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Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The mobile broadband market sees rapid growth in Cambodia

Despite its status as a lesser developed country, Cambodia's efforts to expand and upgrade its telecom infrastructure are bearing fruit. There were 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 only six.

By 2018, compared to other Asian nations, Cambodia has very low fixed line and fixed-broadband penetration and low mobile broadband penetration.

The number of fixed telephone lines in Cambodia is slowly declining from a small base as the mobile segment continues to expand and fixed broadband penetration remains very low and under-developed.

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. Fixed broadband penetration is predicted to grow very strongly over the next five years from this very small base.

In 2018 the MPTC launched a free Wi-Fi service for visitors and residents of Phnom Penh. Customers can access free Wi-Fi services in selected parks around the city.

The mobile subscriber market peaked in 2015, however since then has seen penetration fall due to maturing market as well as market consolidation amongst the mobile operators and stricter implementation of laws regarding SIM card registration. Over the next five years to 2023 the market will move back to positive growth but at a relatively slow rate.

Cambodia aims to launch its first communications satellite into orbit in 2021.

Cambodia's mobile broadband has grown sharply over the past five years from a small base driven by a mature mobile market. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 but at a declining rate.

The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they further roll out their 4G networks and eventually launch 5G networks.

Key Developments:

MPTC launched a free Wi-Fi service for visitors and residents of Phnom Penh.

Smart Axiata launched an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network capable of supporting maximum speeds of 600Mbps.

Cambodia aims to launch its first communications satellite into orbit in 2021.

Mobile broadband has seen very strong growth over the past five years.

Fixed broadband penetration is predicted to reach over 2% by 2023.

The number of fixed telephone lines in Cambodia is slowly declining.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications (MPTC)
5.1.2 Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
5.2 Huawei government business partner
5.3 New Draft Telecommunications Law
5.4 Agreement with Chinese Government
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Telecom Cambodia
6.2 Viettel
6.3 Digi
6.4 Kingtel (Emaxx)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Optical fibre networks
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Introduction
7.3.2 Satellite
7.3.3 Greater Mekong Subregion Information Superhighway (GMS-IS)
7.3.4 Cambodian-Vietnamese Super Highway Telecoms Network
7.3.5 Submarine cable
7.4 Specific IT developments
7.4.1 Cloud Computing
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Background
8.2 Broadband statistics and Forecasts
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 WiFi
8.3.2 WiMAX
9. Mobile market
9.1 Background
9.2 Mobile Statistics and Forecast
9.3 Mobile broadband and Forecast
9.4 Mobile Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Spectrum Auctions
9.4.2 SIM Registration
10. Mobile infrastructure
10.1 4G LTE
10.1.1 Digital Star
10.1.2 Southeast Asia Telecommunications
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Operator statistics
11.2 Smart Axiata
11.3 Metfone (Viettel)
11.4 CamGSM
11.5 CadComms (QB)
11.6 SEATEL
11.6.1 Historic - GT-Tell (Excell)
11.7 CooTel
11.8 Historic - Mfone (CamShin)
11.9 Historic - Smart Mobile
11.10 Historic - Beeline Cambodia (Sotelco)
12. Digital Media
12.1 Broadcasting
12.2 Social Media
12.3 Cable TV
12.4 Satellite TV
13. Digital Economy
13.1 e-Education
14. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 3 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 - 2023
Table 4 Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 1995 - 2018
Table 5 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2005 - 2023
Table 6 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 7 Historic - Internet users and penetration 1997 - 2006
Table 8 Internet household penetration 2008 - 2018
Table 9 Proportion of households with a computer 2007 - 2018
Table 10 Total international internet bandwidth 1999 - 2018
Table 11 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2015 - 2018
Table 12 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 1995 - 2023
Table 13 Historic - Mobile services sector estimated ARPU 1998 - 2012
Table 14 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2010 - 2023
Table 15 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2018
Table 16 Historic - Mobile Operators and Systems
Table 17 Smart Axiata: mobile subscribers 1998 - 2018
Table 18 Metfone (Viettel) mobile subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 19 MobiTel (CamGSM) mobile subscribers 1998 - 2018
Table 20 Historic - MobiTel: 3G subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 21 Cadcomms mobile (3G) subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 22 Historic - Mfone (CamShin) mobile subscribers 1998 - 2012
Table 23 Historic- Smart Mobile subscribers 2011 - 2012
Table 24 Historic - Beeline Cambodia subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 25 Historic Key broadcasting statistics - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2018; 2023
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index South East Asia
Chart 5 - Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 2006 - 2018
Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 - 2023
Chart 7 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 - 2023
Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2010 - 2023
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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