Cellcard CIO Wins ASEAN Award


Cellcard Chief Information Officer Lim Soksophay was named one of the region’s most outstanding leaders in IT and Information Security at the ASEAN CIO Awards 2017, which was held on Friday at the Melia Hanoi Hotel in Vietnam.

Cellcard’s Lim Soksophay receives a trophy and framed document as an honouree at the ASEAN CIO Awards 2017 in Vietnam last week.

The ASEAN CIO Awards is an annual event organised by the International Data Group (IDG) ASEAN, gathering IT and Information Security leaders from across the region, who are making an impact in their organisation and in their communities in the fields of finance, education, health, and telecommunications. The awards honour outstanding achievements towards sustaining business, minimising business risks and maximising business opportunities in enterprises, and governmental and civic organisations.

The evaluation of the candidate is based on rankings – Excellent (3 points), Good (2 points) and Average (1 point) – of the different criteria, including scale of organisation, candidate’s qualifications and experience, and highlight projects and consequences and social responsibility. The Board of Judges are involved in the final stage of evaluation.

With 14 years of working experience in the IT industry, Lim Soksophay began his career in Cellcard in 2003 as a Management Information System Trainee, and has continued to prove himself as a valuable asset to the company, allowing him to occupy a C-level seat in the organisation as the Chief Information Officer of Cellcard.

“To be selected as one of the honourees at the ASEAN CIO Awards 2017 is a privilege and a great achievement not only for me but for my team and Cellcard,” said Soksophay. “This trophy is the evidence of great and innovative work of my entire IT Team with the continuous support of our management and leadership team. Our key objective is to provide seamless mobile communication services with the best customer experience to all of our customers.”

With his win, Soksophay brings home yet another accolade to Cellcard, and substantiates the telecom’s continuous effort to employ, nurture and grow highly skilled and passionate individuals.

Cellcard is a 6-time award winner of the Best Employer Brand Awards from 2012-2017, recognised in the region for cultivating an organisational environment that promotes collaboration, growth and work-life balance. The win in the ASEAN CIO Awards hosted by the IDG, substantiates the impact of its Human Resource Management and program.

The IDG awarded Cellcard as the ‘Most Reliable Telecom Operator’ in a 4G Conference held in June. Cellcard was also named as Cambodia’s Fastest 4G Network by Ookla, a global leader in internet performance testing and metrics of operator’s networks, in July, and Cambodia’s Fastest 4G Network and Fastest Network Overall by OpenSignal, the trusted global standard for mobile experience, in August.

Cellcard’s leading network showcased at 5G conference

Cellcard’s multi-award-winning mobile data network gained the attention of Asia’s leading players in the telecommunications industry at the 5G Asia 2017 Conference held in Singapore on October 2-4, which saw 500 telecom leaders converge to discuss, share and showcase the latest in 5G innovation.

Cellcard CEO Ian Watson delivered a speech sharing Cellcard’s experience of building out the 4G network in Cambodia in preparation for 5G. “This is probably the most rapid, comprehensive and geographically dispersed 4G rollout in Asia,” he said. “The region is genuinely interested in the speed and quality in which we have rolled out 4G and they want to hear and learn from our experiences.”

Cellcard CEO Ian Watson said regional telecom leaders wanted to hear and learn about their experience in Cambodia.

Watson said that core to Cellcard’s network strategy was an unwavering commitment to accelerate mobile data penetration and to digitise the nation as it transitions through a very rapid period of change. “Cambodia is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and mobile data is essential to supporting the growth and ensuring stability and security,” he said.

“In addition, more than 50% of the Cambodian population is under 30 which is an extremely compelling reason to offer 5G services as soon as possible because it is the youth who are fuelling the demand for mobile data. We do not want Cambodia to lag behind neighbouring countries when it comes to high volume data solutions such as Virtual Reality, HD online Gaming, OTT services, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Home and Robotics etc.”

Watson said Cellcard had seen an “insatiable” demand for mobile data with data usage on the network increasing by more than 400% in the past 12 months. “This is just the tip of the iceberg as we expect mobile data to explode as we further build out the 4G network, add the 5G layer and continue our campaign to offer the cheapest data offers in the country and evolve feature phones to Android and iOS,” he added.