The National, Thursday July 19th, 2012
By ABIGAIL APINA
THE National Information and Communications Technology Authority opened a regional office in East New Britain yesterday.
Speaking at the opening at the Takubar Waira office complex, NICTA board chairman Ansgar Palauva said it was another step in NICTA’s efforts to establish its role as a competent converged licensing and regulatory authority for ICT services.
He said NICTA intended to increase its presence outside of Port Moresby to safe-guard the interests of its fee-paying clients.
It is understood there is also a regional office in Momase, Lae, and one in the highlands region is being planned.
Palauva said it was important for the industry and the business community to collaborate with NICTA to ensure that all their ICT systems were appropriately licensed.
He said they should assist NICTA to ensure safe use of ICT services.
“With the opening of our regional office, we envisage to serve you better and to protect your licensed operations,” Palava said.
Inspections of radio dealers were being carried out to ensure the ICT apparatus complied with NICTA requirements.
Palauva said NICTA inspectors would also conduct a nationwide inspection on outlets and premises that suppled communication equipment to eliminate illegal transistor radios that were operating outside the approved FM broadcasting Frequency 88MHz-108MHz.
Provincial Deputy Governor Boniface Setavo thanked NICTA for choosing ENB to house the regional office and urged all stakeholders to cooperate with NICTA to improve services in the region.