High costs due to lack of infrastructure

National, Normal

The National, Monday July 22nd, 2013

 COSTS of internet services are very high in PNG because of lack of necessary infrastructure like optical fibre, satellite and telecommunications expert Mathew Wari says.

The USA-based engineer said this last Friday when asked why internet costs were very high in PNG.

“The main reason why internet is so expensive here is because we don’t have infrastructure like optical fiber rings in PNG,” Wari said.

“By that, I mean fibre which runs from Port Moresby to Alotau, Lae, and then to the New Guinea Islands, then internet will come out cheap.

“Fibre is the only medium for fast internet. We don’t have that. Unless that comes in, internet will be hard to roll out.”

Optical fiber is used by many telecommunications companies worldwide to transmit telephone signals, internet communication, and cable television signals. 

 Fibre-optic communication is primarily installed in long-distance applications, where they can be used to their full transmission capacity, offsetting the increased cost.