Cambodia’s Adoption of Huawei’s 5G Brings Risk to Freedom of Speech, Critics Warn

Rights activists warn the Chinese firm’s quick rollout of 5G could further expand the Cambodian ruling party’s repression of public dissent and strengthen Chinese influence.

Cambodia recently became the first country in Southeast Asia to begin building the fifth-generation (5G) internet network developed by the Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies.

Cambodia’s early adoption of Huawei’s 5G network fits with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s tightening the political and economic relationship with Beijing, which has prompted a surge of Chinese investment across a range of sectors.

5G Internet speed is as much as 100 times faster than 4G and will be central to a future world of smart cities filled with smart homes and offices replete with devices connected to the “internet of things”.

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