Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications company, Smart Axiata, has recently announced the commercial launch of 4.5G in presence of H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia, a press release said Tuesday.
At the “4.5G Evolution: Road to 5G” press event at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, Smart also showcased new key mobile technologies together with its partner Huawei Technologies.
This latest evolution of mobile technology, also known as LTE Advance Pro, will enable Smart subscribers to enjoy even faster mobile Internet while experiencing world class lifestyle and entertainment content bundles with Smart’s ever-expanding 4G+ and now 4.5G network.
In the last three years, Smart has demonstrated its desire and ability to drive the development and growth of the Kingdom’s mobile communications and data services.
In 2014, Smart became the first mobile operator in Cambodia to provide 4G LTE. In 2016, Smart launched 4G+ using carrier aggregation i.e. combination of different frequencies, and was the first to offer 4G in all provinces.
4G+ with HD Voice or VoLTE, was launched in early 2017 to improve voice call experience, further raising Smart’s data leadership position in Cambodia.
Typically, 4.5G networks are capable of providing up to 8x faster peak mobile Internet speeds than normal 4G LTE. Technically, dependent on the amount of spectrum available, such networks can provide up to 1 Gbps cell peak throughput rates using the latest devices by Samsung, Sony and Huawei.
More device vendors are expected to make this technology upgrade available in the coming months.
Using 256QAM modulation, 4×4 MIMO and multi-carrier aggregation, the base station cell peak speeds Smart’s network can achieve in selected areas, up to 600 Mbps as of now*.
Smart currently operates 2300 2G and 3G sites and more than 1800 4G LTE sites across all 25 provinces in Cambodia. Smart’s commitment to providing the fastest, widest and most affordable mobile broadband network in the country is evident in the year-on-year increase in investment to expand its network infrastructure.
This is in support of the Royal Government of Cambodia’s objectives of 100% and 70% mobile broadband coverage in urban and rural areas respectively, by 2020.
“We strive to be the most progressive telco in the country. Smart will continue to seek new and better ways to ensure our subscribers receive the best possible service. We invested 75 million USD in 2016 and another 80 million USD this year, largely for network expansions and upgrades to provide top-notch mobile Internet with lifestyle enhancing value-added services. After being the first telco introducing 4G LTE in Cambodia in 2014, 4G+ in 2016 and now again the first telco bringing 4.5G to the country, 5G is surely not far away,” Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata said.
“The rapid growth that Cambodia has seen over the past few years especially in digital services has been enormously encouraging. As the young generation of Cambodia become more tech savvy and in touch with latest developments from across the country and the world, Smart will be there as a partner for them and the country they are developing – every step of that way,” Mr. Hundt noted.