More than 20,000 people of Ialibu-Pangia electorate can now access the Telikom 4G network.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Telikom Chief Executive Officer, Xavier Victor, yesterday launched the 4G LTE network at Pangia station in Southern Highlands Province.
It was a joyous moment for the people of Pangia, as they welcome the New Year with the launching of Telikom’s 4G network.
Not only that, but welcoming their mandated leader, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was away from home since the formation of Government last year in August.
The event started with the animation of how communication has evolved over time.
For them, it was from shouting from mountain tops, through the blowing of bamboo flutes for courtship, and now to accessing instant information using technology.
Telikom CEO, Xavier Victor encouraged schools to use the network to boost their teaching and learning capacity.
The Prime Minister and dignitaries officially launched Telikom’s 4G LTE network.
Mr O’Neill told his people that communication is an important tool, opening many pathways for health, education and other services.
The former government under this leadership has invested millions of Kina into Telikom to improve and expand telecommunication infrastructure.
The Prime Minister also challenged Telikom PNG roll out the 4G network in all 89 districts.
Higher Education Minister Pila Niningi was also present at the launching.
He told the Pangia people his Department has used the internet for the grade 12 selection.
He also highlighted that 13, 000 of the 28,000 grade 12 students were selected into tertiary institutions last year. PNG is the first Pacific Island Country to roll out the 4G network.
Telikom National Retail Manager, Amos Tepi said for a remote place like Pangia to receive 4G network is a milestone, using ICT at the village level.