SES Networks announced it worked with PNG DataCo to restore mobile and broadband services in Papua New Guinea following an outage caused by a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
The earthquake near the town of Bulolo caused damage to critical terrestrial and subsea transmission nodes between Port Moresby and Madang.
SES Networks' contingency teams worked with DataCo to deliver an extra 1.5Gbps of bandwidth to ease network congestion on the operator's damaged link. This additional bandwidth was made available within hours of receiving a request.
“Together with DataCo, we are glad that connectivity has been restored swiftly to enable communications and critical disaster recovery services in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake,” SES Networks VP of global fixed data sales Imran Malik Khan said.
“We recognize the importance of communications services in the event of natural disasters to facilitate quicker information transfer between families and communities, as well as to coordinate recovery and search-and-rescue operations. Our thoughts are with the affected communities, and we offer our well wishes.”