Cambodia hosts Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s ICT forum

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Cambodia is hosting the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s (APT’s) 16th Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum to identify the challenges in rural telecommunications development.

Cambodia is currently hosting the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s
(APT’s) 16th Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum to identify the
challenges in the Kingdom’s rural telecommunications development.

The three-day forum will be held between Tuesday and Thursday in
Phnom Penh and has drawn about 200 participants from APT member nations.

Key topics discussed at the forum include affordable and sustainable
high-speed internet connections, policy preparations, and legal
instruments for the support of innovative technologies and communication
technology services.

The forum will also focus on developing an ecosystem for regional and
global Internet innovation to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development
Goals.

Speaking at the forum on Tuesday, Minister of Posts and
Telecommunications Tram Iv Tek said the APT has contributed to the
development of telecommunications and communication technology and
information.

It has also promoted the quality of people’s lives in the Asia-Pacific region, including Cambodia.

“During this forum, the APT will discuss development issues for the
telecommunications sector and telecommunications technology and
information, while member countries share their experiences,” he said.

APT secretary-general Areewan Haorangsi said the event will also focus on APT’s strategic plan for 2018-2020.

“[The APT’s] projects include connectivity in the telecommunications
sector, communication technology and information in rural areas, as well
as initiatives from APT member countries in the form of pilot projects
to protect themselves from cyberattacks,” she said.

In July, China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
provided its first loan of $75 million to Cambodia Fiber Optic
Communication Network Co Ltd (CFOCN) to improve the Kingdom’s internet
speed and quality.

The AIIB project invested in approximately 2,000km of metro and
regional fibre optic backbone networks to provide wider coverage in
major cities, suburbs and rural areas.

The project is expected to support the government’s Information
Technology and Telecommunications (ICT) plan, which is expected to
achieve 100 per cent broadband coverage in cities and 70 per cent in
rural areas, the AIIB said.

Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia data shows a rapid increase
in mobile internet usage, with 12.9 million subscribers using their
mobile phones to access online content last year – an increase of 22.79
per cent – while 34 operators provided fixed-internet to 147,596 users –
up 9.16 per cent.

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