Masiu urges internet users to be responsible

He went on air this morning on NBC Radio to clarify on the abuse and misuse of social media that has led to incitement and negative comments towards leaders of parliament and the general public, after the riot last Wednesday.

With the directive from the National Executive Council to restrict internet access, Mr Masiu has brushed aside rumours that there will be no shutdown on all social media platforms.

Censorship Board out to review internet usage

The objective is to develop policies that ensure the safe use of the internet, particularly in filtering undesired materials such as explicit photographic content.

During a courtesy call to the Acting Provincial Administrator Leo Mapmani, Acting Executive Manager Strategic Policy and Coordination, Nickson Kaido clarified the board's mission. The focus is on regulating content delivered in Papua New Guinea, especially on TV channels, to ensure it complies with established standards.

Surge In Number Of Internet Users

According to Datareportal, there were 1.37 million internet users in PNG in January 2021. 
The internet penetration in PNG stood at 15.2% in January 2021. 

However, Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Risk and Consulting Practice in PNG, Alberto Cimas said as PNG catches up in its adoption of digital technologies, there is an urgent need to improve cybersecurity. 

Faster, more reliable internet access

"On February 19 the first stage of the Kumul Domestic Cable – a fibre-optic link from Port Moresby to Madang, via Alotau, Popondetta and Lae – was completed," said the Oxford Business Group. 

"The project, which was developed by the state-owned ICT infrastructure development firm PNG DataCo in collaboration with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, has resulted in a rise in transmission speeds compared to previous traffic carried on microwave radio systems.

PNG’s new satellite internet system

The critical investment by Australia saw its Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne, join PNG’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato, yesterday for the event.

Payne said the new system will benefit Papua New Guineans by reducing barriers to learning, improving private sector capacity and fostering job creation in the long term.

“In the near term, the project will boost connectivity for APEC meetings in Port Moresby in November,” she stated.

Cheaper, faster internet for PNG: Abel

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, recently engaged with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund at meetings in Washington D.C.

Abel says the new submarine fibre optic communications cable project, and the provision of concessional financing for the restructuring of existing debt, will deliver positive economy stimulus for the economy.

Apple is planning to beam Internet on Earth using low orbit satellites

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple Inc. has poached two top Google satellite executives to constitute a new hardware team.

Internet switched back on in Cameroon

People were delighted when online access was restored in both regions on Thursday at around 19:00 GMT, a BBC correspondent in Bamenda reports.

Before the ban, authorities had warned mobile phone users they faced jail for spreading false information.

Communications and the economy were badly affected by the shutdown.

Anglophone Cameroonians make up about 20% of the country's 23 million people. The other regions of the country are predominately French-speaking.


On the ground: Frederic Takang, BBC News, Bamenda, Cameroon

New IXP facility will address high internet costs

The National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) officially announced the operational soft launch of the PNG Neutral IXP, which is a shared, and soon to be, a managed ICT infrastructure of the PNG IXP group.

The IXP also addresses the issue of quality of internet service in the country. It is a physical location where internet service providers (ISPs) connect to exchange local traffic with each other via a network switch.

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