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Expiry Date for Registered SIM Cards

By : Post Courier

Like a driving licence or a motor vehicle, there is an expiry date set under legislation for their validity.

Can NICTA as regulator do the same with phone SIM cards under the current registration exercise, or eventually is that its intention.

Of course the underlying intention is undisputable considering security of persons and verification of users and all the other too important reasons.

The matter arises because the rush has begun in the countdown for the registration of SIM cards for mobile phone users in PNG.

And this has to be done within the last 10 days of this year because come midnight December 31, 2017 connection to all unregistered phones will be automatically cut off.

This applies right across the board whether or not you are an urban or rural dweller with a cell phone using the Digicel, Bmobile or other networks.

So far there has not been any indication from NICTA of any possible extension of time for the registration exercise.

In Digicel’s efforts to meet the deadline, they have now engaged students to carry out the registration of almost one million subscribers that have not yet been accounted.

They claim to have already registered up to 700,000 network users.

For the networks, there has to be up to date correlation with NICTA which issues the SIM cards and quick, efficient and accurate entry of registration details to avoid penalising customers that have already filled out the required documentation to confirm with the instruction.

This is because NICTA keeps sending prompts to subscribers that have already registered their mobile phones with Digicel.

This indicates a lack of correlation and discrepancy between the mobile networks and NICTA’s registration data base.

Customers that have already registered cannot be penalised through no fault of theirs.

The significant point that must be made clear now by NICTA is when the registrations of mobile phones expire.

There is no clear information about this critical factor because mobile phone users are entitled to know at the earliest what is in store for them on the long term.

The question arises considering that registration of SIM cards could be converted, intended or aligned as a major revenue raising protocol in the immediate future for the regulator.

A single registration definitely is not intended for a lifetime.


Sim Registration Nears Deadline

BY ROBINSON LEKA  ( Post Courier )

With almost under a week to go, the pressure to register sim cards before the December 31, continues to build as both mobile service providers and their customers find themselves in a long and rigorous registration process.

Digicel for the past three weeks has set mobile registration booths for their customers throughout Port Moresby to register their phone numbers.

The Waterfront Foodworld at Konedobu has been busy for the past three days with customers flooding in to register their sim cards.

Registration on Tuesday was put on hold as the network faced connection issues in uploading registered customer’s information, forcing Digicel officers on ground to call off registrations for the day.

One major challenge for Digicel this month is the upkeep of its network systems to facilitate a huge amount of subscribers registering their sim cards.

Digicel PNG is currently the largest mobile network operator in Papua New Guinea, with roughly 4 million subscribers, of which, only about 1.5 million have registered so far.

Dianne Auko, an officer with the Digicel sim registration team, described the situation as hectic as she and her team continue to register more customers.

“Even though the customers are harsh, we have to be patient and explain the process to them so that we can help them register their sims before the end of the month,” Auko said.

Australia ‘GIFT’ a New International Fiber Cable to PNG

1st December

The much talked about New International Fiber Cable from Port Moresby to Sydney will be a ‘GIFT’ from the Government of Australia to the people of Papua New Guinea.

Highlighted in the 2018 National Budget, the 1,800km of Fiber Cable would costs about $USD95m to build and would be in operation in 24 months.

This new Fiber Cable when in operation has the potential to lower internet costs and brings faster speed to Papua New Guinea.

The New Fiber being called as APNG3 and will carry ‘Terabytes of Capacity” can bring up to USD$500 millions annual revenue if managed properly.

Internet Cost on APEC Agenda

BY : The National


High Internet costs will be among the areas of focus for the Apec Business Advisory Council (Abac) when it hands over the task to Papua New Guinea for 2018.

Abac co-chair David Toua said it would be an opportunity to look at opportunities for PNG.

“One of the good things about being part of Apec and Abac is that we get to see what goes on in 20 other colleague economies,” he said.

“Our responsibility is to look at those examples and see how we can utilise that within PNG.

“It’s very evident that reliable, affordable broadband is a massive plus for other economies.

