By Jack Lapauve Jnr. – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Internet speed in the country is expected to increase before February 2019.
State Enterprise Minister, William Duma, says this infrastructure will improve high-speed broadband and connectivity for all citizens.
Minister Duma made this statement while visiting the Coral Sea Cable landing site today (August 09), in Port Moresby.
The current submarine cable carries a capacity of 800 Megabytes-per-seconds, however, once the construction of the landing site is completed it is expected to increase to 100,000 Mbps.
This will be a state-of-the-art cable system, where internet speeds and connectivity will be improved, beginning with major cities and towns in the country.
Minister Duma says the Government is confident to cut high internet charges, currently faced by users.
The shores of Kila Barracks will be the landing site for the Coral Sea Cable, which runs from Australia through Papua New Guinea and to Guam.
Minister Duma says the Government is embarking on a wider scale, to extend the cable to all provinces, however, it will take time but is hoped to be completed before 2019.
Huawei PNG will be the leading contractor with relevant funding from the Australian Government and monitoring by a State entity, PNG DataCo Limited.
The first phase of this project will be from Port Moresby to Madang, via Alotau, Popondetta, and Lae.