Papua New Guinea (PNG) major telecommunications provider, Telikom PNG, has opted for Huawei Technologies Ltd to roll out its national broadband network.
The project, supported by the government and the Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC), will “deliver ADSL2+ broadband to over 80, 000 premises,” in the country “with a further 8, 000 locations connected via optical network with speeds of 100mbps.
According to Telecompaper, a new network backbone will be created using long haul microwave transmission network and will be offered to fixed and mobile operators. Telikom PNG will use this service to introduce 4G LTE broadband. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the news.
The country’s opposition caucus, led by Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah, has come out blazing at State Owned Enterprises Minister, Ben Micah, Communications Minister, Jimmy Miringtoro and Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil.
The Post Courier reports Namah singling out concerns raised in the United States (US) regarding national security due to Huawei Technologies connections with the Chinese and Iran military.