NICTA ISSUES CONTENT LICENSE TO DIGICEL

Friday, 20th April, 2012, Port Moresby: Digicel, PNG’s leading telecommunications company today became the first mobile operator to be issued a Content License by PNG’s ICT Industry regulator and licensing authority-the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA).

Digicel received its license from NICTA today along with other operators in the presence of the media and NICTA personnel during a small event at the Airways Hotel in Port Moresby.

Digicel PNG Operations Director, Lorna McPherson, thanked NICTA for opening up new opportunities for Digicel to invest in. She said:

“Digicel is currently reviewing IP TV options in PNG and as a starting point has applied for a license from NICTA in order to trial some in-house options. If successful, Digicel will launch a public service.”

“As we look forward to celebrating five hugely successful years in PNG, this NICTA announcement represents another significant milestone in the development of PNG’s ICT sector. With NICTA’s support, we can now move ahead with our stated ambition of broadening our communications services and giving Papua New Guineans, the type of real value, innovation and superior customer service in areas that is transforming PNG’s ICT sector and making it one of the most dynamic in the region.”

“Digicel is continuing to bring mobile services to new customers. As mobile penetration in PNG continues to rise well beyond 30%, it will raise productivity in other sectors of the PNG economy and bring long-term economic and social benefits to the current and future generations of Papua New Guineans.”

In July last year, NICTA granted Digicel three new ICT licenses-Network, International Gateway, and Application Licenses-under the new National Information and Communications Technology Act, 2009 (National ICT Act). This made Digicel the first mobile operator to successfully migrate to the new ICT licensing regime.

In February this year, Digicel also became the first mobile operator in PNG to successfully migrate its spectrum licenses to the National ICT Act by signing a new Spectrum Usage Agreement (SUA).