MINISTER for Information and Communication Technology and Energy, Sam Basil is inviting all Governors and Open Members to partner with the National Broadcasting Corporation to deliver services to the people.
“There have been some much talk and back-patting about the NBC providing an excellent and comprehensive coverage of the recent 2017 General Elections right across the country,” he said.
“It is remarkable that the NBC could achieve such successful elections coverage despite aging infrastructure and limited financial resources.
“As elected leaders, we must now play an active part in assisting NBC restore its aging and long-neglected broadcast facilities right across the country.”
Mr Basil said he has directed the NBC board and management to immediately source prices of shortwave radio transmitters to be installed in all provincial radio stations, including Hela and Jiwaka.
“I have stated that shortwave transmission is still the most effective means of radio communication for PNG, given our rugged terrain and vast maritime environment,” he said.
“This view has been verified by the NBC technical staff and I will be shortly writing to all Provincial Governors to assist the NBC purchase a shortwave transmitter for their provinces.
“This will greatly and immediately increase radio coverage for each province.”
Mr Basil said he is specifically seeking to source digital-compactible shortwave transmitters globally, thus enabling NBC to also easily migrate to digital radio broadcasting in the near future, as required by the PNG Government and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
He said as with the roll out of all ICT-related projects, he intends to pilot the roll out of the shortwave transmitters in at least two provinces first.
“Depending on the success of the two pilot provinces, and other provincial governors making funding available, we will roll out to the rest of the country.
“I have given instructions to NBC to implement the pilot project within the next three months,” Mr Basil said.