In brief: Coral Sea Cable wholesale internet rates to plummet and other business stories

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New Ireland Province signs deal with Zenith to build three solar plants, inadequate water levels in the Fly River impact Ok Tedi Mining’s operations, and Bmobile and Huawei PNG sign a deal to roll out 5G in Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby. The business news you need to kick-start your week.

Deactivation of mobile phones in Papua New Guinea imminent [analysis]

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No phone calls and no text messages could be the future for Papua New Guineans who haven’t registered their SIM cards. Will they get a second chance?

Women entrepreneurs say ICT infrastructure and expertise delivering economic benefits

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As Papua New Guinea moves into an era driven by technology, both business and the role of women in business are being transformed, Mollina Kapal tells Business Advantage PNG.

In brief: O’Neill puts tax reform on the agenda, and other business stories

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Business’ failure to pay taxes prompts tax reform review, SABL files go missing in Lands Department, and 30 companies face licence cancellations. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Total to build separate LNG pipeline, and other business stories

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Competition concerns prompt Total to build separate LNG pipeline, NICTA chief admits PNG has no cyber attack defence mechanisms, and BCL to step up community engagement. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Highlands Highway upgrade funding details still to be worked out, and other business stories

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Prime Minister says funding details of Highlands Highway upgrade yet to be finalised, parliament considering outlawing roadblocks, and Telikom replaces CDMA network. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

What’s on the agenda for Papua New Guinea business in 2017?

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As Papua New Guinea business gets back to work, Business Advantage PNG looks at some of the issues coming up in 2017. It looks likely to be a year of preparing for better times.

New exchange may see internet costs in Papua New Guinea fall, says analyst

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While a consultancy’s report has shown that internet costs in Papua New Guinea are amongst the highest in the world, prices are falling. Encouragingly, an agreement announced this week could see internet costs fall even further.

Opinion: What you need to know about Papua New Guinea’s new Cybercrime Act

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The Papua New Guinea Government has passed the Cybercrime Bill, which applies to the use of electronic systems and devices, including: spam, hacking, forgery and computer fraud. Zinnia Dawidi, a lawyer specializing in IT & Telecommunications Law, outlines the implications for businesses and individuals.

In brief: ‘Clan vetting’ the key to resolving PNG LNG royalty issue, says Energy Minister

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Officials sent to negotiate with Hides landowners over non-payment of royalties from PNG LNG project, Ok Tedi earns K623 million since March, and PNG Post pays K500,000 in dividends. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.