Wholesale Price For Internet Reduced
Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited (KTHL) deputy chairman Reuben Kautu yesterday said in 2014 the wholesale internet pricing was at a high cost of K4000(US$1, 300) until 18 months ago it was reduced to K1000 (US$380) and currently at K300 (US$98)per Mbps per month.
Mr Kautu said the pricing will continue to drop as parts of the national transmission network is completed and the usage volumes continue to climb.
He said if the country can achieve a 20 per cent growth in broadband penetration by 2021 on the back of completion of such critical infrastructure like the KSCN and the Coral Sea Cable System, then the communication industry could expect a contribution to National GDP growth by the ICT sector of about 2.6 per cent.
“Our challenge is making sure this capacity is distributed across the country where majority of our people currently live and to make sure that we distribute the cost that comes with it and where the majority of the people are living so interms of places where the cable can’t go, DataCo is also working on a satellite program that will compliment the prices that we achieve through the cable.
“We anticipate the project to be completed by end of 2020, will ensure that we will have international connectivity through CS2 and a domestic network to distribute to all provincial capitals empowering current Telcos and ISPs and new players to extend their suite of services to the outer population areas to service our people,” he said.
State Enterprise Minister Sasindran Muthuvel reiterated that the challenge for Papua New Guinea still remains is to ensure that this capacity is distributed across the country where majorityof people currently live.
“The project when complete will connect 15 provinces and complement Highlands’s fibre project which will connect all the highlands provinces with this modern communication medium, fibre optic cables.
“Apart from the Cable network, the Kumul Submarine Cable project also includes two Datacentres, new International Gateway systems, IP transmission infrastructure as well as a modern Network Operations Centre to monitor and manage the overall network from a single point in the network,” he said. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/wholesale-price-for-internet-reduced/ | Post Courier