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Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

July 2020 | 85 pages | ID: C4869EF06E4EN
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The Cambodia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Cambodia’s regulator revokes CadComms’ licence

Despite its status as a lesser developed country, Cambodia’s efforts to expand and upgrade its telecom infrastructure are bearing fruit. There are a number of competing operators in the mobile sector, while there are also almost 70 ISPs licensed to provide services. Despite this competition, Cambodia has very low fixed-line and fixed-broadband penetration compared to other Asian nations, as also relatively low mobile broadband penetration.

The number of fixed telephony lines continues to fall steadily as customers migrate to mobile platforms for voice and data services. This has also had an effect on the number of fixed-line internet accesses, a sector which is highly under-developed. Over the past five years fixed broadband penetration has increased moderately from a very small base.

The broadband market is mainly composed of low-quality residential broadband services, though a small number of operators, including SINET, are beginning to address this by rolling out fibre-based services.

The mobile market reached a peak in 2015 before the number of subscribers fell steadily during the following three years as the market reacted to consolidation among operators. However, there was a strong growth in 2019 and despite a dip expected in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic a slow but steady growth is expected in coming years.

Cambodia is well on the way on preparing for the rollout of 5G services, with the government and MNOs focussed on Huawei as the vendor for rolling out 5G infrastructure. This will help drive developments in the mobile broadband sector as faster speeds offered by the operators encourage greater use of data services among subscribers.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:
  • Cambodia preps for 5G network rollouts;
  • Regulator revokes CadComms’ licence and spectrum concession;
  • SINET announces rollout of a nationwide FttP network;
  • Mobile broadband shows continued strong growth;
  • Fixed broadband gaining traction though from a low base;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to April 2020, telcos operating data for 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report include:

Smart Axiata, Viettel (Metfone), CamGSM, CadComms, SEATEL, CooTel, Beeline Cambodia, VEON, Telecom Cambodia, Digi, Kingtel (Emaxx)
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market overview and analysis

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile infrastructure
7.3 Mobile broadband
7.4 Major mobile operators

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Broadband statistics
8.2 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-Education

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Telecom Cambodia
10.2 Viettel
10.3 Digi
10.4 Kingtel (Emaxx)

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 Optical fibre networks
11.3 International infrastructure

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Cambodia 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Change in the number of Smart Axiata's mobile subscribers 2007 2019
Table 5 Development of Smart Axiata's financial data 2015 2019
Table 6 Change in the number of Metfone's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 7 Change in the number of MobiTel's mobile subscribers 2008 2019
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 Increase in internet household penetration 2008 2020
Table 10 Proportion of households with a computer 2007 2020
Table 11 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2018
Table 12 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2015 2018
Table 13 Decline in the number of fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 2010 2025
Table 14 Historic - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration 1995 2009
Table 15 Historic - Mobile services sector estimated ARPU 1998 2012
Table 16 Historic - Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 2006 2009
Table 17 Historic - Fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 1995 2006
Table 18 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2009
Table 19 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2009
Table 20 Total international internet bandwidth 1999 2009
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
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 2010 2025
Chart 5 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Development of Smart Axiata's financial data 2015 2019
Chart 7 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 - Decline in the number of fixed telephone lines in service and penetration 2010 2025
Exhibit 1 Key market characteristics by market segment
Exhibit 2 South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country


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