Cellcard concluded the first stand-alone test of their new 5G network yesterday, in which it recorded a top speed of 1.6 gigabytes per second. While the Cambodian telecoms company announced that more extensive testing is required, yesterday’s results from what has been described as the first “real” test of the forthcoming 5G network seem promising.
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This test conducted in Phnom Penh yesterday is considered real on account of it being end-to-end, with 5G radio to a 5G core network and being able to accommodate network slicing for dedicated use cases.
This, Cellcard announced, highlighted the company’s readiness for an extensive 5G roll-out early next year. Although no date has been fixed for this cellular upgrade, key locations in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville have already been identified for Cellcard’s 5G debut.
“Cellcard is serious about its commitment to leading the Kingdom’s digital future with 5G technology to advance society, economy and wellbeing for all Cambodians,” says Cellcard CEO Ian Watson.
“As the only Cambodian-owned proudly Khmer operator it is our duty to ensure that the adoption of 5G in this market has greater humanitarian impact and indeed improves lives. We see 5G as an enabler to improving living standards including health, education, and employment – all while supporting industries and the government to progress, and for the local economy to prosper,” he explains, noting that 5G will have practical applications in education, entertainment, and government infrastructure.
Next year Cellcard plans to deploy its 5G network in conjunction with the construction of a data centre that the company believes will be “world-class.”