Sorry folks for the delay in my posting. I have been preparing for a conference in Osaka so have not been sitting down to write. Well, today, I did my presentation and decided to visit an Internet Cafe next to my hotel to write this. My hotel had Internet line but I did not carry my laptop so had to come to this Internet Cafe.
When first started this blog, one of the very first posting was about the monopoly enjoyed by Telikom PNG in Papua New Guinea. In that posting, I talked about how expensive Internet is in PNG. One of the prime reasons is because of the the monopoly currently enjoyed by Telikom PNG. Sometime last year I was a signatory to a petition to the minister concerned for Information Communication Technology (ICT) regarding this very issue. And at that time the minister made a statement saying a policy was being prepared regarding ICT in PNG and will be tabled before the government. Read my earlier post. Another related post is here.
Now we read in the newspapers that the policy is not ready! And the general elections are around the corner. To add more confusion, the chief secretary is saying that the policy is ready and that the minister is misleading the public. So who is telling the truth??
That policy was apparantly opposed by Telikom PNG. Because if the policy is implemented, this will allow other telecommunication companies to enter the PNG market.
I admit, I am not a telecommunication engineer nor an economist to know enough to comment on the rights and wrongs of ending the Telikom PNG monopoly. But I am a consumer. And I want a cheap, reliable and efficient phone (mobile or land-line) service and I want to have Internet connection in my home so I can continue to write on my blog. My foundation economics tells me that if there is competition in the market, the prices will drop! At the current rates, I do not think I will be able to afford a phone line, a home Internet line and have a good dinner. I am sure other middle income earners in PNG also want the convenience of these services.
The minister must come out clear and tell us all what really is going on. BEFORE THE ELECTIONS!
I as a consumer would prefer the monopoly enjoyed by Telikom PNG to end. I want to have a choice. Right now I don’t. I am at the mercy of Telikom PNG.
It is now 2013 and Digicel has been in PNG for sometime now. The mobile phone rates were cheap when Digicel first entered the PNG market but now I talk for less and pay more.
Poor Telikom/BMobile is trying its best to keep up with Digicel. Its mobile rates are cheaper but their coverage rates are terrible so we are not able to access their cheap rates.
I don’t know about Citiphone. They are a small player and finding their feet.
I read sometime back that Vodafone Fiji will enter PNG market but no physical presence yet.