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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post Courier, Mar 10) – Papua New Guineans continue to embrace Telikom’s mobile phone service.

There are now 155,000 active mobiles in PNG hands, rising rapidly from the previous base of 25,000 last year. More than 3,000 new mobiles are coming into service each week. Mobile phone calls are connecting at around 800,000 on the busiest days of the week, with Lae registering the heaviest traffic.

In Port Moresby, Telikom has opened a new mobile customer service point at Boroko, to ease the flow of customer demand at the mobile service centre on Waigaini Drive.

Telikom’s head of sales Peter Loko said mobile phone base stations are also being rolled out at a fast pace, with 90 mobile locations set to be available across the country by the end of April.

At the same time, Telikom has made available both inbound and outward mobile roaming, so that PNG phones will work as normal in several responding countries overseas, allowing the bill to be paid on return to PNG.

Similarly, overseas visitors to PNG from countries with responding agreements can also use their regular mobile phone in PNG, and pay the bill on return home.

International SMS text messaging is also coming on line, which was destined to be a highly valued service to both business customers and families, Mr Loko said.

The rapid spread of mobile coverage, together with VSAT and broadband availability, was making a significant contribution to the mining and petroleum boom, and also to rural industries, tourism and small growers in the rural districts, he said.

Telikom’s extensive range of new services and nationwide reach would be on display to delegates at the PNG Business Council conference in Cairns, Australia, later this month.

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