Geeks in Cambodia Geeks in Cambodia Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Viber unveils tools for boosting Business Communications in Cambodia Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:16:50 +0000 GeeksInCambodia With more than 1 billion users worldwide, the app is clearly popular, but comes up ... More]]> If you company is looking to better communicate effectively with customers in Cambodia then Rakuten Viber offers an effective solution, Viber’s Head of Business Development for Southeast Asia, Anubhav Nayyar, told assembled Cambodian business leaders at Raintree on Wednesday night.

With more than 1 billion users worldwide, the app is clearly popular, but comes up against stiff competition for communications domination in Cambodia, where Facebook’s Messenger and Whatsapp, and Telegram, have proven popular.

He noted that Cambodia has three attractive attributes for Viber: high smartphone ownership, low mobile data prices, and fast data speeds, and with almost 2 million Viber users already in Cambodia, and some 3.4 million sticker pack downloads, Cambodian’s have already shown an interest in Viber’s communication tools.

Cambodian media giant Sabay has recently launched a Viber news community, and Mr. Nayyar noted the possibilities for the government to easily and effectively offer traffic updates and health information messaging across the country.

Mr. Nayyar was keen to stress Viber’s security merits, and its ability to offer full-service communications, including its effective chat bot abilities.

“Viber offers a safe and secure communication experience, which should appeal to any business looking to communicate with clients and staff. The future of business communication is now!”

With Cambodia’s crowded communication space, having 1 clear favourite would simplify communication, and help save important memory space on mobile phones, and Geeks in Cambodia will be closely following Viber’s push in Cambodia.

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Pleng: Smart Axiata’s revamped Cambodian mobile music service Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:00:52 +0000 Peter Ford Drawing on Smart’s earlier Smart Music app, Pleng ... More]]> Music lovers across Cambodia rejoice, listening to your favourite songs has just gotten better, with the launch of Pleng — which offers online and offline access to more than 1 million Cambodian and international songs, and a range of radio-streaming channels caterings to all music tastes.

Drawing on Smart’s earlier Smart Music app, Pleng utilises technology from Hungama, India’s leading digital entertainment company, and local entertainment powerhouse Hang Meas, to bring the widest music selection to listeners in Cambodia.
Unlimited downloads, on-demand streaming and live radio will cost users less than $1 a month, with the app available for both Apple and Android phones and for users of all mobile networks in Cambodia, not just Smart.

“Since 2015, Smart has led the way by being the first to launch a music streaming app in the Kingdom, promoting local artists and organising many top-notch international concerts,” said Thomas Hundt, Chief Executive Officer of Smart Axiata.

Cambodian artists will receive royalties for their songs, and Geeks in Cambodia hopes this new model for promoting and supporting artists will help ensure the growth and development of the Kingdom’s music scene.

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MyAPP: Rethinking how services are ordered in Cambodia Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:54:52 +0000 Peter Ford Geeks in Cambodia spoke with Ms. Kam to learn more about the service which is due to ... More]]> A new Cambodian app, MyAPP Service, aims to offer Cambodians a convenient way to order services and professional support, and is the brainchild of Sreysung Kam, a recent graduate of the SHE Investment Accelerator Programme, and her husband.

Geeks in Cambodia spoke with Ms. Kam to learn more about the service which is due to launch on February 21, her motivations for developing it, and her plans for the future.

(The following has been edited for length and clarity)

Q. When did you first have the idea for your app? Was it because you found something difficult to do?

The MyAPP Service has been founded with the vision to provide time saving and convenience when ordering all kinds of services and products relevant to, and for, the needs of daily life in Cambodia.

The idea has come to our mind in 2015, when we struggled to find information on arranging people to help with home tasks. I remember that even finding someone to deliver cooking gas was hard when we moved into our new home. Even when we found phone numbers for local deliveries, some were no longer working, or some didn’t want to deliver to us. And we have heard of similar problems and challenges from our friends and relatives. This gave us the courage to develop an on-demand service platform.

It wasn’t until early 2018 that we finally started to develop the app, and thanks to the exceptional work of our IT developer we are excited to say that it’s available to download in the Apple App Store, and the Android Play Store.

