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Technology and innovation

Papua New Guinea’s economy and social structure are reliant on technology. Rapid improvements in technology infrastructure have meant that network coverage is now accessible to most of the population. However, PNG has the lowest amount of internet users of any Pacific nation. This is likely due to cost, low bandwidth and reliability issues.

Investors will find opportunities in telecommunications, as the government has adopted a pro-competition policy in this sector. In early 2014, Awal Telecommunications of Saudi Arabia was awarded a Network Gateway Services, Application and Network licence, becoming PNG’s fourth mobile service provider at that time.

Our global technology and innovation group advises a number of the world’s leading corporations throughout the technology, business services, communications, media, entertainment and consumer markets sectors.

With lawyers in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, our technology and innovation group provides a truly global service to clients in both established and emerging markets.

The below is an illustrative list of the projects and transactions that our lawyers have advised on relating to PNG. Prior to opening our office in Port Moresby, this work was undertaken with local counsel advising on PNG law aspects.

Our areas of work include

  • technology
  • business services
  • communications
  • media
  • entertainment
  • consumer markets
  • data protection, privacy and access to information
  • sourcing and technology.

Our recent work

  • Together with local counsel, advised Kumul Consolidated Holdings on its buyout of the minority shareholders in Bemobile Limited, PNG’s second largest mobile telecommunications provider.