In brief: Moves to reduce internet charges and other business stories

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New technology may reduce internet charges, Vanuatu assesses cyclone damage and Newcrest buys Wamum gold project. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Total to lead Elk-Antelope gas development, and other business stories

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Joint venture elects Total as operator, PNG DataCo discusses Solomon Islands link, and WCB Resources lifts stake in gold project. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

PNG DataCo looks to build Papua New Guinea’s communications infrastructure

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Telecommunications wholesaler PNG DataCo Limited has been set up as part of a restructure of Papua New Guinea’s telecommunications industry. Business Advantage PNG discusses its critical role with its Chairman Reuben Kautu, an entrepreneur with a strong background of commercial and strategic management, developed during roles with BP, ExxonMobil and, more recently, Telikom PNG’s subsidiary Kalang Advertising Limited.

Prepare for a ‘tsunami’ of development projects: Independent Public Business Corporation chair

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The Chairman of Papua New Guinea’s Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC), Paul Nerau, has flagged a ‘tsunami’ of government-backed development projects worth billions of kina, including the relocation of Port Moresby’s port and gas-generated electricity.

Digicel PNG plans television network as it expands its mobile network

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Mobile phone provider Digicel PNG plans to launch its own multi-station television service later this year. The move is the latest in a series of strategic moves to transform the mobile phone company into a broader based media company in Papua New Guinea.

People moves: Indochine Mining, PNG DataCo, Department of Community Development

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A new chairman at Indochine Mining and cabinet confirms the board of PNG DataCo.

In brief: PM takes over Treasurer’s role, first LNG shipments ahead of schedule and Ok Tedi Mining profits plunge

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O’Neill sacks two more Cabinet ministers, Exxon expects LNG exports to start early and Ok Tedi Mining profits plunge 80%. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

People moves: PNG Dataco, Ela Motors and Harmony Gold

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Dataco board chair and MD appointments, a retirement at Ela Motors and a new Chief Operating Officer for Harmony Gold.

In brief: moves to reserve small business for locals, Ok Tedi orders stayed and BSP profits up

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Moves to reserve small businesses for locals, Court rescinds orders preventing Ok Tedi from dumping waste and BSP records 11% profit increase. Your digest of the week’s business news.

Progress on Papua New Guinea’s national broadband network

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Construction of Papua New Guinea’s national broadband network is progressing, with major milestones set be reached by mid 2015, according to technology consultant Sundar Ramamurthy, who is assisting the PNG government’s Independent Public Business Corporation on the project.