Third mobile network operator to enter PNG market


March 28, 2021 - 1606 views

A third mobile network operator will enter the market before year end.

Digitec Communications Limited will be rolling out their 4G and 5G telecommunications network in preparation for its launch in 2021.

Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Timothy Masiu, said  the Ministry is confident the operator license issued to Digitec will be fully used by end of this year when it launches the Vodafone PNG brand.

Mr Masiu said the construction of Digitec’s over 1, 100 towers once in full operation will create up to 1, 000 new jobs.

“Presentations by both the Digitec Communications CEO Mr Pradeep Lal and CTO Mr Justine Prakash during the site visit highlighted that the construction of over 1, 100 tower is to be completed and once in full operation will see up to 1, 000 new jobs on the market ranging from sales/market, to engineering and ICT specific jobs.”

The ICT Minister said with the third operator, more people will have access to services at a much cheaper price.

“I am delighted to inform the public that the introduction of a third mobile network operator will bring much needed competition to the marker to drive retails prices down for the benefit of our people. We’ve also done our independent assessments and we believe mobile coverage could easily jump from 42 percent to 85 percent within one year after the launch of the third operator, this means that more of our people will have access to communication services at a much cheaper price.”

“In addition, this should finally trigger regulated tower sharing pricing and mobile number portability in early 2022. So it is truly exciting time ahead for us all.”

 

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Mike, 2 weeks ago
Interesting