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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 21) – Ten mobile phone "super stations" are on their way to Papua New Guinea to relieve temporary congestion caused by constantly growing demand on the Telikom Mobile network.

The super stations will more than double the capacity of mobile traffic hotspots, in Port Moresby, Lae and other centres.

"The Telikom mobile service has almost been the victim of its own success. We now have 185,000 mobile phone users, making more than one million calls a day, and, yes, there has been some congestion in the Port Moresby area," Telikom sales and marketing executive Wency Noruka said.

"The super stations will go into Port Moresby, Lae and other centres of high traffic demand, and will be installed as a matter of absolute priority as soon as they arrive. We have engineers rolling out mobile stations from Alotau to Vanimo, and our mobile net will have 350 stations nationwide when the present roll out is completed.

"But the problem is keeping up with the popularity of the service. We just have to keep doubling and re-doubling capacity," Mr Noruka said.

The reach of the mobile net will be further extended when the next phase of Telikom’s exclusive deal on Bougainville rolls out within the next week, with mobility extending from Buka to Arawa.

Further treats may be in store for Telikom customers, including a universal re-charge card that will provide credits on mobile, Telikad, pre-paid and other Telikom services with a single purchase.

Mobile roaming for international travellers into and out of Papua New Guinea was already available, along with international text messaging.

Industry observers said there was never a better time to become a Telikom mobile customer, as a season of price reductions and specials could be just around the corner.

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