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With $500M, Seatel Aims to Gain on Faster 4G Network

As part of an ambitious plan to rebrand one of Cambodia’s smallest mobile phone operators, a Hong Kong-backed telecommunications firm plans to invest $400 million over the next two to three years to construct the country’s fastest 4G network, the company’s general manager said Monday.

NagaCorp Gaming Revenue Up 17 Percent

NagaCorp Ltd., the owner of NagaWorld Hotel and Casino in Phnom Penh, saw its yearly gross gaming revenue increase by 17 percent compared to 2013 and its nongaming revenue rise by 14.4 percent, according to the company’s filing Wednesday on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Airline Sector to Grow as More Int’l Flights Offered

Cambodia’s flourishing airline sector is expected to witness further growth this year as two new companies begin operating international flights, according to a report released Friday by the Australia-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Cambodia’s Aviation Sector Soars Ahead in Region

Cambodia has the fastest-growing aviation sector in Southeast Asia, with passenger numbers surging 13 percent in 2014 as a result of an increase in visitors from China, according to a report released Thursday by the Australia-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation.

Three Die in Cambodian Vessel off Japanese Coast

Three people were killed Friday when a Cambodian-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of Japan, according to news agency reports. Both Chinese state news agency Xin­­hua and Agence-France Presse said a total of 10 people were aboard the 1,915-ton ship when it began to sink late Thursday off the coast of Aomori prefecture in the Sea of Ja­pan.

Gov’t Plans to Install Surveillance Equipment

The government is planning to install surveillance equipment on the networks of Cambodia’s mobile phone operators and Internet service providers, a senior Interior Ministry official said Tuesday, vindicating concerns about inspections the ministry quietly conducted on telecommunications firms in October.

Police Inspected Telecom Firms’ Routers, Records

Police investigators in October visited the headquarters of mobile telephone and Internet service providers operating in Cambodia to examine their routers and other equipment, and to look at the companies’ billing records and data logs, according to documents obtained last month and an interview with a senior police official.

Siem Reap Nightclub Blaze Leaves Five Dead

Four Cambodians and an Australian national were killed Tuesday in an apparent electrical fire at a nightclub in Siem Reap City, yet again raising concerns about the disregard for fire safety standards in Cambodia.

Demand for Khmer Script Increases With Social Networks

More Cambodians are using Khmer script on their mobile phones, a likely result of in­creased demand to communicate in their native language on social networks, according to the au­thor of a study released Friday.

Danish Court Convicts Pirate Bay Founder

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who fled to Cambodia in 2009 to avoid a prison sentence in Sweden, was found guilty by a Danish court last week of hacking computer mainframes operated by U.S. technology giant CSC, news website Daily Tech reported Friday.

Starting a Business in Cambodia Is Getting Harder, Report Says

Almost every aspect of starting or operating a business in Cambodia is becoming more difficult, according to a World Bank report released Wednesday.

Fugitive Russian Hosts ‘Secrets of Business’ Seminar

Despite facing multimillion-dollar embezzlement charges in Moscow, wanted Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky was set to host a free, online seminar on the “secrets of business” Tuesday, according to the fugitive’s website.

ADB, Gov’t Sign Deals Worth Nearly $100M

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government Monday signed loan and grant agreements worth a total of $98.5 million that allow the ADB to oversee disbursement of the money for three nationwide projects, the bank said in a press release.

Somaly Mam Foundation Ceases Operations

The Somaly Mam Foundation, the anti-sex-trafficking organization whose founder’s back-story as a sex slave has been the center of controversy after it was exposed as a fabrication, announced Saturday it had shuttered its entire operation.

US State Senator Lauds Hun Sen’s Anti-Graft Efforts

A visiting U.S. state senator on Thursday praised Prime Minister Hun Sen for his efforts to stamp out corruption but said the government should rely less on China, improve infrastructure and reduce electricity costs to attract further U.S. investment.

Luncheon to Help US Businesses Prepare for the Ebola Virus

The American Chamber of Commerce on Friday will host an “informative luncheon” to help U.S. businesses in Cambodia respond to the deadly Ebola virus if it reaches the country.

Economy to Grow 7.2% This Year, IMF Says

Cambodia’s economy is expected to grow by 7.2 percent this year, but a policy of debt and deficit reduction must remain a priority in order for the projection to be met, according to a report released Friday by the International Monetary Fund.

World Bank Says Cambodian Tourism, Crops Need Boost

Construction has overtaken tourism and agriculture as the country’s second largest sector—with garments still reigning supreme—according to a report released Monday by the World Bank, which says Cambodia must offer more tourism packages, repair its roads, reduce electricity costs and increase business automation to boost economic growth.

English Key to Business Success, Minister Says

Cambodians must learn English in order to succeed in a rapidly globalizing economy, Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol said Wednesday at a conference about the role of innovation in the digital economy.

Hackers Ordered to Work for Government

Two Cambodian hackers who once sought to topple the government by infiltrating its websites to reveal sensitive information were on Tuesday handed a suspended sentence, released from prison and ordered to work for the Interior Ministry, according to their attorney and a ministry official.