ATH, with its subsidiary Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL) is the Pacific's second largest regional telecoms company. Over the last five years, ATH has successfully expanded from base in Fiji into five other Pacific countries and is now launching into Papua New Guinea, the region's largest yet least served telecoms market. The purpose of this project is to enhance and expand the provision of mobile, internet and broadband services in PNG, by enabling ATH's $400 million telecommunications venture in PNG.
|Project Name||Pacific Telecommunications Modernization Project|
|Borrower/Company||ATH International Venture Pte Limited
|Country||Papua New Guinea
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Information and communication technology / ICT infrastructure
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Responsible ADB Department|
|Responsible ADB Division|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Suri, Sakshi|
|Project Sponsor(s)||Amalgamated Telecom Holdings, Limited
|Description||ATH, with its subsidiary Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL) is the Pacific's second largest regional telecoms company. Over the last five years, ATH has successfully expanded from base in Fiji into five other Pacific countries and is now launching into Papua New Guinea, the region's largest yet least served telecoms market. The purpose of this project is to enhance and expand the provision of mobile, internet and broadband services in PNG, by enabling ATH's $400 million telecommunications venture in PNG.|
|Objectives and Scope|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||ADB's Strategy 2030 has a special focus on increasing private sector investment in the Pacific islands. In line with ADB's Strategy 2030 and PNG Country Partnership Strategy (2016-2020), this project helps to improve livelihoods and enhance digital connectivity for the most poor and vulnerable sections of the society, while also improving PNG's business environment through private sector development. This project supports Operational Priority 1 (Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities), as it will generate jobs for locals living in rural and urban areas in PNG. This project strongly supports Operational Priority 2 (Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality) as it increases economic empowerment of women through greater employment opportunities and improved access to ICT infrastructure. This regional project supports Operational Priority 7 (Regional Cooperation and Integration) as it expands regional investment in the ICT sector between Pacific countries, and alleviates PNG's digital connectivity to match those of its peers in the region, while improving governance and business practices in PNG's telecoms sector.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||15 Apr 2020|
|Credit Committee Meeting||23 Jun 2020|
|Approval||01 Sep 2020|
|Last PDS Update||04 Sep 2020|
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|Pacific Telecommunications Modernization Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 2020|
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