More than 2.54 million SIM cards were registered during the first 10 months of the year while the number of mobile internet users grew by 3.3 million, according to the latest report from the Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC).
The number of total registered SIM cards reached 22 million as of October, 135 percent of the country’s population, the report said. The number of mobile internet users in the country now stands at 16.75 million.
From January to October, the number of fixed internet subscribers increased by 61,817, reaching 215,165 users.
The number of landline phone users, on the other hand, decreased by 28,742 users to 59,415.
TRC spokesman Im Vutha said the rising popularity of social media platforms are pushing demand for both mobile and fixed internet.
Mr Vutha said this is in line with the government’s policy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“The government, private investors, businesses and the general public prefer to use online services, such as e-commerce,” he said. “Cambodia has just approved the E-commerce and Consumer Protection Laws which will increase the confidence of users.”
He said ride-hailing and e-payment apps, as well as government-run platforms to process passport applications and vehicle registrations online, are increasing demand for internet services in the Kingdom.
Cambodia has 6 mobile service providers, 7 mobile internet service providers, 7 landline phone providers, and 34 fixed internet providers, according to TRC.
There were 8.8 million Cambodians on Facebook as of June this year.