A Cambodian-owned satellite - dream or reality ?
Friday, 16 December 2016
Cambodia should have its own satellite to make high-speed broadband available to all, Prime Minister HE said yesterday.
The prime minister also proposed that the Royal Group, a local conglomerate, partner with other companies to make the Kingdom’s satellite dream a reality.
“I suggest that we should consider launching a Cambodia-owned satellite,” said Mr. HE in his speech.
Turning to Kith Meng, the chairman and CEO of Royal Group, who was in the audience, Mr. HE said: “We must check this issue, Okhna Kith Meng.
“It is time to partner with other companies to have a satellite owned by Cambodia.
“When we have our own satellite, high-speed internet access can be delivered directly to small user-based terminals all around Cambodia.
“Providing affordable high-speed internet access for Cambodia’s unconnected populations is a huge challenge and a big investment, but it can be done,” added the prime minister.
In 2011, Royal Blue Skies – a subsidiary of the Royal Group – received a concession from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to launch Cambodia’s first satellite that would deliver TV and internet to Cambodia and also to other Asean nations.
The Cambodian Satellite 1 project was set to take-off in 2013, with the satellite estimated to cost between $250 million and $350 million to build and launch into space.
“So far there has not been any progress on Cambodian Satellite 1, despite the ministry granting Royal Blue Skies a license to launch and put it into orbit,” Im Vutha, a spokesperson for the Telecom Regulator of Cambodia, told Khmer Times...
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