PNG Government is confident of Coral Sea cable delivery

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PORT MORESBY, 03 JULY 2019 (POST COURIER) – The Papua New Guinea government is confident the Coral Sea Cable will be delivered on time.

Minister for Communication and Energy and Member for Finschhafen Reinbo Paita said this following the arrival of the Ile De Brehat, cable laying ship owned by Alcatel in Port Moresby, over the weekend to land the Port Moresby end of the Coral Sea Cable System (CS2) in Kila Barracks, on Sunday.

The Ile De Brehat was in PNG waters to start cable-laying from Port Moresby to Sydney as the first phase of the CS2 Project.

Paita said the arrival of the vessel Ile De Brehat and the cable landing in Port Moresby shows that the completion of this project is on target for the end of 2019 as planned.

“PNG DataCo who is responsible for the National Transmission Network will continue as our government’s representative on this project and will work with Vocus and Alcatel to ensure the work on the cable-lay and the shore end operates smoothly,” he said.

Paita said while the CS2 will provide large capacity into Port Moresby, about 100 times more capacity than what is today, the challenge for PNG still remains to ensure that this capacity is distributed across the country where majority of the people currently live.

He said the project when complete will complement the other domestic cable project which will connect all 15 coastal provinces with this modern communication medium, submarine fibre optic cable and up to the Highlands provinces covered by the terrestrial cable.

“These projects together have the ability to transform how we communicate and conduct business sin PNG.

The National Transmission Network when completed in the first quarter of 2020, will ensure that we will have international connectivity through CS2 and a domestic network to distribute to all provincial capitals empowering current Telcos and ISPs and new players to extend their suite of services to the outer population areas to service our people,” he said.

“With the aggregation and growth of traffic and demand through sharing of the NTN infrastructure, economics of scale can be achieved hence resulting in lower pricing for our people and the business community.”

The Ministry of Communications and Energy, DataCo and the Kumul Telecom Holdings Limited (KTHL), together with their partners are determined to ensure these projects are delivered to international standard quality, on budget and on time so that the most important stakeholder, the people and business houses in PNG enjoy the best communications services at prices that they can afford.

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