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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 24, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---The PNG Defense Force's communication unit now has its own small satellite earth station at Murray Barracks, allowing for link-ups with other army establishments within the country.

During the commissioning of the new system last week, acting Defense Chief Brigadier General Carl Malpo thanked Pangtel and others who were involved in the project for helping his men in the installation and cabling of their Local Area Network and in the mounting of the satellite earth station.

General Malpo said in the past their telephone bills were in the vicinity of US$ 246,000 a month. With the satellite station, the cost of communication would be only around US$ 41,000 a month.

Executive manager for technical operations Paul Ginis said that despite a few difficulties in getting the project off the ground, Pangtel, as a regulating authority in PNG, had ensured that all legal requirements were met before the PNGDF could have its own small earth station.

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