Friday, 17 August 2007 1:06 PM

Internet Access in Oceania Low

Internet access penetration is "very low" in Oceania, according to founder and President of the Internet Protocol version Six, I-P-v-6, Latif Ladid.

This excludes Australia and New Zealand who have an internet access rate of about 54 percent.

Take away the two prominent countries, internet access in the Oceania records are "very low" with only about five-point-five percent. Excluding Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands from the group, internet access rates are between 20 to 40 percent.

"Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have a broken model that needs to be fixed. It could be that a certain monopoly exists in Solomon Islands and they are not paying attention to everyone, or Papua New Guinea - which is a very rich country, is busy with something than with educating their people and empowering their people." Mr. Ladid told SIBC news.

He adds internet access is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed, stating in today's competitive environment, educated man power is the most important resource.

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