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Date Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2002 5:20 PM
From: "Noel Mobiha"
Cc: "Steven G. Huter" ,Randy Bush
Subject: RE: The State of the Internet in Papua New Guinea
>1) Could you please provide a brief technical description of the Papua New
>Guinea's external connectivity to the Internet - including upstream
>provider(s), international bandwidth of the link(s), etc. ?
The PNG Telecommunications Act gives Telikom PNG the monopoly on the provision
of telecommunication carrier services in PNG. As such Internet services are
provided by Pacific Mobile Communications (PMC) - a subsidiary of Telikom. PMC
which is defined as the ISP leases bandwidth from Telikom and on sells this to
5 Internet Service Distributors (ISDs).
International bandwidth (linking PNG and Australia) is 6 Mbps: 2 Mbps goes
into Telstra and 4 Mbps link goes to Optus as the upstream providers.
>2) Please also list the URLs for each ISP, and contact information
-Datec (PNG) Ltd
Ph. 325 9022 / Fax. 325 9066
-Daltron Electronics Ltd
Ph. 302 2200 / Fax. 325 6558
-Global Technologies Ltd
Ph. 321 4322 / Fax. 321 4167
-High Tech Industries Ltd
Ph. 325 7477 / Fax. 325 1820
-Online South Pacific
Ph. 320 0633 Fax: 320 0611
>3) Can you please provide a short description of the academic network in the
PNG Education and Research Network (ERNet) is a Government of PNG intitiative
to establish an infrastructure that will provide connectivity between
education and research institutions (ERIs) in PNG as an implementation of
Government Policy. It will interconnect Universities as POPs and from there
provide access for ERIs. Of particular interest is the 'shouldering of lower
educational institutions' to give Internet access to lower education.
Services offered among many others are: affordable access to the internet,
content delivery for distance education and flexible mode of learning, inter
institutional database sharing, mirroring of offshore sites, hosting websites.
In the short term there is about 10,000 users to be connected immediately.
Within 5 years Internet access is expected to be given to 100,000 students.
So far the donors of ERNet are the Australian Academic Network (AARNet),
CSIRO, Deakin University Australia, Office of Higher Education (on behalf of
the PNG Government) and the PNG University of Technology in Lae.
ERNet website: http://kumul.ernet.unitech.ac.pg (This will change shortly
once we register ernet domain name).
>4)What do you see as the prospects for Internet growth in Papua New Guinea;
>what would help it, and what are currently the major obstacles?
Internet growth will be proliferated by ERNet. In the history of PNG there
has never been any Government initiative that had or will have so much impact
Within 5 years the roll on effect of ERNet will be realised. We will see
increases in ISP customers and also increases in a small way in the number of
residential customers to Telikom PNG.
Other more relevant impact is the admission of students in tertiary
institutions that are now more IT literate. This will raise the standard of
education in country to another level.