Phone Project On Schedule

An $8.3 million fiber-optic cable project connecting Vietnam and Thailand through Phnom Penh and Battambang is on schedule and will be completed by May next year, said Klaus Reither, Alcatel’s commercial manager.

Already 150 km of the 600 km of cable needed between the Cambodian border town of Poipet and the Vietnamese border town of Bavet has been laid, he said.

Cable in Cambodia is being laid along Routes 5 and 1. Cable has reached Kompong Chhnang town and the Neak Loeung area, said Lar Narath, the undersecretary of state for the Ministry of Posts and Telecom­munications.

The telecom project will allow Cambodia to stop using an Indo­nesian satellite and transfer international calls to the Alcatel cable, Lar Narath said.

The announcement came Fri­day at a meeting on regional tele­communications in Siem Reap town. The project is part of a $10 million German effort to boost the telecommunications system here.

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