Telikom PNG starts Lynk sat-phone service
January 24, 2024
By Chris Forrester
Lynk Global and Telikom have started an initial commercial Sat2Phone service for subscribers in Papua New Guinea. This collaboration is anticipated to significantly enhance mobile coverage in the country, benefitting both the local population and visitors.
The initial Sat2Phone service will begin with SMS messaging and is expected to expand in the future to include voice and mobile broadband, ultimately delivering an urban-like mobile experience anywhere, no matter how remote. When achieved, ubiquitous connectivity will have the potential to offer life-saving emergency alerts and SMS warnings in areas vulnerable to natural disasters.
Telikom, a telecom company in the South Pacific, is nationally owned and provides a range of telecommunication services in Papua New Guinea, including local, national, and international fixed-line and mobile services. Telikom engages in both retail and wholesale business, offering voice and data broadband services.
Amos Tepi, CEO of Telikom, commented: “Today’s announcement will, over time, be instrumental in improving the lives of Papuans right across our nation. Lynk’s network deployment will enable continuous mobile coverage, surpassing the limitations of traditional terrestrial mobile towers. The initial service, starting in Hela Province, will extend in 2024 and beyond, allowing Telikom to better serve new and existing subscribers.”
James Alderdice, Lynk’s VP, Asia-Pacific, added: “Our partnership with Telikom will enable mobile connectivity to be extended to the people of Papua New Guinea. Offering initial commercial service reflects Telikom’s innovative approach to bringing disparate communities together.”