DataCo Clarifies Pricing Of Internet
PNG DataCo Limited has clarified a recent media report regarding internet pricing in the country.
The story titled ‘Talks on Internet Prices’ cited the CEO of the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) Charles Punaha, as saying that both NICTA and PNG DataCo are in consultation to set the wholesale internet price at US$100 per Mbps when the Coral Sea Cable is commissioned.
PNG DataCo CEO, Paul Komboi has advised that DataCo is not in talks with NICTA to set pricing for wholesale internet now and even when the Coral Sea Cable or CS2 is commissioned.
He said it is DataCo’s view that the market would dictate the pricing based on the capacity that it can absorb.
“NICTA has recently closed the first round of consultations on the draft specific pricing principles and PNG DataCo has submitted its views to this consultation for NICTA to abstain from setting indicative pricing and specific pricing principles, but allow the market to evolve without regulatory intervention that could distort the market,” DataCo stated.
Mr Komboi corrected the reports from the newspaper, that the current wholesale ICT price is not US$300 as stated but US$240 and USD$192 depending on the volume acquired.
“Obviously, the pricing will be lower than the current pricing and this is still work in progress while we discuss with major users to understand their focused demand so we can have a starting price driven by the market,” he said.
Mr Komboi said DataCo through these corrections wishes to put to rest any misconceptions regarding the pricing of wholesale internet.
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