Lihir gold mine instals new network


THE installation of the new broadband network at the Lihir gold mine will make its operations more efficient and cost-effective, according to a Newcrest Mining Limited official.
Lihir executive general manager Craig Jetson said it was a partnership between Newcrest, Telstra and satellite service provider O3b Networks to deliver high-speed broadband through its new 100 megabits per second (Mbps) satellite link to be installed.
“This new satellite service has provided us with the opportunity to access technologies that are reliant on high bandwidth platforms that streamlines our operations, making us more efficient and cost effective,” he said.
Newcrest chief information officer Gavin Wood added that Newcrest was proud to make use of the new service to improve network experience, enabling better IT.
“The new link will make Lihir a better place to work and live for our workforce with its speed similar to that experienced in major centres like Port Moresby,” he said.
According to a statement, the Lihir operation was previously subscribed to 6Mbps and 10Mbps geostationary satellite links which was not reliable.
“Previous attempts to address the problem through microwave links and submarine fibre optic cable proved unviable, given Lihir is about 200km from the provincial capital Kavieng,” it said.
Telstra’s director of Global Connectivity and Networks Jim Clarke said under the agreement, Newcrest’s Wide Area Network service would be extended.

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