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Aspects of Mobile Phone Usage forSocioeconomic Development in Papua New Guinea

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Title: Aspects of Mobile Phone Usage forSocioeconomic Development in Papua New Guinea
Author(s): Suwamaru, Joseph
Date published: 2015
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) discussion paper series: 2015/11
Little data is available on mobile phone usage in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Up to 2007, under the government-owned Telikom monopoly, communities within Papua New Guinea were inaccessible due to limitations in communications connectivity (Mitchel 2008). Telikom supplied fixed phon services while its fully owned subsidiary company, B-mobile, provided mobile services. Telikom served only 64,000 fixed phone subscribers while B-mobile garnered a low 60,000 mobile phone users against the total population of seven million (O’ome 2010). At that time, the combined penetration rate of less than 2 per cent was lower than the indicators of many comparable developing countries.
ISSN: 1328-7854


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