Vietnamese operator Viettel Cambodia (Metfone), in partnership with Telecom Cambodia, will launch 5G trials in the Phnom Penh capital. Viettel is currently installing 5G base transceivers and plans to start the trials this month, VNExpress reports, citing Nhong Dinthon, the company’s deputy general director. Viettel Cambodia and Telecom Cambodia plan to share their IT infrastructure, as well as invest in areas such as e-government, e-health, e-education, e-agriculture, smart cities, and the IoT.
Viettel, in partnership with Ericsson, demonstrated the first 5G connection in Vietnam in May this year. Viettel received its trial 5G license in January. The license allows Viettel to launch 5G services in two of Vietnam’s largest cities - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - on a trial basis. Viettel will not be able to collect fees from its 5G users during the trial period. The trial is scheduled for completion on 21 January 2020.
Smart Axiata, Metfone’s competitor on the Cambodian market, completed a 5G live trial on 8 July at the Smart Shop Monivong. During this demo, Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt used a 5G-enabled mobile device from Huawei to demonstrate specific 5G use cases.
Cambodia earlier selected Huawei for its 5G mobile infrastructure rollout. According to telecoms regulator TRC, Cambodia signed on with Huawei but is also open to other 5G suppliers. The deal with Huawei was signed on 28 April in Beijing by Huawei and Cambodia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.