HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES Ltd of the People’s Republic of China will be the developer of the Integrated Government Information System Network (IGIS*Net) project. Telikom PNG has been sub-contracted to participate in the project valued at K5.8 million. Last Friday, Minister for Communication and Information Jimmy Miringtoro and the Telikom chief executive officer Peter Loko signedthe Scope of Works (SOW) document, which signals the start of physical implementation of the Integrated Government Information System Network (IGIS*Net) project. The actual works to be undertaken by Telikom will include the installation of the Core fibre transmission network in Port Moresby. The access fibre transmission network in Port Moresby to link up all 47 Government offices in NCD; the main fibre link from District Telikom office to six provincial headquarters namely Central, Goroka, Vanimo, Wewak, Kimbe and Kokopo; VSAT transmission network to Vanimo and radio transmission for Tomavatur to Kinabot in Kokopo. Mr Loko, during the signing ceremony, said Telikom acknowledged the opportunity provided by Department of Information and Communication to assist with the IGIS project. “We are aspiring for the Government to transfer ownership and management of data center and IGIS network to Telikom under the Build Operate and the Transfer arrangement while national security is of concern to Telikom for the IGIS data centre” Mr Loko said. Initial ground work already undertaken by Telikom has been that of fibre between the Registry Building and Somare Foundation (Dept of Information and Communication) along with 10 Mbps Internet Connectivity that allows for download volume of 200 Gigs. This is work for phase one of the IGIS project with Telikom vying for the Government to considers its participation.