Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei pair up to provide 100G fiber network in Cambodia

Telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with Internet service provider Chuan Wei to bring about the first ever 100-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic data network to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

According to The Cambodia Daily, the current average download speed is only at 5.8 Megabits per second (Mbps), as compared to the global average of 18.2 Mbps. The download rate for mobile Internet is even lower, only at a moderate 3.1Mbps. However, with an array of Internet Service Provider (ISPs) like Ezecom and Opennet providing the Kingdom with online access, Cambodia is increasingly becoming more Internet-friendly.

Currently, Cambodians have access to a large 3G network, with many telecommunication companies offering 3G coverage for mobile phones, including Metfone and Cellcard for a few years now.

1/3 of the 15.41 million people in Cambodia have access to the Internet, and active Internet users have greatly risen by 414% since January 2014. A massive 3.8 million people are now active users online! If you’re interested, you can read more about the current digital trends that Cambodia is facing here.

Telecommunication networks have also begun pushing for 4G access. Early last year, Smart Mobile became the first operator of 4G LTE in Cambodia. Since then, others have followed suit, including Emaxx, the country’s first ISP to provide 4G 4G broadband Internet technology here.

With the rise in the number of Internet connections, as well as the current push for 4G networks, there is definitely pressure in the Cambodian market to make the Internet ecosystem better.

Thus, the partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei, which was announced on March 20th, comes after a long awaited need to deal with the country’s heightened calls for broadband access, in order to solidify the communication infrastructure here.

As one of the countries with the most amount of data traffic growth in Asia Pacific, Cambodia’s economy has seen an increase at more than 7% every year. Additionally, as one of the main business hubs in South East Asia, Cambodia is seeing a considerable demand for more network capacity.

Therefore, by utilizing their 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform, Alcatel-Lucent will be able to provide Chuan Wei that much-needed 100G DWDM/OTN network. The PSS is part of the newest global SD-FEC zero-touch photonics and coherent technology.

By incorporating the different technologies Alcatel-Lucent has together, including their Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM), Optical Transport Network (OTN), and Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS)/Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON), the company will be able to ensure an adept and extensible 100G network.

If 100G isn’t good enough for you, get this: the 100G network is part of a plan to increase Chuan Wei’s current capacity, so as to introduce a 400G network in the future. This network will run throughout the entire country and will be linked to a submarine cable landing station.

And just in case you’re wondering, 100 Gigabit = a massive 10,240 Megabit! So can you imagine how fast a 400G network will be?