Telstra on track to provide services to Rural PNG

 THE Telstra Group is on track to provide improved services to people in rural areas by March next year, says chief executive officer Vicki Brady.

She mentioned this when meeting Prime Minister James Marape last week.

Highlighting the successful integration of Digicel PNG Limited into the Telstra agreement, Brady said Telstra had erected 115 towers around the nation.

She also talked about Telstra’s successful rollout of 4G services, and projected an increase in coverage from 20 per cent to 72 per cent in the next 18 months.


Brady said Telstra wanted to provide connectivity to regional and rural communities, emphasising its positive economic and social impacts.

Marape met with Brady, Telstra International chief executive officer Roary Stacko and senior vice-president Lorna Macpherson.

Marape commended Telstra’s commitment to investing in the telecommunication sector in PNG, which reflected its confidence in the country’s telecommunications market.

He also acknowledged the substantial growth in the online businesses, trade, government activities, and social transactions in PNG since Telstra’s entry into the market in 2007.

Marape praised Digicel for its significant contributions to the country since its establishment in 2007, and that PNG represented Telstra’s most substantial market in the Pacific.

He also recognised Telstra’s sponsorship of the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia and sought its support for PNG’s bid to field an 18th team in the competition.


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