|Who are we?
Telstra BigPond - Cambodia officially opened its doors on June 1, 1997.
Since that time we have given to our customers: complete internet and
email services, comprehensive customer service and a reliable network.
"Keeping Cambodia Well-Connected"has been our underlying theme of all the
developments that have been taking place at BigPond though the years.
Thus, we have upgraded and updated so that we can best serve our
We are proud to note that from a society of non-internet and non email
users four years ago, people in Cambodia are now very much aware of what
the internet can bring them. They are more up to date with their
information and their communication channels are now so structured that
ideas and information are shared in seconds. Indeed we can see this
increased interest as we look at our customer growth through the years.
Be well connected. Come and visit us at BigPond and we will tell and show
Speech delivered by So Marina, BigPond's General Manager at the IT
Awareness Seminar at Intercontinental Hotel on September 13, 2001:
Telstra BigPond: Keeping Cambodia Well-Connected and E-Ready
For the past
fours years Telstra Bigpond Cambodia has been providing
comprehensive internet services in Cambodia. Being one of the
pioneers in Cambodia, BigPond's experience can be considered
most insightful, rewarding and interesting. Our network now
provides services to more than four thousand Cambodians, who
before 1997 did not even know what Internet was.
With the establishment of the Telstra BigPond Internet Services, the
boundless information and resources of the Internet has been made
available to the people of Cambodia. Similarly this gives the people of
Cambodia (including teachers, students government employers, business men)
voice in the world and allows Cambodian businesses to go into the newly
emerging arena of electronic commerce (e-commerce).
Telstra BigPond Cambodia is now offering a full internet service network
based on a server farm located in Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap. Currently
our International connectivity is 1.5Mbit satellite link. Our services
include email and internet, which are now familiar to some people in
Cambodia, as well as access to the World Wide Web which is an
easy-to-navigate information facility offering well in excess of 1 billion
pages of information. This covers a broad spectrum of topics including
education, science, health, technologies and engineering as well as
numerous recreational sites. We also provide access via a local server to
the many thousands of Internet Newsgroups, which provide a mechanism for
the discussion of special interest topics covering almost every conceivable
subject from archeology to zoology. It is hoped that the availability of
the Internet News service in Cambodia will promote the establishment of
Khmer-specific discussion groups. Bigpond web site features "Cambodia Talk"
which allows people to discuss with others, a wide range of topics, to find
friends and simply share ideas or information about Cambodia. BigPond
website also provides "Cambodian Search" which acts like a search engine
for companies and NGOs in Cambodia.
Telstra BigPond is committed to keeping Cambodia well connected as it plans
for the expansion of its services and as it explores ways to best serve its
Telstra BigPond has established itself in the IT world of Cambodia. As long
as there is an environment that provides for fair competition, impartial
and consistent implementation of laws and policies, and positive
"DevelopCambodia" outlook among the concerned organizations, BigPond will
be here to stay.
With this seminar, more Cambodians will be more aware of what the
e-commerce has to offer. Our experience with customer growth for the past
four years show that Cambodians quite easily catch on to developments once
they are suitably oriented and trained. With the availability of
information, technology and people expertise, there is no doubt Cambodians
can and will be ready for the future.
BigPond certainly will play a big role in
making Cambodians e-ready. We have the network, the people and
the commitment to do