Our Operation & Networks
Our terrestrial network in Cambodia consists of nationwide backbone network (21,809 route km in length) and metro duct network (1,532 route km in length), substantially all of which are housed underground, including ducts and fiber optic cables. Our nationwide backbone networks interconnect urban and rural areas and provide a path for the long-haul exchange of data. Our metro duct networks connect local area networks within the same metropolitan area to each other, thereby making the “last mile” network access shorter for our customers.
Our National Backbone Network
Our national backbone network was constructed in three stages. First, we connected the most densely populated and developed cities in Cambodia, such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville and established our cross-border connections with each of Cambodia’s three neighboring countries—Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam—in some cases at multiple points. Over time, and in response to the needs of our customers, we extended our connections to the south-west, north-east and north-west provinces in Cambodia. Our nationwide backbone network reaches all 24 provinces in, and capital of, Cambodia. We have initiated, and expect to complete, the third stage of our national backbone network construction, which extends our existing nationwide backbone network to Cambodia’s more rural regions.
Our cross-border connections with each of Cambodia’s neighboring countries enhances our ability to provide access to international connectivity, as midstream, downstream, or other communications service providers in each of these countries have the capacity to directly connect their networks to ours, should they desire to do so. Additionally, as the sole owner and operator of the AAE-1 landing station in Cambodia, which became operational in 2017, we have already connected our nationwide backbone network to the landing station in Sihanoukville, further supporting our ability to provide access to intraregional and international connectivity from Cambodia and facilitate Cambodia’s connection to the global digital economy.
Our Metro Duct Network
Our metro duct networks are located throughout Cambodia and cover all major cities in Cambodia. The following maps depict the reach of our metro duct networks in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, two other large cities in Cambodia, as of December 31, 2018.
With a nationwide backbone network of 21,809 route km and a metro duct network of 1,532 route in length, we are the only shared fiber network provider of scale in Cambodia.
Cambodia is located in the southern part of the Indochina peninsula and is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, and Thailand to the northwest. According to Frost & Sullivan, Cambodia’s population was approximately 16 million as of December 31, 2018. Cambodia’s nominal GDP has increased rapidly since 2013 and grew at a CAGR of 10.0% to approximately $24.1 billion in 2018. Cambodia’s nominal GDP is forecasted to increase further to approximately $36.7 billion representing a CAGR (based on changes in the nominal GDP, as denominated in local currency) of 10.0% from 2018 to 2023, according to Frost & Sullivan. This growth has been supported by conducive foreign investment policies, such as corporate tax holidays, duty-free imports of capital goods, and no restrictions on capital repatriation.
Disclosure of Environmental and Social Information
In order to address the potential impact, an Environmental Impact Assessment for Land Cable Project in Khmer and an Environmental Impact Assessment for Submarine Cable Project in English (“EIA”), which have already been approved by Ministry of Environment of Cambodia, were prepared by CFOCN. And a Non-Technical Summary (NTS) of the EIA was prepared in English. Additionally, CFOCN has developed an Environmental and Social Management Plan that details mitigation measures for minimizing negative impacts.
The EIA and NTS are posted as attached.