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Millions to Access Internet

More than 1.2 million people are expected to have access to the internet at the conclusion of the World Bank rural communications project rollout in August.

The World Bank yesterday gave an overview of the project and its progressive support of the information and communication technology sector in the country.

“The rural communications project will improve access to telecommunications infrastructure and services in rural and remote areas of PNG,” it said.

“The project will provide technical assistance to the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (Nicta) to address emerging regulatory challenges and to strengthen the competitiveness of the telecommunications market and to the Department of Communication and Information to strengthen ICT policy development.

“It will help establish a universal access and service regime and associated fund to develop regulations and operating procedures.

“Further, the project will finance two UAS demonstration projects using competitively-bid one-time capital subsidies to stimulate extension of ICT services to unserved and under-served areas of the country.”

The World Bank had been actively involved in the sector since 2008, advising governments on telecommunications issues including the liberalisation of the mobile market.

“The ongoing rural communications project has financed the installation of mobile base stations at 59 sites in remote areas,” it said.

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“It has contributed to providing basic telecom services to over 500,000 people previously unserved by any form of telecommunications services.

“Coupled with aggressive rollouts by the private sector, telecommunications coverage has increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2016.”

Business Mark Haihuie January 26, 2017 

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Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

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REUTERS – Facebook Inc launched its “Journalism Project” on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations.

The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team.

As part of the new project, Facebook said on Wednesday it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360, and Instant Articles.

Facebook said it would test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organizations.

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The company said it would work with third-party organizations to promote “news literacy” and help users decide which sources are trustworthy and would also continue to work on curbing hoaxes.

Facebook faced criticism in the last couple of months that it did not do enough to tackle the problem of fake news stories on its platform during the U.S. presidential campaign.

“We care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive,” Fidji Simo, director of product at Facebook, said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/2j6l1u9)

Facebook also said on Wednesday it would explore the introduction of advertising breaks in regular videos. The company has previously tested the ad format for Facebook Live.

(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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