The National, Friday November 1st, 2013
THE major roll out plan for the National Transmission Network (NTN) has been announced by the Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) in line with National Executive Council decision.
The NTN would provide high-capacity international and domestic fibre optic networks to allow retail telecommunications suppliers to offer consumers competitive prices for high-speed internet service in key strategic sites in PNG.
The primary role of the network enhancement project was to provide wholesale broadband telecommunication services to local retail carriers and service providers.
This would stimulate and support the growth of retail service providers in the use of mobile broadband and increase the number of fixed broadband users.
The NTN was seen as a catalyst in transforming the economy and society under the PNG Vision 2050.
The Government-initiated NTN project had expanded on the Hides-to-Caution Bay LNG fibre optic cable project, which is under construction in a tie-up with Esso Highlands, Oil Search and Southern Highlands provincial government.
The result would be a nationwide, high-speed fibre optic network.
The internet project from Caution bay to Harbour City in Port Moresby was expected to be completed this month, while the Hides-Caution Bay fibre optic cable would be in place by January.