Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - MPs check out ultra-modern phone system



MPs check out ultra-modern phone system

MPs check out ultra-modern phone system

A s the new Telstra OTC-constructed Intelsat earth satellite station nears

completion, seven members of National Assembly toured the site to enhance their

understanding of what will be the most modern telephone communications system in

Asia, once up and running.

The March 19 visit was undertaken by MPs who

are members of the Assembly's Committee of Public Services, Transport,

Telecommunications, Posts, Industry, Energy and Trade, whose mandate includes

oversight of Cambodia's telephone system. Member of Parliament HE Ahmah Yah Ya,

who chairs the committee headed the delegation of MPs who toured the site on

Monivong Boulevard.

In l993 alone outgoing international calls generated

revenues of over $22 million, all of which goes to the government under the

Telstra-Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC)

agreement.

Telstra Country Manager Russell Stuart said the new earth

satellite station would be on line by July this year. The Intelsat Standard A

satellite dish will supplement an existing, but smaller F2 satellite station and

serve Cambodia's international communications needs well into the 21st

century.

"The system will be the most modern in the world," said Stuart,

"more modern than anything in the region."

With the existing F2 dish,

direct calls from Cambodia can only be made to Australia, Thailand, Singapore

and Japan.

All other international calls must "transit" through one of

these countries before reaching their final destination, thus adding to the

price per call. With the new dish, international calling capabilities will be

expanded significantly enabling a number of countries to be added to the

"direct" call list.

While phone users will not experience an immediate

drop in international rates, Stuart says current plans include reductiotions in

tariffs over the next five years.

"Cambodia is in a particular stage of

its embryonic [communications] development," said Stuart noting that with only

5,000 international lines the current high phone rates were

justified.

Telstra has initiated an ambitious training program for MPTC

staff. Of the 175 employees in the Ministry's international division, 136 are

either in the process or will receive training in appropriate computer

technology, English language skills, and related operational and repair

technologies.

According to Stuart, Telstra is fully committed to a total

transfer of technological skills to their Cambodian

counterparts.

"Eventually, we'll have no one here and the whole system

will be run by Cambodians," said Stuart, who hails from Australia, where Telstra

is based.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • PM asks India for vaccine help

    Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of Covid-19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year. The request was made during his meeting with

  • Capital set to beef up security

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng held the first meeting of the year with heads of armed forces in the capital to review and repair the deficiencies related to gun control, drug crimes, social order disruptions due to alcohol consumption and traffic law enforcement. Municipal