Bmobile And Huawei Sign 5G Trial For 2020
BMOBILE and Huawei PNG have signed a development plan to roll out a 5G trial in Port Moresby next year.
The signing was witnessed by the Minister for Communication and Information Technology Timothy Masiu, NICTA chief executive officer Charles Punaha and KTHL chairman. Bmobile chief executive officer Athula Biyanwila said they are happy Bmobile is part of this breakthrough to bring one of the world’s fast growing services into PNG. “Bmobile has always been striving to be the first in everything we do in PNG,” he said.
“We have not been advertising a lot but we have been the first to connect a base station in hides through the gas pipe line fiber back into our network in Port Moresby.”
Mr Biyanwila said,they were the first to archive that and subsequently we were first to connect base station on fiber cable that Dataco built along the Highlands Highway. Bmobile has also been the first to use the domestic submarine cable built by Huawei and Dataco to connect stations into Alotau.
According to Mr Biyanwila, Solomon Islands business for people who do not know Bmobile also runs a network in Solomon Islands. He said they were the first to connect to the Coral Sea two cables in Solomon Islands.
“All our data traffic in Solomon Islands is going on the Coral Sea cable from Honiara to Sydney and that is a proud moment for Bmobile, he said. Mr Biyanwila said that he is also proud to announce they want to be the first in trialing next year the 5G services in PNG.
“With the 5G network it is going to change the way we work around the world,” he said. “In PNG agriculture sector would benefit enormously from this technology.”
While the announcement was made on the signing, major specifics of the roll out were not explained, including timeframe, and as to what areas in the city within its network will benefit from the trial.
Huawei is currently involved in the rollout of 5G within major developed countries around the world.
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