09 Jul 2019
Smart Axiata, Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications company, yesterday hosted the first 5G live trial in Cambodia.
The event was attended by Malaysian Ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim and Moa Chakrya, chairman of the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia.
Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt and Stjepan Udovicic, CMO, armed with a 5G-enabled mobile device from Huawei, showed how 5G connectivity – centred on Gigabit speeds, ultra-reliable low latency and massive connections – will change the user experience and unlock new applications.
“Our mission is to enrich the lives of millions of Cambodians through world-class networks and exceptional digital experiences. This is why we invest $70 to $80 million every year, primarily in network infrastructure, to improve mobile broadband connectivity across the Kingdom,” Mr Hundt said.
“Trust that we will continue to improve our existing 4.5G service while preparing for future technologies like 5G,” he said at the showcase.
Yesterday’s event highlighted Smart’s leadership in the industry, after being the first mobile telecommunications company in Cambodia to launch 4G in 2014, followed by 4G+ in 2016, 4G+ with HD Voice (VoLTE) in 2017 and 4.5G later that same year.
“Today’s examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Mobile networks with Gbps speeds will improve streaming and performance of download tasks, while ultra-low latency will improve live quality broadcasts, VR and gaming. Massive connections will be highly beneficial to address the rapidly expanding number of connected devices,” explained Mr Stjepan.
International commercial 5G launches are expected to exponentially increase towards the end of the year as more 5G-enabled devices enter the market. It is expected that the initial 5G commercial rollout in Cambodia will be focused on ‘hotspots’ in major cities.
“As exemplified through this live trial, Smart is exploring all aspects of this advanced technology and we are making sure we are ready to transition to 5G,” Mr Hundt said.