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Santos, Telikom PNG sign co-location agreement on 4G LTE

Santos has entered a 10-year partnership with Telikom PNG in developing an evolving telecommunications landscape in the LNG and Santos project facilities and communities.

A Co-Location Agreement was signed between Telikom PNG CEO, Amos Tepi, and Santos Country Chair PNG, Leon Buskens last week in Port Moresby.

This collaboration will be an enabler for Telikom to expand its Network into Santos upstream Field Sites by leveraging of existing Santos’s Telecommunications Fibre and Tower infrastructure.

With reference to the Santos’ existing Service Level Agreements, both parties are expected to maintain the highest Standards of Service Delivery, Transparency and Accountability.

Through this arrangement, Telikom PNG will proceed with deployment of 4G LTE connectivity across Santos’ 14 communications sites and towers located at Kikori in Gulf province, Ridge and Moro in Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province and Hides, in Hela Province. During the signing, Santos Country Chair, Leon Buskens said Santos is pleased to collaborate with Telikom PNG to venture into fibre infrastructure and 4G LTE to boost internet connectivity whilst driving innovation and economic growth at the Santos field operations and project impacted communities.

“This will not only provide higher internet speed, but also a more effective and consistent internet connection.

“We believe through this collaboration; we can level the playing field for business and individuals by bridging the digital gap and enabling access to reliable internet services.

“This can contribute towards improving education (accessing online materials), entrepreneurship (e.g. digital banking etc), and cooperation, consequently fulfilling the Santos value of building a better future for all,” Mr Buskens said.

Mr Buskens said this initiative is in line with Santos’ commitment to the PNG Government’s aspirations found in its National Content Policy framework by supporting telecommunications as a tool for the sustenance of local landowner businesses and further strengthen community connectivity.

Santos has since given Telikom PNG capacity on Santos’ PNG LNG dark fibre between Port Moresby and Kutubu and further on the company’s Tower Infrastructures at Ridge, Moro, Gobe and Hides and its power systems.

The 14 communications sites owned by Santos are located at Iagifu Ridge, Moro, Moran Peak, Well Pad E, Gobe, Kaiam, Mt Hee, Aiio MLV, Gobe Bush, Hides-Nogoli Camp, Kaiam Crossing, Kakatumai, Mubi, and Agogo Production Facility.