Cambodian telecoms operator Yes Seatel has launched a pilot trial for the latest generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks – 5G.
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It was begun this week at Yes Seatel’s headquarters in Phnom Penh.
It’s the fourth telecom operator to pilot 5G in Cambodia.
Yes Seatel Director Yao Yue Yin said that expanding to 5G will be convenient for the public and businesses given its speed and efficiency.
“When fully operational, it will open up new opportunities for enhancing the sectors of education, agriculture and industry, which are the main pillars of Cambodia’s society,” Yao said.
Tram Iv Tek, minister of Posts and Telecommunication, said the trial will contribute to the development of 5G in Cambodia because the government is working towards a digital economy like other countries in Asean doing the same.
5G will decrease download times and enable Cambodia to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), essential to a successful future digital economy.
“The pilot trial of 5G in Cambodia reflects that Cambodia is ready for 5G,” Tram said.
“To respond to the vision, the ministry is issuing 5G licences to operators and the ministry will continue providing support to telecom operators in Cambodia to enable all provinces to receive 5G,” Tram said.
The three other telecom operators already piloting 5G in Cambodia are Smart Axiata, Cam GSM (Cellcard) and Metfone.
There were 22 million SIM card subscribers among the six mobile operators in the country of 16 million people by the end of 2019. Internet subscribers numbered 16.5million, according to the Telecom Regulator of Cambodia’s statistics.
Recently, China has devised a customised 5G training programme for Cambodian telecoms officials to enable them to better understand China’s 5G policy.