Showing posts with label Mobile. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mobile. Show all posts
According to a 2015 research study by the Open Institute and the Asia Foundation collected in September 2015 shows that Cambodia’s phone market is already saturated, with over 94% of Cambodians claiming to own their own phone, and more than 99% being reachable through some sort of phone. The proportion of citizens using more than one phone was only 13.1% while one Cambodian in four uses more than one operator. These numbers are similar to those reported in previous years.

The results show that 63.3% of Cambodians own phones with Khmer script capability. The use of such phones is more common among men (67.6%) than women (49%) and more common in urban areas (67%) than rural (61.7%).

Some 39.5% of users were found to have at least one smartphone. The ability of phones to display Khmer is more common in smartphones (78%) than in dumb phones (56.3%). The capability of smartphones users’ ability to display Khmer improved with the education level of their owner.

It was found that almost a third of Cambodians have access to the Internet and Facebook and that most of the people in this group have their own Facebook accounts. Smartphones are by far the most common means of accessing Facebook; only 3% of users access the social media site solely through computers while 80% access it exclusively through phones.

Internet/Facebook use has risen to become in 2015 the second most important channel for Cambodians to access information—trailing the only TV (30% vs 24%)—having surpassed radio (20%) and continuing to gain market share yearly.

To increase the rate of adoption, the development of better text-prediction and input methods for Khmer script in phones is recommended.

Mobile Phones and Internet in Cambodia 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Photo: Smart Mobile
While getting into a crowded telecom market in Cambodia, Smart Axiata Company Limited or so-called Smart Mobile recently became a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata) after it entered into a strategic merger with Hello Axiata Company Limited in 2012. It operates 2G, 2.5G, 3G, 3.75G mobile services, supporting the very latest in multimedia and mobile internet services as well as international roaming across more than 147 countries and its extensive nationwide network coverage is available in all 24 provinces in Cambodia, according to its company information. The technology is moving, so Smart cannot stop to offer the competitive promotions to the customers by various services - now it is starting to operate the first 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology in this Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia.

Does Smart Mobile operate its 4G LTE nationwide?
No, currently it can offer only 6 locations in Phnom Penh city such as:
1. Smart Store Beung Trabek
2. Naga World Hotel and Casino
3. Sovanna Shopping Center
4. Ratana Plaza Shopping Mall
5. De Castle Toul Kork
6. Phnom Penh International Airport

This is a step-by-step improvement and also cost much money to expand the coverage. I think sooner it will be available nationwide.
You can find Smart 4G Zones on my map using Google Maps Engine:

What's different  between 3G and 4G?
Turning a bit to find out the difference between both technologies as the following:



Data Throughput Up to 3.1Mbps with an average speed range between 0.5 to 1.5 Mbps Practically speaking, 2 to 12 Mbps (Telstra in Australia claims up to 40 Mbps) but potential estimated at a range of 100 to 300 Mbps.
Peak Upload Rate 5 Mbps 500 Mbps
Peak Download Rate 100 Mbps 1 Gbps
Switching Technique packet switching packet switching, message switching
Network Architecture Wide Area Cell Based Integration of wireless LAN and Wide area.
Services And Applications CDMA 2000, UMTS, EDGE etc Wimax2 and LTE-Advance
Forward error correction (FEC) 3G uses Turbo codes for error correction. Concatenated codes are used for error corrections in 4G.
Frequency Band 1.8 – 2.5 GHz 2 – 8 GHz
Chart Credit:

Try a watch through below video by iClassified for testing Internet speed on iPhone 5 using SpeedTest apps:

Which company is Smart's competitor in the technology, 4G?
Personally, I think there is only one company that presently got into Cambodia telecom market is Chinese mobile operator called Xinwei (Cambodia) Telecom Co. Ltd. with CooTel-branded. CooTel it has some strong points such as being the first mobile operator in network marketing, and various services (CooCall, CooHome, CooVoice, CooSurf, SimLess, CamTalk, CooMarts, CooBill), and especially the future expanding its network coverage signal to reach 90 percent of the Cambodian population.

