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Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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  • 80 Pages
  • June 2021
  • Region: Cambodia
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • ID: 303429

Cambodia’s regulator suspends 17 operators

Cambodia’s hyper-competitive mobile and ISP sectors felt the pain of restraints being applied in October 2020 when the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications (MPTC) suspended or revoked the licenses of 17 operators. Some of the suspensions were for reporting incorrect revenue or a failure to pay income tax, and may result in the operators being allowed to return to the market once their records have been cleared. In other cases, however, the MPTC cited a failure to comply with the terms of the operating licence and the suspension or revocation may be terminal.

For those operators still in business, 2020 was a period spent battening down the hatches while Covid-19 ravaged the globe. Cambodia’s mobile sector - by far the most dominant section of the telco market - experienced a small drop in subscriber numbers but increased revenues due to subscribers upping their data usage. Most of the MNOs invested in expanding their LTE networks while also upgrading base stations to be ready for 5G. Unfortunately, the launch of 5G services will not be for some time yet, since the government has withheld the release of spectrum and licenses while it ponders a policy and roadmap for the rollout of 5G across the nation.

Cambodia’s fixed-line network and infrastructure remains lacklustre, with fixed-line telephony numbers falling dramatically once again into 2021 to just over 42,500 lines. Fixed broadband services will suffer the consequences of an under-developed network, barely reaching 3% penetration within the next five years.

Table of Contents

Key statisticsRegional Asian Market ComparisonCountry overview
Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market
Regulatory environment
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
  • Mobile network developments

Mobile market
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Mobile broadband

Fixed broadband market
  • Fixed broadband statistics
  • Fixed broadband technologies

Fixed network market
  • Fixed network operators

Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Fixed-line network
  • Fibre networks
  • International infrastructure

Appendix Historic dataGlossary of abbreviationsRelated reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Cambodia 2021 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 3 Change in the number of Smart Axiata's mobile subscribers 2009-2020
Table 4 Development of Smart Axiata's financial data ($ million) 2009-2020
Table 5 Change in Smart Axiata's ARPU 2009-2020
Table 6 Development of Smart Axiata's voice and data traffic 2009-2020
Table 7 Change in the number of Metfone's mobile subscribers 2009-2019
Table 8 Change in the number of MobiTel's mobile subscribers 2008-2019
Table 10 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 11 Increase in internet household penetration 2008-2021
Table 12 Proportion of households with a computer 2007-2021
Table 13 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010-2019
Table 14 Lit/Equipped international bandwidth capacity 2015-2019
Table 16 Historic - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration 1995-2010
Table 17 Historic - Mobile services sector estimated ARPU 1998-2012
Table 18 Historic - Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 2000-2010
Table 19 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005-2010
Table 20 Historic - Total international internet bandwidth 1999-2010
Table 21 Historic - Mobile Operators and Systems
Table 22 Historic - MobiTel: 3G subscribers 2006-2013
Table 23 Historic - Metfone (CamShin) mobile subscribers 2003-2012
Table 24 Historic - Cadcomms mobile (3G) subscribers 2008-2017
List of Charts
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index South-East Asia
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 5 Development of Smart Axiata's financial data 2009-2020
Chart 7 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Key market characteristics by market segment
Exhibit 2 South-East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecom Markets by Country