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PNG Domestic Cable projects soon to launch

The Kumul Domestic Submarine Cable Project going up in Alotau and a few other coastal provinces is reaching completion, it’s a part of the first phase of this major project by the National Government to provide high speed internet.
This is in collaboration with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to build PNG's internet infrastructure, it is said countries like Australia, Japan and the US had made similar offers.
In Alotau, field engineer Gavin Balana for DataCo Ltd who are managers of the submarine cables project say the first phase cables run through to Madang Province.
“The first phase is from Port Moresby to Alotau, to Popondetta, into Lae and Madang (note the international cable from Sydney comes into Madang) so this connects traffic from Pom to Madang as first phase and into the international bandwidth”.
Right now, Balana and crew are conducting end to end tests on this first phase connection, there are teams in all other provinces mentioned also doing the same.
“We are doing the end to end tests of submarine cables to check if okay to put traffic on. For Alotau, we are good to go, it's ready to go live".
They’ve signed a contract with the National Broadcasting Corporation/ NBC, where they are erecting their cable landing stations for this project, in Alotau it’s the building going up near the old Radio Milne Bay studios.
He says commissioning of the cables is towards the end of this month, Alotau will play host to the official launch.
So when up and running, what does it mean for internet service in the province.
"The whole idea of DataCo (a SOE of Government) being a wholesale provider, is to build a national transmission network for PNG via fibre optic technology which will enable fast internet traffic speed and limit dropouts as opposed to the current use of radio and satellite links".
The next phase will be from Madang to Wewak, Vanimo and towards the island provinces for entire coverage.

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