Australian telecommunication giant Telstra’s decision to buy Digicel Pacific is tainted with Australian government involvement.
There is clearly strategic geopolitical interests at play here since Telstra will only be paying US$270 million if the sale goes through, only a very small percentage of the purchase price of US$1.6 billion.
That is a lot of Australian taxpayers’ money and while it is entirely their business, such spending must raise our antennas in Papua New Guinea.
Digicel has a lucrative niche carved out in the Pacific, even if the global business weighed down by debt, but I do not think money is of prime concern here.
It is the regional mobile telephone network and traffic that is important.
If the mobile telephony business is considered of strategic geopolitical interest by Australia and China, why should it not be our concern also?
Why should it not be PNG’s concern to protect all strategic businesses and assets in the country?
POST PNG has opened a parcel locker service at the Vision City Mega Mall in Port Moresby as it moves away from the traditional brick and mortar model.
Post PNG national retail manager Vincent Kora said yesterday that the parcel locker was a high technology android and locking system.
“To use the parcel locker, it involves paying through the counter, once the payment is completed, a system generated bar code will be processed to stick on parcels before using the parcel lockers,” he said.
“The customer scans and enters the mobile number of the receiver at the parcel locker android system, automatically the door opens to drop off the package.”
Kora said as soon as the door was closed, an automatic SMS was sent to the receiver of the parcel.
THE number of unlicensed or foreign fishing vessels coming into the country has dropped with the use of a satellite based electronic system, according to the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).
Deputy managing director Noan Pakop told The National on the sideline of the fisheries judicial conference yesterday that previously, there were a lot of unlicensed or foreign vessels coming into the country which was a concern to the communities that relied on marine resources.
THE Government has a national emergency and incident response framework to deal with cyber security matters, according to Information and Communications Technology Minister Timothy Masiu.
He said this after the Government system through the Finance Department was hit by a ransomware attack that left its Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) vulnerable for a week.
Masiu noted that in 2018, through the initiative of various agencies including the Department of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council, the National Information Communication Technology Authority (Nicta) with support from the Australian government, started a national cyber security centre project.
THE Bank South Pacific Financial Group Ltd (BSP) has warned its customers to protect their accounts’ personal identification number (PIN).
Chief executive officer Robin Fleming told The National that some of the bank’s customers had experienced fraudulent activities in their accounts due to card cloning.
Fleming said police were investigating the matter and the bank was carrying out an awareness for customer protection.
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