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Basics Edit

Papua New Guinea has 2 mobile GSM operators right now:

  • Digicel PNG
  • bmobile-Vodafone

PNG’s fixed line incumbent operator Telikom PNG runs a GSM-incompatible CDMA network under the brand of Citifone. It's planning to rollout a 4G/LTE network by the end of 2016 with some 256 LTE-compatible base stations scheduled for deployment in the country’s major towns by that date.

All 2G and 3G is on 900 MHz only. Digicel started 4G/LTE in Port Moresby on 700 MHz (B28) in 2014. Digicel has the better coverage and more customers in the country. Since 2014 bmobile has teamed up with Vodafone to improve their network.

Registration Edit

In 2016 mandatory SIM card registration started in PNG. It began in April 2016 and within 18 months, everyone who has a SIM card must register their names, photographs, address and occupation or have their line disconnected.

Both operators started the registration process for all new and existing customers’ SIM cards. The process is currently carried out manually, but registration software is under development which will include upgrades from a semi-automated system to a fully automated system, enabling customers to register online. The operators are also working on a solution that will see more registration outlets open up in the coming months across the country.

Digicel PNG has urged customers to register their SIM cards to avoid deactivation after 31 December 2017.

Digicel PNGEdit

Digicel

Digicel is the market leader in PNG with the best coverage in the country: coverage map. 4G/LTE has started in Port Moresby only.

Availability Edit

Prepaid SIM cards are sold in their shops nationwide (locator).

Top-ups can be made online on their website by credit card or using vouchers called Flex Cards: K3, K5 and K10 give 30 days, K20 and K50 90 days and K100 120 days of service validity.

Data feature packs Edit

They have a huge array of different packages offered for data on 2G, 3G, 4G:

Data Validity
Volume 1 day 3 days 7 days 30 days
60 MB K 3 K 4.5 K 6 n./a.
150 MB K 6 K 8 K 10 n./a.
400 MB K 12 K 15 K 20 K 35
1.2 GB K 25 K 35 K 42 K 68
2.5 GB K 40 K 57 n./a. K 110
6 GB K 85 n./a. K 135 K 230
13 GB n./a. n./a. n./a. K 450

For activation type *777#.

These short-time passes are sold too:

  • for 60 minutes - 250 MB: K 3
  • for 3 hours - 1 GB: K 10

These night plans are valid only from midnight to 5am:

  • 500 MB: K 4
  • 1.2 GB: K 6

These social plans are offered and include unlimited Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but no other websites:

  • for 24 hours: K 3
  • for 7 days: K 20
  • for 30 days: K 70

In 2017 new "Best Data Plans" were released in addition:

  • 150 MB + 150 MB for Facebook for 1 day: K 6
  • 2.4 GB for 7 days: K 42
  • 5 GB for 30 days: K 100

These Best plans include zero-rated WhatsApp Calling (VoIP) and need to be activated by *675#

For all bundles mentioned above:

  • Out-of-bundle rate (pay as you go) is K 0.49 per MB
  • Subscribe to these data plans by dialing *777# (Best Plans by *675#)
  • Plan automatically renews when there is sufficient credit.
  • Subscriber can stop auto-renew of plan by dialing *777# and select the opt-out option.
  • Unused data rolls over if customer purchases the same plan.
  • Access to certain websites generating high video steaming traffic will be charged at K1 per MB.
  • All VoIP calls will be charged at a rate of K1 per MB.

More infoEdit

  • APN: internet.digicelpng.com
  • website in English

bmobile-Vodafone Edit

Bmobile

Bmobile teamed up in 2014 with Vodafone to improve its network. It has brought 3G to new locations, but still lacks the overall coverage of Digicel (for coverage check 'national coverage' in FAQ).

In 2017 a merger with local fixed line incumbent Telikom PNG was approved.

Availability Edit

You can get their SIM card at their shops (store locations) and resellers (reseller_list) for K5 with K1 preloaded as credit. Dial 1250 to activate your SIM card.

Top-up cards are called "TopKad" for K3, K5, K7, K10, K20, K50 and K100. They are sold nationwide and give a validity of 14-120 days. To top-up by card, enter *121<voucher number>#. Check balance by *120#.

Data feature packs Edit

Default data is at K 0.30 per MB. These packages are available:

Validity Volume Price
24 hours 50 MB K 4
3 days 70 MB K 5
7 days 150 MB K 10
14 days 350 MB K 20
14 days 650 MB K 30
30 days 1.5 GB K 80
30 days 5 GB K 225
30 days 10 GB K 375

To subscribe to any of the data bundles, dial *777# on your phone to display the list and choose your option. You can subscribe to a combination of the various data bundle offerings. Validity period will extend to the plan with the longest validity. Overuse will be charged at the default rate.

More info Edit

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