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Cambodia: More phones than people

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People preoccupied with their mobile phones. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The number of mobile SIM card subscribers went up by 4.5 percent in 2018 while the number of landline users plummeted by nearly one-third, such were the figures released at the annual meeting of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Friday, April 5.


The Kingdom’s SIM card users number 19.4 million, which is 120 percent of its total population, whereas the 88,157 landline users represent a mere 0.5 percent.

The report stated that mobile internet usage increased by 25.7 percent (now 13.4 million users) and fixed internet users gained 10 percent (now 153,348 users) in one year.

At the end of 2018 some 6.4 million people were 2G SIM card subscribers (30 percent of all users),  3G subscribers tallied 4.6 million (24 percent), with the majority of users, 8.2 million (43 percent), were 4G subscribers .

The state-run Cambodia Post earned $13.3 million in revenue in 2018, an increase of over 50 percent from 2017’s $8.5 million and 84.1 percent over the revenue plan.  The revenues came mainly from the Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel delivery.

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