Estimation of 90% Internet usage in Papua New Guinea is via mobile devices. As
such, any digital initiative undertaken by business or government should be viewed through a “mobile first”
lens. While data relating to subscriber numbers varies, there has been a rapid adoption of mobile phones in
Papua New Guinea. Not all mobile subscribers access the Internet however as more affordable smartphones
and tablets come into the market, and with data prices expected to fall, we expect to see a strong increase
in mobile Internet use going forward. What the adoption of mobile demonstrates is that there is a strong
appetite among the people of Papua New Guinea to be more connected. It also demonstrates that people
learn to use technology organically without formal training.