The New Caledonian government has partnered with Ericsson to launch the 3G network in time for the 14th Pacific Games in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. The 3G network built by the Post & telecommunications Office of New Caledonia (OPT-NC) and Ericsson will provide athletes and sports fans easier access to services, multimedia and communications during the sporting contest.
The Pacific Games founded in 1962 and held every fourth year in one of the South Pacific Islands will feature 28 sporting events and host over 5000 athletes from 22 countries. Reportedly, Harold Martin, Chairman of OPT-NC first announced the arrival of 3G in New Caledonia at the Annual General Meeting of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) in April 2011. Since then, Ericsson has deployed its RBS 6000 radio technology, in partnership with the Caledonian IT consulting & engineering firm, API.