China’s Huawei on Sunday pledged to assist Cambodia developing 5G infrastructure, signing an agreement on 5G rollout with the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
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The company is expected to roll out the service in Cambodia sometime next year.
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing in a ceremony attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Mr Li Jin’ge , Huawei’s Vice President.
5G is the fifth-generation of mobile connectivity. It seeks to increase data speeds and provide wider coverage.
Huawei’s Mr Li told Mr Hun Sen that the deal means Cambodia will become the first country in Asean to develop 5G capabilities.
“It will help the country transition into a digital economy, boosting the education sector in particular,” he said, adding that the firm will seek the collaboration of other ministries to develop the 5G network.
According to Mr Li, the company opened its first office in Phnom Penh in 1999. He said that during its 20 years of operations, Huawei has experienced remarkable success as a result of its partnership with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Developing 5G capabilities will speed the transition into a digital economy, Im Vutha, spokesman for the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), told Khmer Times on Sunday.
Mr Vutha said the agreement will play an important role in the development of the country’s economy in the digital era, as outlined in the government’s strategy for the sector.
“5G network will be critical to sustain connectivity in a digital economy,” he said. “Without it the government will not be able to achieve its goals for the development of the industry.”
He said 5G will bring faster Internet speeds, achieving 1 gigabyte per second.
5G network is expected to be available worldwide by 2020, he added.
In addition to the pact signed with Huawei, Cambodia is seeking help from KT Corporation, a South Korean telecom company, to develop its 5G network.