Firm to fix internet network


HUAWEI Marine will help Papua New Guinea build a national broadband transmission network to meet the increasing demand for internet connectivity, a statement says.
Huawei Marine and PNG DataCo Limited will construct a national submarine cable network to provide the backbone telecommunications needed by coastal centres and islands.
At 5457 kilometres in length, the submarine cable network will provide domestic connectivity across 14 centres and international connectivity via a link to Jayapura in Indonesia.
The design capacity of the system is eight terabits per second (tbps).
It will cater for increased bandwidth demand over the next 10 to 15 years.
When completed, the network will cover 55 per cent of the population and will provide more than 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s domestic bandwidth requirements.
Paul Komboi, managing director of DataCo said: “This new system is very important to Papua New Guinea as it not only includes a new submarine cable network but also provides internet gateways and data centres.
“This will improve the whole information communication technology infrastructure (ICT) in the country and greatly increase network coverage, capacity and the availability of internet and broadband services to end users.
“DataCo is proud to contribute to the national broadband plan in the country.
“Our selection of the experienced team at Huawei Marine, following a tender process, will ensure a successful implementation and delivery of this system.” Mike Constable, chief executive officer of Huawei Marine said: “For island nations, submarine cable systems are key components required for the development of an affordable and effective ICT infrastructure.
“We are proud to be partnering with DataCo to improve and expand telecommunication access in support of Papua New Guinea’s social and economic development.”

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