The information and communication technology sector continues to thrive in achieving its goal of providing affordable and accessible services to the population.
Information and Communication Technology Minister Timothy Masiu in his ministerial address said that in order for this to happen, the ministry is closely monitoring major changes taking place in the telecommunications space.
Mr. Masiu, while providing an update on the industry, said that two of the main government infrastructure projects are the completion and operational commissioning of the Coral Sea cable system and the extension of combined cellular mobile networks of Digicel (PNG) and Kumul. Telecommunications group (Bemobile and Telikom).
“On mobile service base stations and tower sites; Digicel and Telikom continued to upgrade their respective technologies and the reach of their mobile networks in 2020, ”he said.
“Overall, the number of mobile sites in PNG increased by 4% compared to December 2019.
“Operators are upgrading existing sites from 2G to 3G and 4G, resulting in improved user services. “
Mr. Masiu said that the CS2 fiber optic cable with substantial capacity will allow ICT service providers, businesses and citizens to have access to high-speed and high-speed internet services and from the fourth quarter of 2020, all operators are in full compliance with SIM card registration.
“The first SIM registration audit was carried out by NICTA in October 2020 to ensure registration was implemented by mobile network operators.
“Since 2019, a total of 90 base stations have been upgraded from 2G / 3G to 3G / 4G, thereby enabling internet access,” Mr. Masiu said.