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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 17) – A Japanese company is currently installing wireless broadband internet services in Simbu province.

Governor Peter Launa said yesterday this was a pilot project initiated by Pangtel.

[PIR editor’s note: Pangtel is the licensing authority and regulator of the radiocommunications and telecommunications industry, including radio and television broadcasting in Papua New Guinea.]

Mr Launa said it was funded by the Japanese government at the cost K312,000 [US$107,000].

He said internet services would be installed at the provincial government building, Lutheran Day High School, Kundiawa police station, and education and health offices.

He said the provincial government provided K50,000 [US$17,000] to meet logistic support and maintenance expenses.

Mr Launa said in time, all the six districts would be hooked up on the internet as this would make communication easier.

May 18, 2006

The National: www.thenational.com.pg/

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