Cambodian mobile operator CamGSM, which provides services under the brand name Cellcard, plans to invest around USD200 million in the upgrade and expansion of its wireless network over the next twelve months, in order to meet the surging demand for 4G LTE data services. The Phnom Penh Post cites CamGSM’s CEO Ian Watson as saying at the 4G LTE and Security World Forum in Phnom Penh that the country’s operators need to invest in expanding and improving high speed mobile data coverage in order to survive in Cambodia’s highly competitive wireless market. In a press release on CamGSM’s website, the executive was quoted as saying: ‘Moving forward, Cambodia’s only 100% Cambodian-owned company plans to cement its position at the forefront of mobile internet services with a 4G expansion initiative that will make it the biggest 4G network in the country by the second quarter of 2017, with over 2,600 data sites.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, CamGSM announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services using the 1800MHz spectrum band in November 2015. The network was initially available in Phnom Penh, but was quickly expanded to other provinces, including Battambang, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Banteay Meanchey and Svay Reang.