Fiber Optic Cable Placed Under Mekong

The first fiber optic telephone cable under the Mekong River was installed Wednesday in Prey Veng province by Alcatel, the French telecommunications company.

The fiber optic cable was pulled through an underground pipe in Neak Loeang commune, linking the river’s east and west banks  for the first time with an underground telephone cable, according to an Alcatel statement.

The operation involved a 900-meter horizontal drilling, which installed a heavily reinforced high density polyethylene conduit 6 meters below the river bed.

The project is part of Alcatel’s Digital Transmission Trunkline Cambodia project which will allow Cambodia to stop using Indonesian satellites and transfer international calls to the Alcatel cable.The $8.3 million fiber optic project will link Phnom Penh to Thailand and Vietnam by May.


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