Cambodian wireless operator Smart Mobile is carrying out testing of its WiMAX network ahead of a possible launch in the second quarter of this year, local daily Phnom Penh Post reports, citing Smart’s CEO, Thomas Hundt. The service will initially be available in Phnom Penh, but the network will be expanded to Siem Reap and Battambang, offering download speeds of up to 40Mbps. According to Hundt, the company held its first live test of the system last week during the ASEAN Tourism Forum at Koh Pich, with ‘excellent’ results.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Smart Mobile became Cambodia’s eighth mobile operator when it launched commercial GSM services in Phnom Penh and Siem Riep in March 2009. It is owned by Latelz, a subsidiary of Cyprus-based and Russian-owned Timeturns Holdings. Earlier this month Swedish telecoms group TeliaSonera received approval from the Cambodian authorities to merge its Cambodian mobile subsidiary Applifone’s operations with those of Smart Mobile. The new company will operate under the Smart Mobile brand. TeliaSonera’s 75.5%-owned unit TeliaSonera Asia Holding will take 25% of the new company.