4 May 2005

PNG Telikom looks at legal action related to AAP installation

7:51 pm on 4 May 2005

The acting managing director of Papua New Guinea's sole communications provider, PNG Telikom, says it will consider legal action if no more information is received on a satellite installation by the Australian Assisting Police.

Martin Veisame says he is concerned that PNG Telikom was not consulted about the VSAT network installation in Port Moresby.

Under existing law Telikom can be the only provider unless it is proven the company cannot provide the service needed.

Mr Veisame says he has asked the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission to give some answers on why the installation was allowed to go ahead.

He says he is holding discussions with legal staff on whether the installation is lawful.

"It provides an avenue where traffic that should pass through the normal network that telecom runs, bypasses our network and goes by this particular link."

Papua New Guinea Police say the VSAT network is to provide internet services, however Mr Veisame says PNG Telikom has the ability to provide these and legal action may follow for loss of business.