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Years of telco companies laying their own fiber networks has left Phnom Penh with a messy -- but working -- internet infrastructure. (Photo by Shaun Turton)
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Cambodia creates new snarls as it tries to untangle its internet mess

Fears grow that cheap and fast access could suffer under regulatory crackdown

SHAUN TURTON, Contributing writer | Cambodia

PHNOM PENH -- On a recent morning in May, utility workers pulled down masses of tangled black wires running above a busy street in Phnom Penh as part of a broad effort to clean up the Cambodian capital's sprawling fiber network.

Nearby, some residents and businesses saw their internet service cut for days as the cables came down, without replacements ready to go. Far from routine maintenance gone wrong, the episode speaks to major changes happening within Cambodia's telecommunication sector.

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