Approximately 3,000 schools and provincial education departments across the Kingdom are set to have access to free high-speed internet within five years.
The service is to be gradually provided by Metfone after a memorandum of understanding on “ICT in Education” was signed between the telecommunication company and the Education Ministry yesterday.
The provision of internet and telecommunications infrastructure is part of efforts to digitise working and learning environments in line with the government’s Industrial Revolution 4.0 goals. A data centre and networks will be built until 2024, according to a press release by Metfone.
“The internet access to be provided by Metfone is coming during the right time as the Education Ministry is striving to promote digital education as a new platform in Cambodian education,” Minister Hang Chuon Naron said during the signing ceremony.
He said having internet access means users can attend online meetings, especially when people are practising social distancing due to the coronavirus.
According to Metfone, the company has provided high-speed access to nearly 300 public schools under its “Internet for School” programme since 2017.
It said nearly one million students and teachers are expected to benefit from the “ICT in Education” initiative.
Metfone CEO Phung Van Cuong said: “This project is based on comprehensive cooperation between the Education Ministry and Metfone.”
Mr Van Cuong noted the Education Ministry can use free internet access provided by his company for teleconferences.