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Network rollout puts a nation in touch

12 July 2012

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After a long wait, telecommunications services are becoming available to even the remotest regions in Papua New Guinea, supported by a private-sector loan project.

Warren Dipole is the owner and manager of Ulumani Treetops Lodge─a remote and environmentally friendly vacation destination. Dipole needs a good, reliable mobile phone network to carry out his business, but that was elusive until recently.

“The mobile phone signal used to be very inconsistent. Sometimes it would disappear for days, sometimes months at a time,” says Dipole.

Things changed for the better when the private telecommunications company Digicel (PNG) built two mobile base stations in the Alotau district. An ADB $25 million loan funded the construction of the mobile phone towers, as well as phone towers in other remote locations across Papua New Guinea.

As soon as the towers were built and operational, Dipole was able to set up his now successful eco-lodge business, which employs 10 people and has visitors all year round.

“My business could not survive without a reliable mobile phone service. I need to be able to contact eco-lodge guests, staff, and suppliers,” says Dipole.

Alotau is in Milne Bay, a maritime province around 360 kilometers (km) east of the capital, Port Moresby, and where people make their living from fishing and working on boats.

“The towers have definitely improved communications and people here carry mobile phones for safety when they are out in their boats,” says Dipole. Dipole is not only a father of two, but he is also responsible for a further 20 dependents.  Having a mobile phone makes it possible for him to keep in touch with his extended family.

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