Smart, Cellcard, Metfone to test 5G networks this year

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Three major mobile network operators have plans to roll out 5G networks on a trial basis this year, the Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia said Wednesday.

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The announcement follows the signing of a deal with Huawei last month on 5G rollout.

Speaking to Khmer Times, TRC spokesperson Im Vutha, said Smart Axiata, Cellcard, and Metfone all intend to carry out 5G trials during the second half of the year.

“Smart Axiata has already requested permission to launch a 5G trial network.

“Cellcard and Metfone have also expressed intentions to launch 5G networks during the second half of the year,” he said.

He said the trials will last about six months.

Cellcard CEO Ian Watson said his company will launch Cambodia’s first 5G network in the last quarter of the year.

“This is not only a great milestone for Cellcard, but it is also a great achievement for Cambodia, who can stand proudly with other Asean countries – such as South Korea, China, and Singapore – as a pioneer of 5G technology.”

Last month, China’s Huawei signed an agreement with the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in which it pledged to assist Cambodia developing 5G infrastructure.

The Chinese company expects to roll out the service in Cambodia sometime next year.

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