by Leanne Jorari – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The much-hyped National Broadband Network (NBN), expected to deliver faster and more reliable fixed and mobile broadband access around the country, is set to be launched before the end of the year.
Telikom PNG, in partnership with Huawei, have worked tirelessly over the past two years on the US$203 million project.
Papua New Guinea’s around the country will soon enjoy the affordable and faster 4G network through the NBN.
The infrastructure was commissioned by Telikom PNG and built in partnership with Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei, and is scheduled to launch in the coming months, with tests currently carried out to ensure safety and reliability.
Much of the funding was sourced from the China Exim Bank through a liaison with the Department of Treasury.
The NBN is expected to modernise Telikom infrastructure to world-class standards, giving Papua New Guinea’s better access to government services, quality education and improved healthcare.
According to Chairman of Telikom PNG, Mahesh Patel, once the program comes to completion it will usher in a new era for PNG telecommunications.
He said Papua New Guinea’s deserve the best, and soon will get the best.
“The improvemen’s will have a massive impact on our economy, education, health and daily works of life,” Patel said.
Telikom is expecting to rollout the 4G network by the end of this year, with some 256 LTE-compatible base stations scheduled for deployment in the country’s major towns by that date.
Users of the 4G network should see data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than the current 2G and 3G networks.