Cambodia Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 56,445

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 156

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 21,418,681

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 127.24 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 57

Telecommunication systems

general assessment: Cambodia’s telecom infrastructure struggles with poor infrastructure and power outages; improvement through competition and foreign investment; fixed-line and fixed/mobile broadband penetration is still low compared to other Asian nations; government and operators preparing for 5G services through Huawei’s infrastructure that will drive mobile broadband through faster speeds; online Internet content subject to government restrictions (2021) (2020)

domestic: fixed-line connections stand at about 1 per 100 persons and declining; mobile-cellular usage, aided by competition among service providers, has increased to about 130 per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 855; landing points for MCT and AAE-1 via submarine cables providing communication to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa; satellite earth station - 1 Intersputnik (Indian Ocean region) (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

mixture of state-owned, joint public-private, and privately owned broadcast media; 27 TV broadcast stations with most operating on multiple channels, including 1 state-operated station broadcasting from multiple locations, 11 stations either jointly operated or privately owned with some broadcasting from several locations; multi-channel cable and satellite systems are available (2019); 84 radio broadcast stations - 1 state-owned broadcaster with multiple stations and a large mixture of public and private broadcasters; one international broadcaster is available (2019) as well as one Chinese joint venture television station with the Ministry of Interior; several television and radio operators broadcast online only (often via Facebook) (2019)

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Internet users

total: 6,579,808

percent of population: 40% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 74

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 184,379

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 1.1 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 114

NOTE: The information regarding Cambodia on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cambodia 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cambodia 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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