Cambodia is ready for 5G smart cities

02. 08. 2022 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

I nternet users in Cambodia will soon be able to enjoy ultra-fast internet between 1 and 10 Gbps after Internet service provider SINET partnered with global communications giant Nokia to introduce its XGS Passive Optical Network technology.

Cambodia is set to welcome ultra-fast gigabit broadband to power smart cities and provide 5G backhauling after SINET became the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to deploy Nokia's XGS Passive Optical Network (PON) technology and completed upgrading its fiber access. nodes.

"Nokia has received type approval for XGS-PON equipment from the Cambodian Telecommunications Authority, which proves to us the quality of the solution and the readiness to introduce it to the Cambodian market," said Diep Kong, Chief Technology Officer of SINET. joint statement with the global communications company. With data and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity a key part of Cambodia's smart cities, demand for ultra-high-speed broadband is growing. Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are among Cambodia's smart cities.

End users of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse need access to ultra-high-speed internet capable of speeds of up to 1 Gbps. In Cambodia, the highest internet bandwidth that companies can currently access is up to 800 Mbps.

However, Nokia's next-generation technology launch this year could allow the Cambodian ISP to offer gigabit and multi-gigabit services.

“We are ready for smart city projects and 5G network backbone,” Kong said in a recent interview.

Heng Chulsa, country manager of Lastmile Works, which provides metaverse-related services using computer graphics (CG) and augmented reality (xR) technologies, told Kiripost this week: “AR and the metaverse are highly dependent on the Internet and Internet access, so 5G, which is 100 times faster than 4G, will be very important in all areas of our lives.”

“By 2032, the metaverse revolution will increase average data usage to 20 times what it is today,” predicted Credit Suisse in a recent report.

Ajay Sharma, Head of Nokia Thailand and Cambodia, said: “The industry-leading XGS-PON solution enables SINET to improve the overall speed and quality of broadband for its enterprise users. Enterprise users will benefit from increased network capacity, speed and reliability."

Kong added: “We are upgrading to XGS-PON technology and partnering with Nokia. Internet users can get more bandwidth [and] more reliable connections. Customers will no longer have to worry about their internet network being overloaded.” "Customers can now use the service. We are already activated in some areas in our network. If needed, we can activate other areas at any time, while we already have equipment in stock that is ready to deploy to customers," he explained.

In 2019, the Cambodian ISP expanded into the residential market using Nokia's high-speed fiber. "We've been working with Nokia for a few years now with GPON technology," said Kong.

SINET provides backbone services to enterprise users and mobile telecommunications companies, which can then deploy 5G to end users as approved by the Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC). In mid-2019, the mobile telecommunications company Smart Axiata presented the first live demonstration of the fifth-generation mobile broadband Internet (5G) technology with Huawei Technologies. At the end of 2020, Royal Group Cellcard signed a framework agreement with ZTE to introduce 5G for its mobile internet subscribers. In Thailand, despite the pandemic, the Southeast Asian country is leading the rollout of 5G. According to the GSM Association, worldwide “5G will mean up to 1.2 billion connections by 2025.

When asked if SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service will be available in Cambodia next year, Kong told Kiripost: “We are not competing with Starlink. We use different technologies.”

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