The Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is the ministry in charge of telecommunication systems as well as postal systems in Cambodia. It is currently under the leadership of H.E So Khun with its offices in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They offices are is situated in Street 13, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Daun Penh District in the former Combodia Postal Office that was constructed in 1890.
In terms of its structure, the ministry of Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is divided in to 6 main department, which include postal, international telecom, inspection, finance and planning and domestic telecom departments. Some of the main roles that are being spearheaded by this ministry include the following:
The Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is working tirelessly to ensure improved mobile services, particularly regions and rural areas where penetration is considerably low. It boasts of the current 87% mobile services penetration but working hard to ensure these services are also available in the most remote areas of Cambodia where you can hardly find a mobile phone signal.
Fixed Line and WLL Services
It is a fact that the fixed lines and WLL services do not have the best penetration in Cambodia. It remained stagnant for almost a decade but in since 2011, a slight improvement has been achieved that might change the trend. The ministry has set ways to ensure there is superfast internet connection, especially broadband in people’s homes and work places. This will help in opening Cambodia’s economy and foster quicker communication with outside world.
Cambodia is believed to be having one of the worst internet services penetrations. It is worse than African nations. Currently, it is believed that there about 450,000 internet users. Although the number of internet users and service providers have been growing over the past few years, it is still very low. The ministry strives to ensure there is affordable and accessible internet services to all the people of Cambodia, including those with disabilities.
Backbone Infrastructure Provision
The success of the telecommunication industry in Cambodia is heavily depended on the availability of backbone infrastructure. There has been a positive move towards provision of the required backbone infrastructure with three companies currently in operation i.e. Telecom Cambodia, Combodia Fiber Optic Cable Network, and Cambodian Viettel.
These and many others are some of the main roles that the ministry of Cambodia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is currently working on to ensure more Cambodians can access the various telecommunication services. They are definitely working towards the right direction and it would help Cambodia match up with its neighbors in terms of telecommunication services, other than making the services cheaper.