In brief: Possible rice agreement with the Philippines, and other business stories

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A possible rice deal with the Philippines; developments in gas sales; and landowner issues. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: More than just a Supplementary Budget needed says UN Country Manager, and other business stories

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Roy Trivedy says Supplementary Budget is essential but not enough, Telikom and bmobile merger approved, visas for SME workers on hold.

In brief: CPL recovering from fire at headquarters and warehouse, and other business stories

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‘Too early’ to identify cause of fire at country’s largest retailer’s headquarters and warehouse, assessment of submarine cable underway, and Competition Commission says InterOil takeover may affect market for pipelines. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: New Lae power station being launched this week, and other business news

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Thermal power station launched this week, PNG DataCo and Telikom share fibre optics, Mainland Holdings expands wheat production. Your weekly digest of the latest business news. PNG Power’s Acting CEO Alex Oa says the new 30-megawatt thermal power station at Munum just outside Lae city in Morobe Province is expected to be commissioned this week. PPL is confident […]

People moves: Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Finnish Ambassador, Telikom PNG, DLIR

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A new Executive Director at the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, the new Finnish Ambassador, new acting Chief Executive Officer at Telikom PNG, and new Acting Secretary at DLIR.

Kumul Telikom rolling out 4G network across Papua New Guinea, says Chairman

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Kumul Telikom Chairman Mahesh Patel says the Papua New Guinea telco is close to rolling out its 4G services. He tells ‘Business Advantage Boardroom’, which aired on national broadcaster EMTV, that the merger of bmobile, DataCo and Telikom PNG is necessary to make the state- owned enterprise efficient and manage the technological challenges.

Merger of Telikom PNG, PNG DataCo and bmobile may lead to lower costs, say analysts

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IT analysts and industry insiders tell Business Advantage PNG that the Papua New Guinea Government’s decision to merge bmobile and PNG DataCo under a Telikom PNG renamed Kumul Telikom is likely to increase competition and innovation. But the move will not be without challenges.

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.

Opinion: Is your business at risk from disruption?

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Businesses often don’t realise that they are vulnerable to attacks from disruptive new players until it is too late. Andrew Wilkins considers some of the strategic issues created by creative disruption.

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.