National transmission network almost complete
Work on the National Transmission Network (NTN) is about 60 per cent Complete.
In an update on the status of the National Transmission Network that is being constructed in various parts of the country, PNG DataCo Limited Managing Director Paul Komboi said work is progressing well and PNG DataCo is confident to deliver the project by 2020.
A modern domestic and international transmission network connecting all provincial capitals and multiple international connections to diverse international locations is being built by PNG DataCo and its partners.
The NTN uses fibre optic (subsea and terrestrial) as primary route and satellite as secondary route. It is a strategic national infrastructure intended to be shared by all.
The NTN consolidates the existing infrastructures and the new infrastructures being currently built.
The existing networks are; LNG Fibre, terrestrial OPGW/ADSS cables and international submarine cables and gateways as well as the satellite infrastructure at the Gerehu Earth Station.
Komboi said the multiple Submarine Cable breaks in the Kumul Submarine Cable Network (KSCN) System 2 around the Lae Bismark sea waters which was trigged by the 7.2 Earthquake in Bulolo on May 7th, 2019 is now schedule for repair commencing 24th July.
“The cable ship for repair is en-routed to PNG now and we are expecting the repair to complete in Mid-August 2019. After completion of the repair, this cable ship will then proceed to install new submarine cables to Kerema, Gulf Province and Daru, Western Province.
This will complete transmission connectivity within the southern region of PNG up to Lae and Madang which only leaves the Islands region and Wewak and Vanimo in the Momase region to be completed by first quarter 2020.
The new NTN infrastructure was taken up in various sub projects.
The main project consists of Highlands terrestrial fibre, Kumul submarine cable network, Coral sea submarine cable and the satellite modernization and optimisation projects.
The national transmission network comprises of:
– PNG LNG Fibre Cable (Pom-Hides);
– Highlands Terrestrial Fibre Cable (Yonki-Hagen-Wabag-Mendi);
– Lae to Madang Terrestrial Fibre Cable;
– APNG S2 Submarine Cable (Pom-Sydney);
– PPC 1 Submarine Cable (Sydney-Madang-Guam);
– Domestic Satellite links;
– New O3b Satellite links;
– New Coral Sea Submarine Cable (CS2) (Sydney-Pom-Honiara);
– New Kumul submarine cable network (KSCN) which comprises 15 coastal province capitals including connections to Jayapura (Indonesia) and Noro (Solomon Island); and
– New modernised Data Centre in Port Moresby and Data Centre Disaster Recovery Centre (DRC) in Madang; and
– New modernised network operation centre (NOC) in Port Moresby for network monitoring.