Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Cambodia prepares for the launch of 5G services

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 2019, 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.

The Cambodia market is currently dominated with low-quality residential broadband services. SINET, a Cambodian ISP specialising in the business and enterprise sector, began to address this by announcing the rollout of a nationwide FTTH network.

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 is well on the way on preparing for the rollout of 5G services. Cambodia has entered into a deal with Huawei to roll out 5G mobile infrastructure.

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:

  • Cambodia is well on the way on preparing for the rollout of 5G services.
  • SINET announced the rollout of a nationwide FTTH network.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market Overview and Analysis
    • Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
      • Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications (MPTC)
      • Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
    • New Draft Telecommunications Law
    • Agreement with Chinese Government
  • Fixed network operators

    • Telecom Cambodia
    • Viettel
    • Digi
    • Kingtel (Emaxx)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Optical fibre networks
    • International infrastructure
      • Introduction
      • Satellite
      • Greater Mekong Subregion Information Superhighway (GMS-IS)
      • Cambodian-Vietnamese Super Highway Telecoms Network
      • Submarine cable
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Background
    • Broadband statistics and Forecasts
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Fibre Networks
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
    • Fixed Broadband Providers
      • SingMeng
  • Mobile market

    • Background
    • Mobile Statistics and Forecast
    • Mobile broadband and Forecast
    • Mobile Regulatory issues
      • Spectrum Auctions
      • SIM Registration
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 4G LTE
      • 5G
    • Major mobile operators
      • Operator statistics
      • Smart Axiata
      • Metfone (Viettel)
      • CamGSM
      • CadComms (QB)
      • SEATEL
      • CooTel
      • Historic - Mfone (CamShin)
      • Historic - Smart Mobile
      • Historic - Beeline Cambodia (Sotelco)
  • Digital media

    • Broadcasting
    • Social Media
    • Cable TV
    • Satellite TV
  • Digital Economy

    • e-Education
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • 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 – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Historic - Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration – 1995 – 2006
  • Table 6 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2005 – 2023
  • Table 7 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1997 – 2006
  • Table 9 – Internet household penetration – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Proportion of households with a computer– 2007 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Total international internet bandwidth – 1999 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Table 14 – Historic - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 15 – Historic - Mobile services sector estimated ARPU – 1998 – 2012
  • Table 16 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2010 – 2023
  • Table 17 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator – 2018
  • Table 18 – Historic - Mobile Operators and Systems
  • Table 19 – Smart Axiata: mobile subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 20 –Metfone (Viettel) mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 21 –MobiTel (CamGSM) mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Historic - MobiTel: 3G subscribers – 2006 – 2013
  • Table 23 – Cadcomms mobile (3G) subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Historic - Mfone (CamShin) mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2012

List of Charts

  • 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

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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