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Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited

Kumul Telikom Holdings Limited

Kumul Telikom Holdings (KTH) is a holding company endorsed by NEC to oversee all State interests in the information and telecommunication (ICT) sector of Papua New Guinea. Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) is currently restructuring the three telecommunication entities (Telikom, Bmobile, and PNG DataCo) into one communications service provider from wholesale services to retail mobile and fixed line. Through infrastructure investment and adoption of next generation network architecture and platforms, the new company will be more efficient and competitive; and customers will enjoy affordable, reliable, comprehensive access to communication services.

KTH subsidiary, Telikom PNG, was incorporated on July 1, 1955 to own and operate the telecommunications network in Papua New Guinea.  It is wholly owned by the Government through KCH.  Apart from its fixed-line core telecommunication business, which accounts for 43% of gross revenue, Telikom also provides data transmission services as well as retail and wholesale voice and data broadband services.

Its network is entirely digital, extensive and an established combination of microwave radio, satellite and intra-city optical fibre transmission systems that connect to a nationwide network through telephone exchanges and data switches while linking PNG worldwide with its Optical Ground Wire system and international submarine fibre cables through two locations in the country.

KTH, through its subsidiary PNG DataCo are implementing domestic and international submarine cable programmes which will provide significant increases in terrestrial bandwidth, supporting PNG mobile and fixed line communication platforms whilst substantially reducing the cost of accessibility.

Services currently available feature landline, 4G mobile GSM service, fixed wireless voice & data, Wimax broadband, VSAT, PABX, IPLAN, VPN, hotspot, and video conference.

It also has four subsidiary companies; namely Kalang Advertising, a radio broadcaster with 100 percent ownership, PNG Directories with 54% share, Datec PNG Limited – an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Media New Guinea Limited (EMTV), a national TV broadcaster.

Telikom PNG Limited operates fixed line services across PNG providing high capacity broadband data and conventional voice services to commercial and residential customers. The company is upgrading traditional copper based lines with high capacity fibre optic cables to provide fibre to the building (FTTB) and fibre to the home (FTTH) services, in major centres. The company also provides substantial multi-user conventional and ‘cloud based’ PABX services to corporate customers.

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Bmobile Limited operates a 2G/3G/4G network across PNG providing mobile GSM services. The company has 15% share of the mobile communications market in PNG, on prepaid and postpaid/corporate plans. Bmobile pioneered free on-net call bundles and has led the way in driving value into the market

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PNG DataCo Limited is a wholesale communications services provider, with access to the group’s submarine and onshore fibre cable and satellite infrastructure. The company is the lead implementing agency for the domestic and international submarine cables, which will deliver revolutionary bandwidth capacity over the next 24 months.

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