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Communications in Cambodia
 
 
 

General

Communications in Cambodia specifically the postal, telegraph and telegram services are regulated under the Ministry of Telecommunications, transport and posts were restored throughout most of the country in the early 1980s during the People's Republic of Kampuchea regime after being disrupted under the Khmer Rouge.

In January 1987, the Soviet-aided Intersputnik space communications station began operation in Phnom Penh and established two-way telecommunication links between the Cambodian capital and the cities of Moscow, Hanoi, Vientiane and Paris. The completion of the earth satellite station restored the telephone and telex links among Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and other countries for the first time since 1975.

The government state communications corporation is Telecom Cambodia, founded in 2006 as an expansion of the telecommunication operating department of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Landline service in Phnom Penh and other provincial cities is available; mobile phone coverage is rapidly expanding in rural areas.

Mobile phone systems are widely used in urban areas to bypass deficiencies in the fixed-line network; fixed-line connections stand at well less than 1 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular usage, aided by increasing competition among service providers, is increasing and stands at nearly 20 per 100 persons. International calling access is adequate but expensive. Landline and mobile service is available to all countries from Phnom Penh and major provincial cities. Although telecommunications services were initially limited to the government, these advances in communications helped break down the country's isolation, both internally and internationally.

TV Kampuchea began colour transmission in 1986. In 2004, there were seven television stations, all of which were controlled by the government. In 2003, there were 2 AM and 17 FM radio stations. Foreign radio broadcasts are received from neighbouring countries. In 2003, there were an estimated 113 radios and 8 television sets for every 1,000 people. The same year, there were 2.3 personal computers for every 1,000 people and 2 of every 1,000 people had access to the internet. In 2009, there were 78,500 internet users.

Overview

Telephones - main lines in use : 530,000 (2011)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 10 million (2011)
Telephone system

: general assessment: adequate fixed-line and/or cellular service in Phnom Penh and other provincial cities; mobile-cellular phone systems are widely used in urban areas to bypass deficiencies in the fixed-line network; mobile-phone coverage is rapidly expanding in rural areas
domestic: fixed-line connections stand at about 3 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular usage, aided by competition among service providers, is increasing rapidly and stands at about 65 per 100 persons
international: country code - 855; adequate but expensive landline and cellular service available to all countries from Phnom Penh and major provincial cities; satellite earth station - 1 Intersputnik (Indian Ocean region) (2011)
Broadcast media

: mixture of state-owned, joint public-private, and privately-owned broadcast media; 9 TV broadcast stations with most operating on multiple channels, including 1 state-operated station broadcasting from multiple locations, 6 stations either jointly operated or privately-owned with some broadcasting from several locations, and 2 TV relay stations - one relaying a French TV station and the other relaying a Vietnamese TV station; multi-channel cable and satellite systems are available; roughly 50 radio broadcast stations - 1 state-owned broadcaster with multiple stations and a large mixture of public and private broadcasters; several international broadcasters are available (2009)
Internet country code : .kh
Internet hosts : 13,784 (2012)
Internet users : 78,500 (2009)
 

 
 

 



 


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