CHINA’S Huawei Marine has announced it will help Papua New Guinea to build a national broadband transmission network to meet the increasing demand for internet connectivity and foster social and economic development across the country.

Huawei Marine and PNG DataCo Limited, a telecommunications carrier established by the PNG Government, will construct a National submarine cable network to provide the backbone telecommunications needed by major coastal centres and islands in PNG.

At 5, 457km in length, the submarine cable network will provide domestic connectivity across 14 main population centre’s cities and international connectivity by a link to Jayapura in Indonesia.

The design capacity of the system is 8Tbps, which will cater for increased bandwidth demand over the next 10 to15 years. When completed, the network will cover 55% of the population and will provide more than 70% of PNG’s domestic bandwidth requirements.

“This new system is very important to Papua New Guinea as it includes not only a new submarine cable network but also Internet Gateways and Data Centres,” Paul Komboi, managing director of DataCo, said.

“This will improve the whole ICT infrastructure in the country and greatly increase network coverage, capacity and the availability of Internet and broadband services to end users. DataCo is proud to contribute to the national broadband plan in the country.

Our selection of the experienced team at Huawei Marine, following a tender process, will ensure a successful implementation and delivery of this system.”

Mike Constable, Chief Executive, Huawei Marine said that for island nations, submarine cable systems are key components required for the development of an affordable and effective ICT infrastructure.

“We are proud to be partnering with DataCo to improve and expand telecommunication access in support of Papua New Guinea’s social and economic development.”