BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector has been implementing a good role and has also provided a right directives contributing to the positive growth of Cambodia’s economy and social developments.
H.E. So Khun, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (MTPC), said that currently, ICT sector has been playing an important role in providing a right directives contributing to the positive growth of Cambodia’s economy and social developments in Cambodia.
The Telecommunications services provided such as: Telecoms International Gateway with four providers; Voice Services provided by four fixed lines and nine mobile operators; Internet (ISP) Services provided by more then 20 providers, with offer services such as: Dial up, Broadband services supplied by wireless, DSL and Gpon Fibre; Leased lines; Leased fiber both domestic and International; Data centers and much more.
“The Royal Government of Cambodia has implemented a strategy for capacity building and digital content for local communities in Education, Agriculture, Commercial and Finance sectors and local Government,” he said. “the MPTC strategy to transfer technology skills has been implemented mainly through internet outlets, specialized training providers, PC and Software vendors, SME’s, regional teacher training centers and finally through the community.
The Minister said that the Royal Government of Cambodia has successfully implemented several other e-programs such as e-program for rural empowerment and community health, and e-program for education for all.
“Recent growth in ICT development has been primarily due to the private sector participation under the guideline of the government of Cambodia with the every active leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen by pursuing the second stage of the triangle strategy policy for all institution to implement,” he said during opening remarks at the celebration of the 145th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 18th.
The Royal Government has taken the lead in infrastructure and related utilities development to pave the way forward but it should not be forgotten that all stakeholders, public and private partnerships, have a commitment to the ICT development for building an information based society for the Kingdom of Cambodia, he added.
The Minister continued to say that to ensure the sustainability of an ICT based, the Royal Government of Cambodia has and will continue to introduce the necessary measurements, frameworks, directives and regulations for it to succeed.
Relating to the Celebration of the 145th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, he pointed out that the Worldwide Telecommunications day has been celebrated since 1969, which marked the founding of the ITU and the singing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.
The MPTC decided in 2000 that it was time to open up the communications market in Cambodia and since then have licensed several mobile, VoIP and ISP operators to achieve competitive rates for Cambodian people. This initiative has certainly assisted in the commercial growth of Cambodia, he said, adding that working closely with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) mandate the MPTC is pursing its plan to make communications both voice and data available for the governmental sectors, commercial sectors, universities, schools and the general public.
“For the advance of our students the MPTC sees the need for fast, robust, countrywide data and voice services through fiber optics,” he said. “Although there is more to be achieved Cambodia now has many fiber backbones throughout the country connecting Cambodia to the World Wide Web.”
He added that in Cambodia, Information and Communications Technology has expanded exponentially in line with the Economic Growth of the country, the Royal Government of Cambodia has developed a strategic plan whereby (e-Cambodia) can be accomplished at district level by 2012 providing 90 percent of district basic and dedicated services.
“It is expected that by 2016, about 100 percent of communes will have a basic and dedicated ICT services,” he said.
According to Asia, Cambodia is classified as an “Emerging Readiness Country” in terms of e-infrastructure, e-Society, e-Commerce, and e-Government.
Mao Chakrya, Director General of Posts and Telecommunications in Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, said that the purpose of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies and economies, as wee as of ways to bring the digital divide.
Chakrya said that Cambodia was admitted to be the full membership of the International Telecommunication Union on April 10, 1952. This year is the first year since 1979 that, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia used to be given the full power to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia attending the ITU events, has a chance to celebrate the 145th World Telecommunications and Society Day on May 18, 2010.
“This today’s event showing that under the active leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and also under the umbrella of the ITU for ICT, Cambodia is one among the ASEAN countries and also one of the 1991 members of the ITU, can update itself to scope with the technological convergence that the world to focus on the near future for the sake of Cambodian people,” he said. “I strongly believe that with the cooperation of all operators who are operating their businesses in Cambodia, the ICT sector will be going on to the right directive contributing to the positive growth of Cambodia’s economy of this year and in the few year ahead,” he added.