Cellcard on Friday announced Cambodia’s first use of 5G for a telemedicine service at four locations across Phnom Penh to help the Kingdom’s most critically ill during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Cellcard, which is the only 100 per cent Cambodian-owned and "Proudly Khmer" mobile network operator, has been serving the people of Cambodia since 1997.
The service will see Phnom Penh’s leading doctors assess patients nationwide via video conference link to mobile phones and devices anywhere in Cambodia.
The service can be used to connect to patients in their homes, in clinics or hospitals.
Doctors will be able to provide real-time quality clinical care, counselling and therapy, as well as education for patients and professional consultations and supervision for on-the ground medical teams.
Cellcard, which recently demonstrated 5G speeds of more than 1.6Gb per second, will instal the service at:
- The Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital
- The Chak Angre Health Centre
- The Ministry of Health
- The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications
The initiative is being led by Royal Group chairman Neak Oknha Kith Meng in full cooperation with both ministries.
The Cellcard team is in the final planning stages for the solution, which will be in operation from Monday.
Cellcard CEO Ian Watson said the telemedicine service will be the first major step in delivering on the chairman’s vision of a fully digitalised Cambodia.
“We have always maintained that Cellcard would lead Cambodia’s introduction to 5G and that we would ensure the technology would indeed improve lives.
“With the Covid-19 situation, we see this as the most critical and urgent application to support the medical community as they work to protect lives wherever patients are across the Kingdom.
“This is a major collaborative response by the Royal Group ICT Division, reinforcing our commitment to do everything we can to support and care for the people of Cambodia during these uncertain times,”Watson said.
The technical solution for the service will see Cellcard 5G join with Ezecomfibreoptics.
Doctors will be able to provide consultations nationwide over 5G Ultra-High Speed with High Definition video.