Phone wars: Bmobile ready to take on the competition, says CEO

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With lower prices, and more investment in customer service and infrastructure, state-owned telco Bmobile says it is ‘competition ready’ in the face of a dominant existing market leader and a new competitor due later this year.

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In brief: InterOil considers appeal after ExxonMobil takeover rejected, and other business stories

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Canadian court upholds appeal against ExxonMobil takeover bid for InterOil, BSP CEO says 2017 Budget reflects prevailing conditions, and Sepik Plains holds high potential for beef industry. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Agreement with Vodafone UK will allow bmobile to expand and compete, says Ramamurthy

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Papua New Guinea’s third telecommunications operator, bmobile, has signed a partnership arrangement with the global giant, Vodafone UK. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Ramamurthy tells Business Advantage PNG what the agreement means for the company’s operations in PNG and Solomon Islands.

Around the world: Channel Seven defends corruption claims, and other international stories

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Corruption and money laundering claims continue to dominate headlines, as NZ politicians favour immunity for Fiji’s current coup leaders.

BeMobile in talks with Vodafone UK

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The Independent Public Business Corporation says it is now talking directly with Vodafone UK to bring the global telecommunications giant to run BeMobile PNG.

Future of Fiji investment partner in Bemobile up in the air

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The Papua New Guinea government is looking for a new partner to develop the country’s second mobile phone carrier, Bemobile, after the Fiji National Provident Fund suddenly pulled out.

Opinion: why Papua New Guinea and Fiji are expanding their friendship

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A curious thing has been happening in the Pacific. Instead of running trade and investment road-shows in Australia, New Zealand or China, two Pacific Island countries have been courting investment from each other, observes Jenny Hayward-Jones.

Analysis: the shape of things to come in digital marketing

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From a Papua New Guinea perspective, the most striking thing about attending Australia’s major annual media and marketing conference last week was the irrelevance of so much of the content, writes Robert Hamilton-Jones.

Around the world: High profile violence/Vodafone in Madrid/mining approval delays/busy Pacific Beat/Greek sell-off

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PNG violence, Vodafone in Madrid, PNG criticised for mining delays, the gold crash leads to a gold rush, and much more news from around the world

Vodafone Bemobile: the work begins

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The transformation of Bemobile mobile phone company following last week’s reported restructure has begun, with Bemobile’s Regional CEO for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, Pradeep Lal, already in PNG to take the reins, and a contract to roll out 300 more towers in place.