PHNOM PENH: As a part of its on going engagement India and Cambodia look forward to synergies in the area of ICTs towards meeting long term objectives and sustainability.  A major step in this direction is being taken in the form of signing an India Cambodia Umbrella MoU which will enable competencies exchange on both the sides and further leveraging on mutual complementary strengths. The MoU encompasses a very wide scope of cooperation such as Telecommunications/ ICTs policy and regulation, Spectrum management and certification, Telecommunications/ ICTs technical standardization and certification, Wireless Communications, Application of Telecommunications/ ICTs for Disaster Management/ Emergency communications, Cyber security and incident response, Capacity Building in high technology areas, promoting collaboration in manufacturing of Telecom Equipment and consultancy for Telecom Projects, Next generation wireless communications network technologies such as 5G and IoT/ M2M, Big Data, Smart cities, Cloud computing etc… This MoU will be a broad instrument to meeting the peoples aspirations of both countries through various future initiatives and cooperation on a long-term continual basis in areas of ICT development.

H.E. Sok Puthyvuth, Secretary of State, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Kingdom of Cambodia.

Apart from signing of MoU between India and Cambodia, The bilateral talks will give impetus to the shared expectations of deliverables of collaborative projects undertaken by India and Cambodia.

Mr. V. Raghunandan
Dy. DG (International Relations), Ministry of Communications, Government of India.

In addition, there is also a separate MoU signed between India’s Premier Research & Development Organization, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) and Telecom Cambodia. C-DOT had developed various technology products and solutions for scattered areas in different types of geographies. The specific areas of cooperation between CDOT & T.C covers providing robust technology telecommunication solutions including GPON for Optical Fibre networks and WiFi & other wireless solutions best suited to various rural area environment with challenges. This will help Cambodia deploy these rugged & proven technologies to address rural telecommunication requirements. C-DOT will also look at technology transfer to Telecom Cambodia so that respective solutions and products can be developed in Cambodia itself.

Other discussions also cover ongoing projects with Cambodia under the India ASEAN dialogue such as setting up of Centre of Excellence in Software Development and Training (CESDT) in Cambodia and further leveraging the same CESDT infrastructure for capacity building programs for IT and programs in Advanced Telecommunications technologies etc… under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and other programmes of Govt of India wherein Cambodia is also a partner country.

Pilot projects include “Digital Village Project” which is an integrated holistic concept providing coverage, connectivity and applications/ services/ solutions like E-Governance, E-Education and E-Medicine for the unconnected villages in Cambodia under India – ASEAN program.

Indian Industry will collaboratively work with telecom Industry of Cambodia for various types of needs and emerging requirements on a continual basis. India’s leading Telecom Consultancy Agency TCIL and Telecom Export Promotion Council (TEPC) of India and other Industry partners VNL and Tejus also participated during the meetings and discussions.