Cambodia’s Chuan Wei expands nationwide ultra-broadband network with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent and Cambodia’s Chuan Wei Ltd have signed a frame agreement to expand mobile ultra-broadband connectivity across the country.

The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and VoLTE technologies will allow the Internet Service Provider to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services.

Approximately one-third of Cambodians are connected to the Internet, with the majority accessing data on their mobile devices. Mobile subscription is increasing in the country - currently at 24.20 million, representing mobile saturation at 157% of the population with multiple subscriptions per user. Last year the number of active users accessing social media via their mobile devices increased by 108%, with approximately 80% of Internet traffic being driven by Facebook and YouTube applications. 

Using Alcatel-Lucent’s VoLTE technology, Chuan Wei will be able to deliver high-definition voice services to existing enterprise customers, enhancing the user experience and paving the way for the delivery of new, differentiated consumer services.

The nationwide ultra-broadband network will connect into the Alcatel-Lucent deployed 100G agile optical transport network and a submarine cable system, allowing Chuan Wei to offer affordable high-speed high-quality Internet and voice services where users most need them.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy key LTE and VoLTE technologies to support high-speed data and high-definition voice on a single platform. Network deployment will begin in some of the most densely populated cities - including Phnom Penh and the tourist destinations of Siem Reap region and the coastal resort of Sihanoukville. It will continue in the cities of Poipet and Bavet, on the borders with Thailand and Vietnam respectively, as well as other major cities across the country before completion during mid-2016.

Eric Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Chuan Wei, said:  “We have a strong vision to leapfrog directly to the world’s most efficient communications technology to make universal access to affordable broadband and voice services in Cambodia become true.  With the complete LTE and VoLTE solutions from Alcatel-Lucent, we believe that the customer experience will be improved and new business opportunities will open.”

Sebastien Laurent, President of Southeast Asia (West) region for Alcatel-Lucent and Managing Director at Alcatel-Lucent Thailand said: “Ultra-broadband network transformation continues apace in the Southeast Asia region. As economies grow, intra-country high speed infrastructure connections become vital to promote information exchange and digital life style improvements.”

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