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Cambodia's First 4G Network Launches in Phnom Penh

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Cambodia's Smart Axiata has announced the launch of the country's first LTE network, with support for theoretical peak download speeds of 55Mbps.

Coverage is currently limited to a select number of indoor venues, but will become available across Phnom Penh city before the middle of the year.

Smart Axiata is a company formed from the merger of Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile last February, and at the time had around 5 million customers.

Mr. Thomas HUNDT, Smart Axiata's Chief Executive Officer, spoke at the launch event, "We are starting the 4G LTE journey with the 4G LTE Experience Zones, covering areas where especially urban youth and young professionals, typically power users and early adopters, gather to spend their time apart from their home, work or study places. The coverage will then be enlarged in the next weeks and months to cover whole Phnom Penh and beyond."

He also noted that 90% of the country's total internet traffic comes from mobile devices at the moment, indicating a strong market for the LTE upgrade.

The company is charging US$5 per month for 1Gb of mobile download allowance for prepay customers, or offering the LTE service as an inclusive package for existing contract customers.

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