Gov't figures show Cambodia's mobile internet usage continues to rise
The number of people in Cambodia accessing the Internet from their mobile devices increased by 1.3 million during a 10-month period last year, though the number of mobile phone subscribers increased by just over 4,500 during the same period, according to figures released last week by the ...
SIM card registration drive stalling
One month after the government announced a crackdown on unregistered mobile phone lines, retailers are still selling SIM cards without the required identification documents, and the major telecom companies have done little to curtail the practice. In a joint press conference on September 22, officials ...
SIM card crackdown
Anyone who purchased a mobile phone SIM card without providing appropriate ID can expect to see those phone numbers terminated, while any retailer selling SIM cards without collecting identification documents faces arrest, the government announced yesterday. The crackdown, which begins today, will see any retailer ...
TRC gives up revenue collection to ministry
The Kingdom’s telecom regulator announced this week that it would transfer telco operator revenues it traditionally receives to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications as part of government reforms on revenue collection. ...
Cambodian telecom firm cooperates with China's Huawei to build 4G network in Cambodia
Cambodian telecommunications company EMAXX signed a contract with China’s Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, on Wednesday in order to develop EMAXX’s 4G network in Cambodia. The contract was inked between Ai Min, chief executive officer of EMAXX, and Weng Kefeng, deputy general manager of Huawei ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
Smart posts midyear gains
Mobile service provider Smart has outperformed its fellow Axiata Group subsidiaries in the first half of the year, according to the Malaysian conglomerate’s latest financial report. Driven by a 115 per cent increase in data traffic revenue, Axiata’s results show Smart’s gross revenue totalled 270 million ...
Telecom law grants ‘police powers’
Private-sector representatives today are to conclude a two-day consultation forum with the government over the controversial new draft telecommunications law. The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications’ (MPT) yet-to-be-approved draft law includes provisions that grant the ministry judicial powers to indict telecom service-related operators and even everyday ...
Gov’t gives telecom firms time to digest new draft law
The ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) has postponed a two-day meeting with telecom firms to discuss a controversial draft law leaked to the Post last week, which details the government’s plan to assert control over the industry. A representative from one telecommunications provider who wished ...
Telecom law outrage
Cambodia’s telecom sector is outraged over a draft law handed down by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) on Wednesday, which details a government plan to assert control over the industry. In what is being labeled an “unprecedented, draconian” effort to nationalise the industry, the ...
Mobile network operators ordered to halt free SIM delivery, or face legal punishment
Authority has asked all mobile network operators in Cambodia to stop delivering free Sim Cards without getting a copy of identification card from their clients, warning that they would face legal action if they disobey the order. The warning was made during a meeting on Thursday ...
The Cambodia Herald News Staff
Hong Kong's KeyBridge acquires 65 pct shares of Cambodian telecom firm
The KeyBridge International (Hong Kong) Investment Company has acquired 65 percent shares of a Cambodian telecommunications company EMAXX in an amount of 15 million U.S. dollars, officials of the two companies announced Wednesday. “EMAXX has converted from a family business into a joint venture,” Ai Min, ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
Mobile users top 20 million, internet usage still rising
The number of mobile subscribers in Cambodia topped 20 million last year, surpassing the country’s population by about 5 million. Internet users also jumped, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The report fails to say how many Cambodians own ...
State-Owned Properties to Be Sold, Swapped
Six prime government-owned properties in Phnom Penh and Battambang province have been reclassified as privately held state properties in order to pave the way for the land to be sold or swapped with private companies, according to a sub-decree signed November 8. Signed by Prime Minister ...
MobiTel Named in Leaked Australian Phone Tap Document
When one of Australia’s top intelligence agencies in 2009 presented staff with a slideshow detailing their attempts to intercept mobile telephone calls by Indonesia’s president, first lady and top officials, it also revealed other possible spying targets—including one of Cambodia’s largest mobile operators, MobiTel, according ...
Hun Sen Makes More Cuts to Sok An’s Portfolio
Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on a directive last week to transfer 11 government bodies, previously overseen by Cabinet Minister Sok An, to relevant ministries and institutions, further cutting the expansive portfolio of the deputy prime minister in the wake of July’s national election. ...
Aun Pheap and Colin Meyn
Revenues up at mail service, but not locally
Revenue at the Cambodia Post (CP), the country’s mail service provider, rose nearly $2 million in the first half of this year, a 10 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2012. But the service still handles mostly international shipments, and is failing ...
Chinese Firm Joins Crowded Telecom Market
Mobile firm CooTel, a subsidiary of a large Chinese telecommunications corporation, is making plans to enter Cambodia’s oversaturated mobile phone market, officials said. The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications granted CooTel’s parent company, Xinwei (Cambodia) Telecom Co. Ltd., an operating license in August 2011 and the ...
‘Thinnest’ smartphone is set for debut in Cambodia
Two days after Huawei introduced the world’s thinnest smartphone in London and Singapore, the Cambodian representative office of the China-based company announced that the sleek device would be sold in the Kingdom in July. While the Chinese telecom giant hopes to increase its market share of ...
Moving towards e-commerce
Motorbikes, vegetables, iPhones, artwork, or even land on which to build a house – a quick browse through website 7Makara.com gives the impression of a Cambodian eBay or Amazon. The difference, however, is that you can’t complete the transaction from the convenience of your bedroom. In ...
Fixed-line users rise
The number of fixed-line telephone subscribers in Cambodia increased by four per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, standing in sharp contrast to a mobile phone subscriber growth of 22 per cent in the same period, statistics show. According to figures from the Ministry of Posts ...