Project To Boost Regional Telecoms

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The latest part of the Backbone Network Project connects Kampong Cham province to Sihanoukville.

Cambodia has unveiled the fourth part of a $39m project to boost telecoms services through new optic fibre cables.

The Greater Mekong Telecommunications Backbone Network Project is designed to support voice calling, data, and video services through an IP Multimedia Subsystem. The optical cables will also allow for fibre-to-the-home broadband.

The latest part of the Backbone Network Project connects Kampong Cham province to Sihanoukville, according to a post on the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) Facebook page. It provides coverage from Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk, along National Roads 7, 2 and 4. According to the TRC, the $39 million for the project came through a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The first phase of the project connects Phnom Penh to Poipet, the border with Thailand, along National Road 5 and 6. The second links Phnom Penh to Trapaing Kreal, or the border with Laos, along National Roads 6A and 7, while the third goes from Phnom Penh to Bavet, at the Vietnam border, along National Road 1. The fourth part of the project included the construction of 467km of fibre optic cables from Kampong Cham to Sihanoukville, plus a further 299km connecting to various locations in the provinces.

Under the project, 10 new telecommunication offices have been built in Prey Tor Teng, Ta Khmau, Takeo, Tram Kak, Banteay Meas, Kampong Trach, Kep, Kampot, Prey Nob and Sihanoukville. They are all equipped to transmit signals and run the necessary automated electronic systems. 

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.