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  1. roland funmat
    roland funmat April 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you Amanda. Currently, there is a digicel tower on my island in Tanga in New Ireland, however the BSP eftpos machine operated by a trade store owner on the island cannot log on to the Bank of South Pacific system? How can Nicta get Digicel to upgrade their current services to this end?

  2. Emmanuel Bobola
    Emmanuel Bobola March 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    It is interesting that NICTA’s focus according to its Act has always been the interest of service providers or carriers. One of the biggest challenges in Papua New Guinea is the protection of consumers. The Papua New Guinea ICCT Act does not regulate the Telecommunication Sector because that Sector is regulated by NICTA through the NICTA Act.

    The protection of telecommunication consumers remain a key challenge for NICTA to improve on by bringing in reforms to its Act to ensure consumer rights are protected and consumers are not exploited by telecommunications companies.

    I would like to see NICTA redefining CONSUMER in the NICTA Act to include users and telecommunications companies.

    NICTA also need to review the long held belief that telephone and Internet penetration in PNG is still below world standards, I disagree, an independent research will find that Internet penetration in PNG has gone up and a starking indication is the huge revenue by telecommunications company on data which has exceeded voice.

  3. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain March 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Thanks all for this piece, it’s an important contribution to our understanding of the relevant issues in this area. It also provides some interesting points of comparison with the work of the OGCIO and TRR in Vanuatu, also captured in the Pacific Conversations series.

    1. Dr Amanda H A Watson
      Dr Amanda H A Watson March 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment Tess. In fact, your blog post written with Vanuatu’s telecommunication regulator inspired me to commence discussions with NICTA about writing this post.

      To learn about the Vanuatu context, check out Tess Newton Cain and Dalsie Baniala’s post at: http://devpolicy.org/telecommunications-regulation-in-vanuatu-in-conversation-with-dalsie-baniala-20160809/

      Amanda. 

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