looking at.”
He said as part of the price review process, “we are going to look at taking the capacity from here to the customer premises, so it will be just one price for the whole supply chain.”
“We understand that there is a situation where retail customers are now coming back to DataCo and saying: Where is that price reduction you promised?”

The National/PNGehow

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