Kumul Submarine Cables To Be Launched
The Kumul Submarine Cable network will be launched in Kimbe today following its immediate landing between San Remo and Liamo Hotel beach front.
The landing comes after the submarine cables have been laid between the waters of Madang and West New Britain Dataco’s general manager of engineering Tony Morisause said after the laying of cables in Kimbe, they would proceed to Kavieng then Kokopo and Arawa.
Mr Morisause said the laying of the submarine cables are expected to be completed between August and September.
The Kumul submarine cables are being laid by Optic Marine Services, a Malaysian-based company which had been sub-contracted by Huawei Marine Networks. He said when this was done the submarine cables would then be able to carry traffic which would improve the internet services.
Mr Morisause said the internet services can be accessed faster and at a cheaper rate compared to its current state.
At least three institutions would be the first to be connect after the launch and they were the Provincial Health Authority, Provincial Government and Kimbe Secondary School.
The Dataco management had praised West New Britain Provincial Government for providing counter-funding of K200,000 which enabled Dataco to prepare the province for the landing of the submarine cable network.
Mr Morisause said because of the foresight of Regional MP and Public Enterprises and State Investments Minister Sasindran Muthuvel and Governor Francis Galia Maneke, the province was one of the first to have this service.
So far West New Britain is the only province that had provided counter funding for this project which Datacom had described as an extensive and comprehensive project.
The project covered the submarine cable network including two big data centres which would be built in Port Moresby and Madang with the latter to be for disaster recovery and the Internet network that would go onto the submarine cable network.
Governor Maneke said the provincial government was happy to partner with Dataco in this important project because it would benefit the province and its people.
Mr Maneke said small and medium enterprises could enhance their operations if they made use of this opportunity.
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