By Leanne Jorari – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Following the January acquisition of Media Niugini Limited (MNL), EMTV’s parent company; Chairman for the Telikom group, Mahesh Patel, discussed the diverse plans the State Owned Enterprise (SOE) has in store for the media company.
A month after taking ownership of Media Niugini Limited from Fijian Holdings Limited, the Telikom group have been busy focusing on formulating strategic plans for a network of synergies.
Chairman of Telikom, Mahesh Patel, elaborated on the company’s plans to position MNL to expand coverage across Papua New Guinea as well as the transition from analogue to digital technology platforms.
“Papua New Guinea needs EMTV, it is the most reliable, mass market communication medium and source of information and infotainment. Our vision is for Telikom to be able to deliver television and video content to customers through the fixed and mobile broadband network across the country, thus being able to deliver a triple-play of voice, data and content from a single provider, cost effectively,” Patel said.
The SOE’s purchase of MNL will allow synergies between the two companies to work towards augmenting service offerings, giving EMTV viewers and Telikom customer’s new and diverse experiences.
These include Telikom towers being used to expand EMTV coverage to parts of PNG that could not be viable in the past.
According to Patel, Telikom and MNL now have a workforce with skill sets and capabilities, which allow both companies to source and share these resources without the need to outsource.