The National Institute of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology (NIPTICT) yesterday held a ground-breaking for a new building in Phnom Penh.
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The new building, known as the ‘Tech Centre’, will be built with money from the Capacity Building Research and Development (CBRD) fund at NIPTICT’s campus in Phnom Penh.
In Cambodia, telecommunications operators are required to contribute 1 percent of gross revenue to CBRD, with the money going towards developing the human capital in the IT sector and improving research in telecommunications and information and communications technology.
The four-storey building will occupy 3,800 square metres. It is a joint venture between NIPITCT, a state-owned research firm, and Viettel (Cambodia).
The Tech Centre will be used to drive research and development (R&D), particularly on data science, the internet of things, cloud computing technology and cybersecurity.
It is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.
Seng Sopheap, NIPTICT president, said the centre, in line with the government’s R&D strategy, will allow students to research technology topics. The building will also be used to study digital technology, he added.
Viettel (Cambodia) deputy general director Nhong Dinthan said his company is very pleased to contribute to the development of human resources in the field of digital research and development.
“Through this building, students will gain experience, both academically and professionally, which will boost the Cambodian economy,” he said.
Viettel is the parent company of Metfone.
Speaking at the ground-breaking on Monday, Tram Iv Tek, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, said the building will be a place for public-private research collaborations in line with current market needs.
“Public and private research institutions will work together to research and develop digital technologies that support sectors like education, health, agriculture, and industry in line with the Phase 4 Rectangular Strategy of the Royal Government,” he said.
“[The building] will help us prepare for a digital economy and seize opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.
Last year, NIPTICT celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony of the 7,500-square-metre Innovation Centre, at the NIPTICT campus to the north of Phnom Penh. It will be in operation in 2020.