High speed internet access for Manus

Manus Province will soon have access to high speed and resilient internet access just like Port Moresby, Lae and around the world.

This will be facilitated in the first quarter of 2020 by PNG DATACO LIMITED (DataCo), the state-owned backbone ICT provider.

Manus is currently serviced by satellite providers including Telikom, Digicel and bmobile.

However, access, speed, cost and availability of satellite services has left no options for the people of Manus that will transform and propel the island community into the digital age.

Recently DataCo team comprised of engineers, commercial and contractors visited Manus to do a topography survey for the Cable Landing Station (CLS), which will be built at the Manus NBC premises, and the Outside Support Plant (OSP) including a beach-manhole, where the subsea cable will terminate.

Manus MP and Parliamentary Speaker Job Pomat pledged his commitment to ensure all stakeholders appreciate and accept this project wholeheartedly without hindrance.

Managing Director, PNG DataCo Limited, Paul Komboi, said the cable, once landed, will ensure people of Manus, including business houses, have access to high speed internet as well as other online services such as e-commerce, banking and e-learning.

He said the provincial government will then introduce and access online e-government applications and services.

Komboi added that other government initiatives that can also benefit from this network include the NID, the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS), Government pay system (ALESCO) and the Integrated Government Information System (IGIS).

He stressed that this will certainly propel Manus to greater heights in terms of economic growth and expansion where PNG DataCo will remain the catalyst.

Freddy Mou