Update: 3:20PM BROADBAND is the umbilical cord for economic development, says Digicel chairman Denis O'Brien.
In a statement, Mr O'Brien is calling for an undersea
cable from Papua New Guinea through the Pacific and back into Sydney to
increase connectivity by providing access to broadband services for all - as
well as asking for a new economic plan for heavily indebted Caribbean states.
Speaking at the private sector forum of the UN Small
Island Developing States conference in Apia, Samoa yesterday, he says the
company is proposing a new submarine cable that would connect Papua New Guinea,
Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New
Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands back into