As Papua New Guinea (PNG) continues its stride to develop its Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry to developed countries in the region, the introduction of the National Broadband Network will have a profound impact on ICT in PNG. This was highlighted by Bosa Togs who is the Manager Business Solutions for Telikom PNG during the PNG Computer Society Annual Seminar held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, last week.
Ms Togs in her seminar with the topic ‘National Broaband Network – Impact on ICT’ told seminar particpants that the rollout of the NBN impact the ICT job roles increasing demand for business analysts and mobile app developers as more organizations adopt online platforms for the business and or improve online services.
Ms Togs said wih the greater access to high speed broadband, the demand from businesses for online technologies and the skills that underpin organizational growth will increase.
“The NBN will in this way further exacerbate acute skills shortages in ICT in this region and could also spawn new ICT roles in what have traditionally been non-ICT sectors such as health, retail and agriculture” Ms Togs highlighted.
Ms Togs emphasized the need for tertiary instituitions to transform their curriculum to produces next generation of graduates that will design, implement and maintain the advanced multimedia application and services needed to bring the value of NBN to businesses and communities.
“The National goal of the NBN is in line with the PNG Government’s 2050 vision and it is importatnt for all stakeholders to work together to deliver this national goal in gvernement and business partnership with focus on the people and be responsible technolgy providers.”
Meanwhile Telikom PNG has begun rolling out the NBN starting in NCD with the installation of new Multi-service Access Nodes (MSANs) to deliver high-speed broadband to resdential and small business customers and will over the next six (6) months see the retirement of five (5) aging digital telephone exchanges and the full-scale deployment of Next Generation Network Soft Switches which work with the new MSANs to provide the fastest broadband in the market.