The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry plans to install fifth-generation Wi-Fi technology in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area to speed up internet and other online services for local and international tourists.
Telecommunications Minister Tram Iv Tek on Friday led a meeting to discuss the 5G project with stakeholders at the ministry.
According to the ministry’s website, 5G Wi-Fi has a speed of about 20 gigabytes per second and can serve about one million devices at a time within a 20-square-metre radius.
“The installing of the 5G Wi-Fi transmitters will not affect the beauty or environment of the site and there will be no extra excavation or construction in the Angkor area,” the ministry said.
Ministry spokesman Im Vutha yesterday said that the project to install the 5G Wi-Fi system is an initiative of the ministry to speed up processing tourist arrivals in Siem Reap and also to give them better Internet access.
However, he said that the project has not yet been extended to cover the Angkor site which is under the control of the Apsara Authority and ICC Angkor.
Mr Vutha said that because the site must be preserved, they cannot put up too many network towers in the area and that officials from the ministry, Apsara Authority and relevant stakeholders attended Friday’s meeting to discuss the issue.
“In the past a common antenna was installed for network services to reach the area, but it is not enough to cater to increasing demand by users,” he said. “The Aspara Authority or ICC cannot allow for too many antennas to be installed because it will affect the beauty and conservation of the Angkor site.”
“So the ministry is seeking a solution to provide broader coverage, and we are discussing this new technology,” he added.
Long Kosal, spokesman for the Apsara Authority, yesterday said that he still does not have clear details of the 5G plan or the authority’s decision.
However, he said that the Angkor site currently experiences some disruption in the use of mobile networks and the Internet, as some networks can be accessed while others cannot.
“In the Angkor area, some mobile networks have good coverage but some others are not so good,” Mr Kosal said. “So coverage will be better if there is 5G Wi-Fi to make the Internet run faster.”
According to the ministry, the 5G project is a part of its efforts to strengthen and expand the national infrastructure to promote government services through a digital system, digital trade and digital economy, which will contribute to improving the living conditions of the people and help Cambodia achieve its goal of becoming an upper middle-income country by 2030.