Dataco Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Paul Komboi has advised that the network outage to most parts of the Momase region and some parts of the Highlands region, is due to a current exercise being conducted by PNG Power Limited (PPL), which will see transmission lines moved to a new pole between Ramu, Lae and Madang.
Mr. Komboi told PNG HAUSBUNG that due to PNG Dataco’s reliance on PPL for the of usage of power for their Fiber optic cables, it is a must that the relocation to the new proposed site includes temporary shutting down of services to facilitate this move.
“We use PNG Power for our Fiber optic cable. We have to switch it (Network service) off and relocate with PNG Power.”
He stated that it should not be a surprise to consumers as, there was enough awareness done prior to the move scheduled by PPL.
He stated that a notice was given out to the general public earlier this month and it should not be surprising to the people and has assured that services will return to normal once the exercise is completed.
“It’s a planned outage, it is not sabotage or an incident or failure of the network.”
He added that PNG Power is moving and because there are transmission links to the new sub-station, they are temporarily shutting off services to cater for this move.