Cambodian broadband company Emaxx has signed a contract with China’s Huawei for the development of a nationwide 4G network, the Phnom Penh Post reports. Under the contract, Huawei will roll out LTE base stations in eight cities, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Battambang. The project is scheduled to be completed within the next two years, with services expected to be initially launched in the capital in early 2015. ‘The aim is to fulfil the increasing demand for data usage in the Kingdom,’ commented Emaxx board member Sean Ngu, adding: ‘Both Emaxx and Huawei will progress to build the most reliable and stable 4G LTE network here’.
The announcement follows the acquisition of a 65% stake in Emaxx by Chinese firm Shenzhen Keybridge Communications (SKC) earlier this year. In April the company revealed it would invest USD148 million in new infrastructure projects, as part of plans to transform itself from a retail provider into a wholesale fibre-optic and 4G network supplier.