Punaha: PNG lacks high speed internet access

Papua New Guinea needs to improve on its broadband accessibility in rural and urban areas throughout the country.

PNG National Information Communication and Technology Authority (NICTA) chief executive officer, Charles Punaha highlighted this at the Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) conference underway in Port Moresby.

Broadband refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access.

Punaha said most developing countries in the Asia Pacific region lack high-speed Internet access.

He said in terms of mobile penetration, most of the countries including PNG have good telecommunication and mobile coverage but the biggest challenge is broadband access.

He admitted that not much has been done to update the use of broadband services because this service is expensive to use in the country.

Punaha added that countries like China, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore are well developed in terms of ICT services and they share their experiences with the developing countries in the region.

He said the intention of the conference is  to share ideas on ICT services between the developed and the developing countries.

Punaha stressed that when developed economies in the region share their ideas, they’re also willing to assist the developing economies to achieve some of the development goals for the ICT sector.

Quintina Naime