Cambodia telco starts 5G trials with Huawei

Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s Smart Axiata said it has begun 5G trials in partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies, and could start rolling out the mobile network by this year.

Smart Axiata, part of Malaysia’s Axiata Group, serves half of the 16 million population of Cambodia, whose government signed a memorandum of understanding in April with Huawei to help develop its 5G telecoms system.

“It will not be nationwide coverage from day one, it will be hot spots first, it will be urban areas first and then we will gradually expand,” Smart Axiata chief executive Thomas Hundt told reporters on Monday after the trial.

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