China Unicom enters Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded
into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom
as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom
(Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the latest industry player to
enter Cambodia’s crowded telecommunications market.

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Tram Iv Tek welcomed China Unicom’s entrance into Cambodia.

Investment in the construction of telecommunications infrastructure
by China Unicom within countries in the BRI would bring significant
contributions to the development of the telecommunications industry in
Southeast Asia, he said.

“We believe that cooperation between Cambodian and Chinese
businesses will continue to deepen in the future, bringing better
quality cloud-based network and telecommunications services to local
companies and Chinese investors.

“Moreover, the increased involvement of China Unicom will assist in
the development of a ‘Digital Cambodia’ in the near future,” Iv Tek
said.

China Unicom Global chairman Meng Shusen said the establishment of
the Cambodian subsidiary builds a bridge for mutual information and
connectivity between the Kingdom and China.

“China Unicom upholds the ideology of localised business operations
in the Belt Road Initiative and will strengthen cooperation with
Cambodian businesses to develop the local telecommunications market with
its entry.

“It also hopes that its initiatives will not only provide quality
telecommunications services to Chinese enterprises in Cambodia, but also
assist Cambodian enterprises to invest in China, thus forging strong
and advantageous cooperation to complement the Belt and Road
Initiative,” Meng said.

China Unicom has participated in the construction and ownership of
more than 20 landline network projects and more than 30 submarine
network projects across the world, the company says.

It also possesses more than 80 point of presence (PoP) service access
points globally, working closely with international businesses and
service providers to offer a safe and reliable end-to-end cloud-based
network.

The global telecommunications group also provides integrated and
comprehensive information and communications services across the world,
especially for enterprises in Southeast Asia, China Unicom says.

Statistics from the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
show that 20.8 million SIM cards were registered during the first half
of this year, up 9.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Internet users, both mobile and fixed internet, increased 31.6 per
cent to 15.8 million during the first six months, up from 12 million in
the same period last year, the report added.

Three companies, Metfone, Cellcard and Smart, together have 90 per cent of total users in the market.

Last year, Cambodia had 12.5 million internet users and 19.16 million registered SIM cards.

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