Google

ASEANAFFAIRS
Sign up | Log in

    ASEAN PROFILES

  ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS

Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Cambodia News  >>   IT&Electronics  >>   Cambodian IT sector to grow
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs                     30  September 2011

Cambodian IT sector to grow

Related Stories

March 5, 2011
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam discuss joint website

 

January 15, 2011
Asean ICT Masterplan adopted

January 13,2011
Asean must strengthen ICT development

December 7,2010
Samsung to open LED plant in Malaysia

November 3,2010
Malaysian ICT firms see potential business

Cambodia's information technology sector is looking to expand its current capacities in the next decade as the country chases other countries in the region, industry experts say.

As much as 40 percent of the country could be online within 10 years, Dell general manager of Indochina Ano-thai Wettayakorn said last week.

World Bank figures show about 0.5 percent of Cambodians, or 78,000 people, used the Internet in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available.

Industry insiders have confirmed that number, saying it is still below one percent.

An increasingly young demographic, coupled with rising income and a previous dearth of investment in the sector would carry Cambodia's information-technology industry toward regional standards on par with Thailand and Vietnam, Anothai said.

"With its past history, the country was not ready to move on to the IT industry as soon as other countries. But now they are leapfrogging because they don't need to start from the [basics]," he said after a forum on cloud computing held at the Sofitel Hotel.

"This means they can grow faster than the others. The headroom is very big."

About 26 percent of Vietnamese were online in 2009, according to the World Bank, whose data showed 25 percent of Thais used the Internet in that year.

Anothai said the 40 percent of Cambodia's workforce that will be below the age of 25 in 2021 would account for Cambodia's Internet penetration at that time.

This demographic would fuel the consumer end of the IT industry, as ever more popular smartphones and handheld devices drove internet proliferation, he said.

"This generation is growing up with the technology. They will be the ones who use it day in and day out."

Although sales of computers and smart devices were still limited, consumers once financially excluded from the market were showing interest in new products, Microsoft country manager Pily Wong said yesterday.

"Life is improving in Cambodia. I see more and more people buying iPhones, and students with enough money to buy their own computers," he said. Although 40 percent internet penetration within 10 years was "optimistic but possible", the outcome would depend largely on the government's attitude to the IT industry, Wong said.

The government's increasing demand for technological sophistication would also be a big driver of IT investment, and improved technology in the government could push efficiency and transparency, he said.

A reduction in import duties could substantially drop the cost of IT products and services, Dell's Anothai said.

Recent dialogue between the government and the US-ASEAN Business Council, in which Dell participated, had revealed plans to drop import tariffs from the current 15 percent to less than five percent, he said.

"That makes the barrier of entry to technologies lower, so we can bridge the digital gap between rich and poor people in the near future.''

A substantial gap in spending still existed between urban and rural Cambodia, Pheang Sokveasna, project manager at the Cambodian IT firm PCSP Group, said yesterday.

Device purchases would grow, but only slowly, with the vast majority of consumers in urban areas, he said.

Figures for Internet users had "doubled and tripled" in the past few years, but solid projections for long-term growth were difficult to make, Pheang Sokveasna said.



Share 

 


Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates
Contact: marketing@aseanaffairs.com

Comment on this Article. Send them to  your.views@aseanaffairs.com

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
 
or
submit your comment in the box below
Name

Name


Email

Email



1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code



 
Today's  Stories    30  September  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Cambodian IT sector to grow Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Inflations rises in Indonesia Asean Affairs Premium
• Indonesia cancels Thai rice deal
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Malaysian trade mission to Europe
• Philippines may ditch public-private plan
• Church calls for prayer in RH bill struggle
• First-car program upsets Ford
pp pp

Asean Analysis               30  September  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Chinese trains for Asean? Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch   30  September  2011

 
• Asean Stock Watch-September 30 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan

ASEAN  ANALYSIS

This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More

 

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2017 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand
asean@aseanaffairs.com