Metfone Viettel, a Cambodia-based affiliate of the Vietnamese military-owned Viettel Corporation, offers free internet services to schools in Cambodia.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on “Metfone Internet in school and scholarship program”, valued up to 5 million USD, has been signed between Metfone and Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) on December 29, 2009.

Following the MOU, from 2009 -2015, Metfone will provide free Internet connections and related equipments to all public schools, education centers, universities, colleges and MoEYS’s offices in Cambodia, totaling up to 2,000 access points. Moreover, under Metfone scholarship fund, hundreds of excellent pupils and students would be awarded scholarships worth 240 USD for two years (10 USD per month).

Also, in this MOU signing ceremony, 334 broadband internet connections were handed over as completion of phase 1, for schools, departments and computers for learning, teaching, managing and e-education purpose of Cambodia.

It is expected that by 2015, more than one million students and teachers will enjoy utilities and benefits upon the completion of the connections, generating new drive/stimulus for the development of education in Cambodia.

Source: Adapted from Foreign Press Center Vietnam