Despite Huawei’s ban in the U.S., telco companies still believe in the capability of bringing innovation in the smartphone industry. Smart Axiata, a leading telecommunications company in Cambodia, started to test its 5G network in Huawei’s mobile phone.
This move is a part of the partnership between Huawei and Smart Axiata in building and bringing a 5G network in Cambodia.
Thomas Hundt, Smart Axiata’s Chief Executive said, “The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia gave us the permission to carry out the 5G live trial showcase, but the commercial license has to be granted obviously later on by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. I very hope that this year 2019, we can bring 5G to commercial operations.”
Acknowledging the price they might spend in the fifth-generation (5G) network, Hundt said that Smart Axiata will continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Our mission is to enrich the lives of millions of Cambodians through world-class networks and exceptional digital experiences, which is why we invest 70 to 80 million U.S. dollars yearly, primarily in network infrastructure, to improve mobile broadband connectivity across the kingdom,” Hundt said.
“We will continue investing massively to improve our existing 4.5G mobile broadband connectivity across the Kingdom while in parallel preparing for the next generation of mobile networks – 5G,” Hundt added.
Smart Axiata is one of the many companies hooked with the 5G network. Hundt, recognizing its capabilities said, “Firstly, 5G mobile networks will provide Gbps speeds that will significantly improve streaming of ‘data heavy’ applications like when streaming music or 8K videos and the performance of download tasks. Secondly, 5G’s ultra-low latency will improve quality live broadcasts, VR and gaming.”
Aaron Wang, Chief Technology Officer of Huawei Wireless Network said, “Cambodia was the leading country that deployed 4G early in Southeast Asia, and in 5G era, I wish Cambodia would be the leading country again,” commenting on the potentials of 5G in Cambodia.
According to Wang, Cambodia is a leading country that deployed 4G early in Southeast Asia. “In the 5G era, I hope Cambodia will once again be a leading country,” said Wang
“Huawei will always work together with Cambodia and Smart to build a fully connected, intelligent Cambodia,” Wang added.
Smart Axiata plans on rolling out the network by 2019.