Masiu rallies support for females in ICT

The theme for this year’s International Girls in ICT Day is 'Digital Skills for Life'. 

Minister Masiu stressed on the importance of bridging the gender divide in the dynamic field of ICT. He called on all stakeholders to support Girls in ICT Day and encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in this field. 

"I commend NICTA for providing the Girls in ICT Scholarship, and their contribution to Girls in ICT, and I encourage more girls to strive hard and pursue a career in the ICT space."

NICTA signs four new scholarships

Scholarship Bonds were signed in the presence of Deputy Registrar of the PNG University of Technology, Naomi Wilkins, for the four recipients who began studies named Hendrica Fifine, Tabitha B. Ibana, Lisa Sariman and Jeroldine Sefo.

Each scholar was presented with a laptop and 1tb external hard drive to complement the scholarship.

Sixteen students are now active under the scholarships program and are all studying at the University of Technology and one at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Maprik school hosts ICT Learning Centre

Masiu stated during the official opening that Maprik Secondary School is amongst five other schools that have been selected.

It is an International Telecommunication Union Pacific Satellite Connectivity project to assist Pacific Islands in the Asia – Pacific region in the Development of Satellite Communications Capacity and Emergency Communications.

The roll out of the project by NICTA is with Computer equipment over a wired and wireless and may be accessible to the local communities surrounding the schools.

NICTA Corporate Plan Launched

On Thursday, 25 November 2021 in Port Moresby, NICTA Chief Executive Officer, Kila Gulo-Vui, Board Chairman Noel Mobiha, Secretary for Department of Prime Minister and NEC, Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu and members, witnessed the launch.

Minister Masiu thanked the NICTA Board members, management and staff for their support to the Ministry of ICT to date.    

He said the launching of NICTA’s Corporate Plan 2021-2025, is an important occasion because it ushers a renewed sense of direction for NICTA.     

Building Partnerships To Inspire

Buk bilong Pikinini’s Early Childhood Education program helps to provide children with the foundations in numeracy, problem solving and various play-based STEM activities throughout the year, however, more should be done in fostering careers in Information and Communications Technology or ICT.

 BbP believes that with the launch of their new publication entitled ‘When I grow up – I want to be an ICT officer’ it will help children understand and choose jobs and skills needed in the field.

Dept Calls For Compliance Checks

“I have a ministerial responsibility to determine whether members of boards and management of internet, cloud and gateway service providers should have a right of controlled access to information and places relevant to my functions and responsibilities, only after I receive a security assessment from the Director-General of the NIO, and if the assessment is not adverse.

“On the other hand, it is mandatory for a NICTA licensee to co-operate with the NIO Director-General during the security assessment,” said Minister for ICT, Timothy Masiu.

NICTA Renews Digicel Operating Licenses

Minister for Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) Timothy Masiu presented the licenses to Digicel PNG CEO, Colin Stone, in Port Moresby today.

The renewed ICT operator licenses are viable for the next 15 years. The two licenses granted to Digicel PNG are the gateway service license and individual network license.

Minister Masiu used the ceremony to promote the Marape-Basil Government’s position based on the ‘Take Back PNG’ intent.

He emphasized that the Take Back slogan is about national content and participation.

NICTA seeks dismissal of SIM deactivation case

Justice David Cannings adjourned the motion, filed by NICTA, Communications Minister Sam Basil and the state, to 7 September.

Lawyers for the three parties filed the motion on July 30 in response to Kramer’s motion that was filed on July 25.

They will be asking the court to dismiss the proceeding.

Justice Cannings adjourned the motion on Tuesday after refusing injunctive orders Kramer sought restraining unregistered SIM cards from being deactivated as of today.

SIM registration extended

Minister for Communication, information and technology and Energy, Sam Basil announced the extension this afternoon.

Meantime Digicel’s Regional CEO for the Pacific, Oliver Coughlan said Digicel now has over 6,000 people in the country registering sim cards, 2,000 of those are based in the rural areas.

Mr Coughlan said Digicel has registered over 1.4 million subscribers and is committed to register more.

Unregistered SIM deactivation imminent

The Waigani National Court allowed the withdrawal of the case after leave was sought by Member for Madang, Bryan Kramer.

Kramer asked for the withdrawal after the court refused to allow the injunctive orders of April 30 to be extended for a further seven days.

He sought an adjournment to obtain a copy of the decision (gazettal of regulation) by NICTA regarding deactivation to file his case.