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The Telecommunication System in Cambodia Is Having Problems Because of Overlapping Frequency Ranges – Friday, 5.6.2009

Posted on 6 June 2009. Filed under: Week 615 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 615

“The telecom system in Cambodia is seen as progressing strongly at present, but in the background, it is facing some technical problems. If there is no correction, there might be more problems for the users.

“A telecom expert said recently that the telecom system in Cambodia is having many problems, and the major one is the overlapping of frequency ranges, while the various telecom systems are progressing in Cambodia.

“At present, telecommunications in Cambodia have improved a lot – a few years ago, there were only 3 big mobile phone companies, but now there are 9; even if one counts only the system access numbers [011, 012, 016, 017, etc.], one can see there are many. The number of Internet Service Providers, which was previously 4 or 5 only, now has increased to about 30.

“This expert said, ‘The frequencies allocated are too close, and sometimes, when we deviate just a bit, there are problems for the users.’

“Regarding this problem, an official of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, who asked not to be named, said by telephone on 4 June 2009 that it is true that there is an overlapping of frequency ranges, but this is not because the ministry had provided too many licenses to different companies. The problem relates to installation techniques.

“He said, ‘The frequencies overlap because of incorrect installations, and when we check to correct this, the problem can be solved.’

“Besides the problems of overlapping frequencies, the overlapping of licenses provided is also another complicated problem.

“The same expert added that sometimes, the problem is not only that frequency installations result in their spread and overlap, but also the provision of overlapping licenses makes it for him, a technical expert, difficult to solve.

“He said, ‘As I know, just with the WiMax technology alone (a new technology used to provide Internet services to mobile phones), about 20 systems are provided with overlapping licenses.’

‘He continued to say that generally, WiMax technology is used with mobile phones only, but here, companies providing television over the Internet also have licenses to use it.

“Relating to this issue, the president of the Information and Communication Technology Association of Cambodia, Mr. Nang Rada, said that the problems of the telecom system in the country exists because Cambodia has no systematic law and no policy to regulate the telecom systems. [The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) lists the Information and Communication Technology Association of Cambodia as a member].

“He added, ‘We do not have a telecom law and a related policy, and therefore, our telecom system has problems.

“According to Mr. Rada, the problems in communicating between different systems [for example from a 011 phone to a 012 phone, etc.] result from the non-existence of a telecom law as a basis [to regulate interconnections].

“He added, ‘The difficulties in calling from one system to another exist because we do not have a regulating law.’

“The same official of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication stated that a draft law is at the Council of Ministers and is awaiting discussion.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4912, 5.6.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 5 June 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #202, 5.6.2009

  • The Lack in Law Enforcement Leads to More Serious Child Violations
  • The Asian Development Bank Provides an US$1 Billion Loan to Indonesia

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1962, 5.6.2009

  • People Involved in the Creation of the Clean Hands Concert [held recently at the Olympic Stadium against corruption] Are Summoned to the Court for Questioning [over the use of this public stadium to attack the government]
  • A [16-year-old] Girl Was Raped Twice, and when Her Mother Brought Her for a Medical Virginity Check [in order to establish evidence against the accused man], State Hospital Doctors Demanded Riel 200,000 [approx. US$50 – Pursat]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #417-418, 4-5.6.2009

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Mu Sochua Asks [Prime Minister] Hun Sen to Be Brave to Appear at the Court
  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Yim Sovann: The Government Has to Ensure Transparency in Selling State Real Estate
  • [Editor-in-chief of Khmer Machas Srok] Hang Chakra: Khmer Machas Srok Will Absolutely Not Apologize to [Minister of the Council of Ministers] Sok An and to Corrupt Officials [in exchange for the withdrawal of a court complaint against him]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6668, 5.6.2009

  • UNESCO Experts: All LED Lights Installed at Angkor Wat Need Only 800 Watt [in total] and Do Not Affect the Temple [there had been concern expressed that fixing the lights in the walls might create problems]
  • The Number of Tourists in Siem Reap Declined by 14% [in four months of 2009, as there were only 384,629 foreign tourists], and the Ministry of Tourism Asks that the Service Prices Should Be Decreased
  • The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Loss of the Kampuchea Krom Territory [to Vietnam – at the Botum Vatei Pagoda, but not at the Chaktomuk Conference Hall, because the Ministry of Culture prohibited to hold it there]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3776, 5.6.2009

  • The Government Tells [Khmer] Judges of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Not to Investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen and Other Officials Who Were Former Khmer Rouge Members [an accusation of government interference raised by Nuon Chea’s foreign defense lawyers]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4912, 5.6.2009

  • The Telecommunication System in Cambodia Is Having Problems Because of Overlapping Frequency Ranges
  • Cambodian Prime Minister Becomes the Leader with the Closest Relations to [South] Korea among the Ten ASEAN Leaders [according of The Korea Herald]
  • A Gold Seller Hit to Death by [four or five] Robbers Armed with an AK-47 Rifle, but They Failed to Take His Property [the robbers are not yet arrested – Battambang]
  • The US Ambassador Accepts a Diplomatic Note [from the government, opposing the corruption allegation statement by the ambassador], but Does Not Make Any Reaction

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