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Papua New Guinea’s internet is gaining speed

Increased investments in telecommunications infrastructure are set to improve ’s capacity, extending coverage across the country and paving the way to roll out services.
With low fixed-line internet and telephone penetration rates last year – at 9.4% and 1.9%, respectively – connectivity in PNG is mainly being driven by phone ownership, with penetration rates standing at 49% earlier this
However, despite mobile service coverage of 80% as of early 2016, some services are limited due to slower operating speeds, with many rural regions only having access to
In a bid to increase coverage and penetration rates in the country, two of PNG’s telecommunications service providers, and , aim to begin offering LTE services by the end of the
In mid-March, fixed-line operator Telikom PNG announced plans to spend some PK400m ($126.4m) on broadening its network infrastructure. Much of this investment will be directed towards installing hard infrastructure required for advanced connectivity, according to Michael Donnelly, CEO of Telikom.
“The company is expecting to roll out a 4G network by the end of 2016, with some 256 LTE-compatible base stations scheduled for deployment in major towns in Papua New Guinea,” he told local media earlier this year.

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