By ANCILLA WRAKUALE
PAPUA New Guinea’s internet and information technology providers were issued operating licences by the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (Nicta) yesterday, The National reports.
The licences covered the ISPs’ migration to Nicta of licences from the previous licencing agency Pangtel and the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission.
This was in line with reforms in the ICT sector under the national ICT Act 2009 and subsequent creation of Nicta last Octover.
As part of the reforms to make the sector competitive, Nicta was now the sole licencing and regulatory body and was spearheading the migration of licences issued by the defunct Pangtel/ICCC.
Chief executive officer Charles Punaha said it had taken a while for Nicta to undertake the process due to ongoing consultation process with the ICT operators.
Telikom was issued the individual network licence, the international gateway licence and the individual applications licence.
Daltron was issued an individual network licence and an individual applications licence.
The other ICT service providers like Daltron, Global internet, DataNets, MiCom and Comserve were also issued individual applications licences.
Punaha said Daltron was the only company that requested for the network licence apart from Telikom and Punaha.
He told other ICT operators to submit forms early so that they could work on their request.
Punaha also urged them to comply with the terms and conditions outlined in the licence.
He said the deadline for the consultation process with the ICT operators is Aug 5 and urged the operators to provide them with feedback as the information gathered would go towards setting conditions for the licence which would apply to them.