Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The mobile sector gains momentum in Cambodia
Despite its status as a lesser developed country and remaining one of the poorer countries in Southeast Asia, Cambodia's efforts to expand and upgrade its telecom infrastructure are bearing fruit.
There were previously between eight and ten mobile operators vigorously competing with each other in a market segment that was growing at a rapid rate. A process of rationalisation followed, reducing the number of operators to six.
The mobile subscriber market peaked in 2015 with mobile subscriber penetration of 133%, however since then has seen penetration fall due to maturing market as well as market consolidation amongst the mobile operators. Over the next five years to 2022 the market will gain momentum again but at a relatively slow rate.
Limited fixed-line growth that had come about in Cambodia earlier on had mainly been through investment under foreign assistance plans, focusing on the capital Phnom Penh. Subsequently, geographical coverage did not increase significantly for a decade or more.
The number of fixed telephone lines in Cambodia is slowly declining from a very small base as the mobile segment continues to expand and fixed broadband penetration remains extremely low and under-developed. Penetration is predicted to drop further by 2019.
In 2017 Telecom Cambodia has inaugurated its Greater Mekong Telecom Backbone Network project, which included the installation of a 467km fibre-optic cable connection between Sihanoukville and Kampong Cham.
The fixed broadband market remains highly under-developed in Cambodia. Over the past five years fixed broadband penetration has increased moderately from a very small base.
Mobile broadband has seen very strong growth over the past five years from a small base driven by mature mobile market. Penetration is predicted to continue to grow strongly over the next two years to 2019.
Telecom Cambodia has inaugurated its Greater Mekong Telecom Backbone Network project. Mobile broadband has seen very strong growth over the past five years. Fixed broadband penetration is predicted to reach between over 2% by 2022. Over the next five years to 2022 the mobile market will grow again but at a relatively slow rate.The number of fixed telephone lines in Cambodia is slowly declining.