KT: What is the story behind your recent Singapore trip for the 5G Asia conference? Any good news on the Operator CXO award?
Mr.Ian: Yes it was a great conference this year. In the morning I participated in the panel discussion “What will the Future Look Like?” And in the afternoon I gave a presentation on Cellcard’s Journey to 5G. Both we about our network success to date and how Cellcard want to introduce 5G technology here.
That same evening we were announced the winner of the 5G Asia People’s Choice Award for Operator CxO of the Year. It’s a great honour to win and it’s a credit to all our Cellcard team. It shows that Asia is now looking at Cellcard and acknowledging our work and our ambition for the future as we take this exciting next step to 5G.
This recognition also is a credit to our Chairman of Royal Group Neak Oknha Kith Meng and we thank him for supporting our vision of driving Cambodia to be one of the leading digitise economy in Southeast Asia.
KT: What has been the reaction since winning the award?
Mr.Ian: It’s heartening to receive so many well wishes from employees, our peers in the industry and from vendors and partners. We also have attracted a lot of media attention from across the region and that will further promote the Cellcard brand and also Cambodia.
It’s a recognition of how Cellcard and Royal Group are really driving. long-term growth through the building of a world class mobile data network.
KT: What are the steps you intend to take to step up your commitment to building the bridge to 5G in Cambodia?
Mr.Ian: This week we finalise our 5G tests. From there we commence preparations for commercial launch in Q2 2019.
Obviously there is a need to integrate with industry to determine the first large scale deployments of 5G in Cambodia. But our objective remains that 5G will improve quality of life and make our cities and communities cleaner and safer and connect rural communities to critical services such as healthcare, education and drive the digitization of Cambodia.