Since gaining independence in 1975, Papua New Guinea
(PNG) has experienced considerable growth in all sectors
of society. One of which was the adoption of the free
education policy by the O’Neil-Dion Dion government,
where large numbers of students are now enrolled in
to primary schools around the country. This in turn has
resulted in a larger number of students moving on into
However, a shortfall of this policy is the failure to cater
for the needs of the next level of education i.e., tertiary
education. Large numbers of these students have passed
out of Grade 12, with satisfactory marks to gain a place at
these institutions but miss out due to the lack of facilities
available to accommodate for the demand. These students
are then forced to turn to expensive, privately run colleges
and skill training centers to develop careers to make a
better life for themselves.
This paper addresses the need to fill rift that is currently
been experienced in the national education system. The
lack of proper learning facilities, bundled with the high
influx of school‐leavers at the major government‐funded
tertiary institutions has led to an overall drop in the quality
By creating distance learning centers around the country
enables students to have access to the same content as
that been offered at the university campuses themselves.
Two issues to address in this paper are the cost of
accessing and producing the educational materials and
distribution of materials to these distance learning centers.
To reduce cost of accessing the content, we propose the
implementation of national content delivery network. To
address the need for content distribution, we propose the
use of smart phones as a means to access live or recorded
lectures or tutorial via the video distribution network.
We will analyze the current technical solutions, cost
models and evaluate the possibility of adapting the
most promising solution for PNG’s unique setup through
measurement on live events. Results of the measurements
of network performance and throughput from live events
will be presented.