Cambodia wants Germany to help it open telecommunications links with cities in Vietnam and Laos as part of its bid to develop its tiny telephone system, co-Premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh said last week. He said his government had proposed to Germany to assist in providing grant aid for the Project of Transmission Network from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh to Vientiane and Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. He said Cambodia should also invite major foreign companies to invest in telecommunications development to increase the current penetration of a mere 0.3 phones for every 100 inhabitants, said to be the lowest in the world. The required capital investment is about $600m to reach just one phone per 100 inhabitants by 1998 and two per 100 inhabitants for the year 2005.
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