Smart Axiata awaiting regulatory approval for 5G rollout

14 Nov 2019

Cambodian mobile operator Smart Axiata has said it is ready to roll out 5G services but is waiting for permission from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC) before it can do so. The operator’s CEO Thomas Hundt told the Khmer Times that talks are underway with the Ministry with a view to securing the necessary approvals for 5G-suitable spectrum.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July Smart Axiata conducted a live 5G trial in the capital Phnom Penh using a mobile device from Chinese equipment vendor Huawei. The firm said that when commercial rollout begins in the next few years, 5G coverage will initially be centred on ‘hotspots’ in major cities.