Punaha says coral sea cable is a game changer
The regulatory authority for national ICT services in PNG pointed out that the Coral Sea Cable system which is part of the fibre optic network project is a game changer and a transformation for the ICT sector in the country.
In a media conference yesterday in Port Moresby CEO of National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) Charles Punaha said the Coral Sea Cable system is partly complete and will be coming online at the end of this year.
He said this will be a milestone achievement for PNG which signifies a transformation for the ICT sector in the country.
“The Coral Sea Cable will provide a great opportunity to make the internet more affordable for all Papua New Guineans,” said Mr Punaha Also yesterday NICTA and DataCo signed a MoU with the Australian government in preparation for the cable system coming online.
The MoU essentially agrees on the licensing and regulatory responsibility for the cable system which NICTA will oversee once the project is completed and the cable is in operation as a declared service.
This means the pricing will be cost based and customers will have the increased access to high speed and affordable internet services.
The agreement recognises the responsibilities of both NICTA and DataCo to ensure the opportunities of the cable are fully recognised.
Australian High Commission Minister Counselor Benedict David said this is a joint investment between the PNG and Australia governments.
Mr David said it’s really quite symbolic of the relationship and partnership between our countries, particularly that strong bound between Australia and PNG and represent our strong economic partnership.
“It’s a very exciting times and once the cable is launch and completed it will be an internet that 800 times faster than what is currently available and what it means to the users is the cost will come down significantly,” he said.
“That is the game changer for economic development for business and for service delivery for all Papua New Guinea and I am looking forward to the end of the year when project is completed and we can take it to the next level.”
DataCo managing director Paul Komboi said they saw great progress in the project in the last few months and the cable has been laid now and the landing station almost complete.
“For DataCo it is a milestone for us in terms of the Coral Sea project which gives us the ability to make the capacity available to everyone in the country in terms of accessing internet services and we are grateful to NITCA for participating in signing the agreement and for allowing this project to take place,” he said.