NEW PNG-AUSTRALIA TELECOM CABLE PLANNED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 28) – Telikom PNG Limited has reached an agreement with Australia’s Telstra to replace the aged telecommunication submarine cable between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The agreement will see the two companies replacing the 29 year-old cable with a new fibre optic [like that] currently linking Guam and Australia to connect Port Moresby directly with Sydney.

The new cable will have 70 times the capacity of the current cable.

Telikom PNG told business houses in a memorandum that the use of the cable would provide PNG with high speed, low delay access to the global Internet and in this respect had superior performance to satellite services which had an inherent delay in their operation.

The local telco said it had purchased a 50 per cent share in the Guam to Australia cable after it was no longer required by its international owners because of other more recently laid cables in the Pacific region and added that the cost to Telikom was half the cost that would have cost the company if it re-laid the cable Port Moresby.

Telikom is now inviting Telecom New Zealand and Optus to join in the cable partnership and offer competitive services in PNG. Meanwhile, Telikom is reviewing its international connections while the new cable is being planned and installed.

The company plans to install an additional 18 megabit per second (Mb/s) of satellite capacity by February next year. Eight Mb/s of this has already been installed before Christmas.

December 28, 2005

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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