290612 ABG commends Digicel
BY Aloysius Laukai
PRESIDENT of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville Chief Dr John Momis has commended telecommunication company Digicel PNG Limited, for its success in establishing communication services throughout Bougainville despite having had some of its equipments destroyed in some areas.
Momis said this, when he met with Digicel Chief Executive Officer John Mangos and Chief Technical Officer Shiva Kumar in Port Moresby recently.
“My government and I regard the services provided by Digicel in Bougainville as of great significance in terms of Digicel having;
- greatly improved the contact of our rural people with the outside world,
- through that contact, contributed to the often difficult and ongoing work of peace building in post conflict Bougainville,
- facilitated many aspects of both economic and social development in a post-conflict Bougainville where our communities have many special needs,” said Momis.
During their meeting, the President had the opportunity to advice Mangos on several issues of interest and concern to the ABG including the use of Digicel towers to extend radio broadcast coverage in Central and South Bougainville, Sponsorship of the Bougainville Team for the PNG Games in November and a possible new tower for San Toro Pass in Konnou, Buin District, South Bougainville.
Momis said that if it is possible to establish such a tower to service the east coast side of Konnou, this would be a major contribution to peace building in Bougainville.
“In co-operation with the ABG and local leaders, Digicel should be able to explore the situation in Konnou and establish with more certainty both the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of establishing a tower there,” said Momis.
“If it is possible, it would be a major contribution to a return to normalcy and opening access to the outside world in an area where access to information and to education has been particularly bad for many years,” Momis added.
He assured Digicel of ABG’s continued support on the basis that both entities shared similar interest in providing communication service to the people of Bougainville.
“I look forward to the ABG and Digicel having a closer working relationship in the future,” added Momis.
New Dawn FM would be piggybacking on the Digicel Towers to send its program signals to Central and South Bougainville.