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5G networks

Cambodia 5G set to leapfrog ASEAN rivals with Huawei and ZTE

Smart Axiata and Cellcard pick Chinese technology to launch services by year end

Smart Axiata launches 5G technology in Phnom Penh in July.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH/HANOI -- The race to launch fifth-generation network services in Cambodia is heating up, with major telcos rolling out 5G base stations backed by Chinese tech vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE and earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars in related investment.

Smart Axiata, part of the Malaysia-based Axiata Group, and Cellcard, a telco owned by Cambodian conglomerate Royal Group, are hoping to lead the region by going live with 5G commercial services before the end of the year.

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