By Charles Rollet, The Phnom Penh Post

Internet provider Ezecom said it would help build the Kingdom’s first undersea communications cable, a long-delayed project that was originally announced in 2013 and slated for completion at the end of last year.

The construction of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable will “bring faster, more affordable broadband to the people of Cambodia and connect the country to the rest of the world like never before”, a company statement released yesterday reads.

The contract is to be signed through Ezecom-owned group Telcotech with Telkom Malaysia and Thailand’s Symphony Communication on Monday.

Ezecom CEO Paul Blanche-Horgan said that the delay in constructing the cable was due to negotiations with other companies, along with obtaining permission to build landing stations to accommodate the cable.

The planned 1,425-kilometre line will connect Cambodia to Malaysia, passing through Thailand on the way. Once in Malaysia, it will hook up to the Asia-American Gateway (AAG), a 20,000-kilometre cable connecting Southeast Asia to the United States.

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