Around the world substantial increases in the accessibility and affordability of mobile technologies have been achieved through efficient and effective market competition. Increasingly evidence indicates that access to information communication technologies, and in particular mobile services, has a significant impact on economic growth. As a result increasing mobile penetration, affordability and therefore use is becoming important to growth and poverty reduction strategies for development. Since the introduction of competition mobile market penetration in these countries has increased dramatically Exhibit 1. Vodafone Fiji then maintained its dominant position after the introduction of competition. In Vanuatu we see that following the introduction of competition in mobile penetration increased rapidly.
90% of internet usage in Papua New Guinea is conducted over Digitals' broadband & mobile networks
Over the past few years, Papua New Guinea has experienced positive GDP growth and the government is currently introducing its national strategy, Vision which is hoped will further address long-term infrastructure requirements; improve general living conditions and maintain economic stability. Network deployment costs are high in PNG due to the relatively low subscriber base, the impervious terrain, and the high proportion of the population living in rural areas. As a result, fixed telecom infrastructure is almost non-existent outside urban centres, leaving most of the population un-serviced. The existing submarine cable infrastructure is also no longer adequate and Internet services are expensive and slow.
Mahesh: Telikom PNG is about 60 years old and is a state-owned enterprise. Telikom was carved up in , which created bmobile and later the wholesale arm DataCo. Now, telecommunication is a fast-changing industry and I think these decisions seem flawed, as breaking up the company has weakened it. Recently, we realised that each of the three companies would fail if left on its own. So the government recognised that we need to bring them back in.
Neither a resident director nor a company secretary is required for establishing a company. This is the most common entity used for doing business in Papua New Guinea. It is also known as a private limited.