Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry: Modern telecoms a boon

Ministry: Modern telecoms a boon

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications undersecretary of state Meas Po (left) on Monday said services in all sectors were improving and people were gaining confidence in the country’s postal services. HEAN RANGSEY

Ministry: Modern telecoms a boon

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has improved communications, services and the work of people throughout the Kingdom, said its undersecretary of state, Meas Po.

He was speaking on Monday at a press conference on the “Progress and continuing work direction of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications”, organised by the spokesman’s unit of the Council of Ministers.

Services in all sectors, he said, were improving and people were gaining confidence in the country’s postal services.

He said modern telecommunications services promoted economic activities, which benefitted all people, wherever they may be, through mobile communication.

“Particularly proliferation of smartphones has been a boon to young people, students, officials, employees, workers, businessmen and small businesses.

“The modernisation of telecommunications and information technology has facilitated the carrying out of fast-paced work, sending money quickly and moving safely from place to place,” he said.

Po said through the telecommunications sector, students can research and study. Even doing business has changed from traditional to internet-based using technology.

“We’ve seen that digital technology development can bridge the urban-rural gap too. Typically, urban dwellers have more access to mobile phones,” he said.

The ministry, he said, has expanded its fibre optic network to the countryside, and it has built infrastructure and antenna stations in rural areas.

Service is not yet available through the Global Service Fund, a mechanism that encourages telecommunications operators to invest in the country at their expense, and can be deducted from the amount of contribution they are obligated to pay to the Universal Services Obligation (USO).

“This mechanism has enabled people in the villages who did not have internet access to pay for goods or sell their goods whereas had to go directly to conduct sales,” he said.

Po said since the government began promoting the development of telecommunications and information services, it has given people the opportunity to become more aware of the use of technology and improve family’s and community’s wellbeing.

He said each citizen is busy with his own business, which has changed mindsets to be more competitive. Now, more people in the Kingdom want to study and learn about modern digital technology.

Cambodia is currently developing a national policy to govern the digital environment, with the ministry being ahead in formulating digital policy.


  • Thailand offers Covid-19 funding

    The Royal Embassy of Thailand contributed two million baht ($62,765) to Cambodia’s fight against Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the countries celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. The donation was presented by Thailand’s Ambassador to Cambodia Panyarak Poolthup to Prime Minister Hun Sen at a meeting

  • Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

    Close to 10,000 prisoners will be freed as part of the country’s anti-prison overcrowding campaign, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on Wednesday. The bulk of the inmates have mostly served their sentences and will continue to be monitored by local authorities after their release

  • Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations

    Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land. Vibol Ratanak denies the allegations against

  • US and Cambodia talk cybersecurity ongoing assistance

    US Ambassador Patrick Murphy met with Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday to discuss bilateral collaboration including on issues of civil society organisations and democracy in Cambodia. But cybercrime seemed to be the prevailing topic at the meeting. Murphy posted on Twitter: “Productive meeting

  • UN: Don’t let patent rows hamper virus vaccine

    The UN patent agency has hailed the push to create a coronavirus vaccine and make it globally available but warned against allowing copyright rows to overshadow and delay the process. “What we need in the first place here is innovation,” said Francis Gurry, the head

  • ‘Be vigilant on human trafficking’

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday urged provincial authorities along the border to remain vigilant against the transportation of Cambodian migrant workers into Thailand. Speaking during an annual meeting of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), he said despite the closure of the