“Our challenge is to sit down with Government agencies and highlight the advantages to be gained.”

Toua said these included programmes to help people socially and economically, and emulating success stories of other Apec economies.

He said the Government already had an agreement in place to bring down Internet costs through a fibre optic cable.

Meanwhile, Toua said having Apec economies and businesses in PNG for a whole year in 2018 would open up new opportunities.

“There is a certainly a broad spectrum of development from the Apec economy,” he said.

Basil to Revive Radio Station

By : Post Courier

Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil wants all 22 provinces to have short wave frequency radio stations.

He said this during the Central Province assembly induction program last week Friday in Port Moresby.

“My role as the minister is to make sure that we go back to all the 22 provinces to make sure that we revive the radio stations,” Mr Basil said.

He said most of the radio stations currently using frequency modulation (FM) face the problem of signal loose in the rural settings as it is only powered by repeater and could not be able to penetrate when it meets obstacles.

“This is to ensure that people are kept informed and in tuned with the government of the day,” Mr Basil said.

He said to achieve this he will need the assistance of each local PMs of the 22 provinces.

“We will also require the support of the provincial government and administration for my department to roll out the program because I believe that the past decision made by previous government that transfers the provincial radio assets back to the provinces, the National Broadcasting Corporation and Department of Communication took the step back because there’s no funding to make sure we maintain those asset.

“I want to go short wave and we want to bring back to all the provinces capital in Papua New Guinea through National Broadcasting Corporation so that people in the mountains can have excess to communication,” Mr Basil said.


Govt Bodies To Use IGIS

BY MELISHA YAFOI ( Post Courier )

MINISTER for Communication and Information Technology Sam Basil says he is now looking at cutting all government office internet costs from K160 million down to K40 million.

Mr Basil said this after a brief visitation to the Integrated Government Information System (IGIS).

System (IGIS) project and the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) hosted by NICTA.

He said he has now tasked the Department of Communication and Information to prepare a National Executive Council submission for all departments including State owned entities to use the million kina (IGIS) project.

“We want all the government departments to use the data base and my visit yesterday, I have found that there are only few government departments using this system. The PNG government has spent considerable amount of money to set it up. It’s very important that any country around the world move their data into one so that we can protect it and we can make sure that we cut costs.”

“We will be cutting costs if we transfer all or allow the entire governemtn department to migrate into one place.

Very soon we will be looking at the examples of Malaysia and the examples of Singapore government how they protect their data base and we will adopt the same,” he said.

The Minister said they are now putting up a team in making sure that the installation of the cyber security system including the personnel’s and soft ware and hard ware systems are in place.

“PNG has great potential to expand its wings in the information and communication technologies (ICT) area in a big way.

“ICT services are vulnerable especially to cyber threats.

“And I personally want to ensure that our great investments in ICT like the IGIS and the internet exchange point, must be protected to serve the government and the private sector as well as ordinary Papua New Guineans and residents.

I am an advocate of responsible communications so cyber security and cybercrime policing are high on the list with details yet to be worked on,” he said.

Basil Aims to Improve Power, Telecommunication Services

By : The National


Sam Basil aims to ensure people have access to reliable, affordable and sustainable power supply and telecommunication in the country.

Speaking during a handover ceremony in Port Moresby yesterday, the new Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy said that his appointment signified the start of implementing rural electrification and VSAT communications.

Basil’s predecessor and Talasea MP Francis Maneke handed over the ministry to Basil in front of the deputy leader of the Pangu Pati and Goilala MP William Samb, departmental heads, board members and other officers.

Basil said his Bulolo district implemented communication and power installation in the last decade, with 100 households receiving the services every three months.

He said he would consult and work with fellow MPs for the government to implement the installations in other districts in this term of Parliament.

“Our prime minister’s (Peter O’Neill) direction is clear on achieving them,” Basil said.

“Details of the way forward will be mapped out in my ministerial statement next month when Parliament resumes.”

Basil was appointed minister on Aug 18.

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