For companies and professionals wishing to utilise MyAPP Service, they can download the MyAPP Service Provider app, and for customers, please download the MyAPP service app! Both are available in Khmer, English and Chinese, to ensure that most people in Cambodia can use and benefit from the service.

A map feature makes it easy for deliveries to find customers, and pricing is clearly stated to avoid any problems. At the moment, all payments are in cash, but we are looking at cashless options like Pi Pay to help make things even easier and more efficient for MyAPP Service users.


Q. Why did you join SHE Investments, and what support have you received/learnt?

SHE Investments have helped us formalise our business, such as registering it officially with the relevant ministries. My mentor Celia [SHE Investments founder and CEO] is the best mentor ever, and our discussions have helped me get the support I needed.

Q. What is the main use for your app? Who do you think will use it? Why will it succeed?

We are the first service like this in Cambodia, and we are confident it meets a real need among busy working families, foreigners and people moving to new cities or neighbourhoods. Just like ride-hailing apps have proven popular with people due to clearer pricing, we think MyAPP Service will do the same for many other services in Cambodia.

People can keep track of their expenditure on services, and the companies offering these services have a more accurate way of recording their deliveries and payments. Plus, it is a more effective way for them to stand out from the existing competition and be seen by potential customers.

Q. How would you describe Cambodia’s technology landscape?

We see Cambodia’s technology landscape growing fast. Almost everyone has a smartphone now and we are positive that MyAPP Service will help support the development Cambodia’s tech sector.

We want MyAPP Service to be part of an active ecosystem that improves people’s daily lives and ensures that sellers and customers are able to receive the best prices and service, thus making a positive impact in Cambodian society using technology innovation.

It is exciting to see novel uses of technology to help boost access for important services such as this, and Geeks looks forward to monitoring MyAPP Service’s development.

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Digital Cambodia 2019: Celebrating the Kingdom’s Tech Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:00:54 +0000 Eldon Lee Between March 15 and 17, more than 20,000 people are expected to attend Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island to ... More]]> Over 100 companies, 100 startups, 40 speakers, and ICT ministers from all ten ASEAN countries are set to attend Cambodia’s largest ever tech event, which aims to showcase the Kingdom’s digital transformation and promote regional tech collaboration.

Between March 15 and 17, more than 20,000 people are expected to attend Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island to celebrate tech, startups and innovation.

Hosted by the National Institute of Post, Telecommunications and ICT (NIPTICT), the inaugural event aims showcase the work of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and six other ministries as part of their efforts to push Cambodia into the digital future. Major tech players Smart Axiata, Metfone, and Huawei Technologies are lending their support.

The event follows the release of the initial findings of the Cambodian Startup Report, which looks into the Kingdom’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. It will help to inform future government policies for Cambodia’s tech and startup industries, and the released of the full report is therefore hotly anticipated!

Geeks will of course update with more information about this exciting event as it is released, and we look forward to seeing many of you there in March.

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Aniwaa adds drone data to its review platform Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:56:49 +0000 Peter Ford The scattered and incomplete nature of many review sites has made it hard for drone buyers to get an objective sense of the ... More]]> Phnom Penh based tech review and comparison website Aniwaa have added drones to their ever-growing list of information, in an effort to provide a centralised home for all things new in tech.

The scattered and incomplete nature of many review sites has made it hard for drone buyers to get an objective sense of the products in the market, explained Aniwaa co-founder Pierre-Antoine Arrighi.

“New hardware is being released frequently, which is creating a very fragmented market space and making it difficult for potential buyers to make an informed choice. We aim to fix this by providing actionable tools and content to help our users find the best drone for their needs and budget.”

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There are already more than 80 drone reviews on the Aniwwa site, which also includes reviews and comparison data for 3D printers, 3D scanners and VR and AR headsets. The latter two were added in July 2018, which Martin Lansard, Aniwaa CEO and co-founder noted at the time “makes it easier for our users to embrace the future.”

We look forward to reading more about the latest drone technology, and let’s see what Aniwaa adds next!

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