Work disrupting mobile network


PNG DataCo Ltd has been working on activating the link on Coral Sea submarine cable (CS2) system this week which may cause network outage, the company said.
PNG Dataco said on its Facebook page: “We will be working to activate the link with migration of traffic from PPC1 (pipe Pacific cable 1) and APNG 2 to the CS2 so there will be network outages and glitches happening that may affect its clients’ link.” PPC1 cable connects Madang, Australia and Guam while the APNG2 cable connects Sydney, Australia, and Port Moresby.
“We will be providing our schedule for outage as we progress,” it said.
“If there are further discrepancies apart from the planned, we will advise you accordingly.”
Mobile network operator Digicel advised on its Facebook page: “due to daytime work being performed by DataCo, operators in PNG will experience disruptions to off-island internet traffic.
“Unfortunately, this is beyond our control and in order to limit disruption to you, we have moved our internet to satellite services.
“We hope DataCo is able to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.”
Kina Bank also advised on its Facebook page that its services such as retail and corporate internet banking, online international payments via Swift and over the counter international payments via Swift services might be affected due to this upgrade.
However, when contacted yesterday if the bank had received any complaints from customers if they were being affected, a spokesperson told The National that they had not received any complaint so far.
Meanwhile, Bank South Pacific chief executive officer Robin Fleming confirmed that the bank did experience some telecommunications delivery fluctuations but the bank had both primary and secondary links for every branch to reduce the impact on its customers when there were communication outages.
Fleming said the links came with costs but was necessary that the disruptions were minimised.