So, you may know which one is the first operator that makes itself the 1st 4G telecom network ever built in Cambodia - it is CooTel (prefix number, 038)!. But there are two main points that they both differentiate are:
1. Smart offers 4G LTE (revolution of GSM technology), or be easy to think, it uses SIM card; when we need just buy SIM only.
2. CooTel offers SCDMA technology or it uses SIM-cardless (No SIM card) - similar to ExeCell-018 operates; when we need we have to buy its phone.
In short, CooTel selling both services and its own phones and if it becomes popular among Cambodian users so the market of CDMA phones will boom, am I right?.

After all above, I have some questions for you as a checklist before you decide to catch up with today-technology:
1. What is your decision to choose the technology for your daily Internet usage (3.75G, 4G or CDMA)?
2. How much are you able to spend on those (supported smart devices: mobile, tablet, modem)
3. Does it really fit to your needs (for study, research, fun, work etc.)?
4. Do all mobile operators in Cambodia offer you with good services as you expected?

Let's wait and try the new technology together!

Smart Mobile - the First to Operate 4G LTE in Cambodia

HTC First | Source: HTC
While Nokia has cooperated with Microsoft for Windows Mobile OS in Lumia smartphone series (Lumia 920, 820 ...), HTC Corporation, a Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tables, also has cooperates with Microsoft for some devices but this month it has teamed up with AT&T and become the first partner with Facebook to develop and launch the HTC First, the first and only smartphone built to feature Facebook Home, which puts your friends at the heart of your phone, running on AT&T 4G LTE, the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network in U.S - according to HTC's press release.

What are the HTC First's key features?
The three key features describe as the following:
 - Social Network Device: Make updates, posts, comments, and more with a single touch.
- Personal Screen: Images of your friends from your news feed streams to your phone for a home screen that never looks the same.
World-Class Display: 4.3-inch super LCD screen with incredible clarity. 341 pixels per inch with a stunning 1280 x 720p resolution.

Watch out, what Mark Zuckerburg introduces his Facebook Home on HTC First!

video source: CNETTV

So, will it be the first social network device for social media lovers?

HTC First is a Social Network Device?

Lumia 920 | Source: Nokia
Since last year news on Nokia Lumia series in Cambodia and the news of Nokia HQ sold out its office, there is any news on the official selling Lumia series in Cambodia. Today I am writing to inform you that I got an official news on launching the series from Mr. Son Sophea who is a promotional team, Nokia project in Cambodia, yesterday that Nokia Lumia series will be officially launched on 9th April 2013 from 4:00pm to 9:30pm in Koh Pich Exhibition Center.

Who will attend?
He said that participants will be all Nokia dealers who come from 24 provinces in our country, the Nokia promotional team, and KTH Cambodia (which the official Nokia distributor in Cambodia). We will invite some Cambodia popular singers such as Mr. Preab Sovath, Miss. Tep Boprek, Mr. Chhai Virayuth, and so on for entertainment during the event.

What kind of Lumia model to show?
Yeah, we will show all Nokia Lumia series like Lumia 920 (colors: Yellow, Red, White, Grey, Black), Lumia 820 (colors: Red,Yellow, White, Cyan, Purple, Grey,Black), Lumia 720 (colors: Red, White, Cyan, Yellow, Black) , Lumia 620 (colors: Black, Cyan, Lime green, Magenta, Orange, Yellow, White), and  Lumia 520 (colors: Red, White, Cyan, Yellow, Black) with the above colors  to choose.

Will there be any lucky draw for participants?
Oh! We have arranged the lucky draw items for them too, there are two motorbike of Honda Dream 2013, and other several units of Lumia 920. So, the participants will enjoy much on this upcoming event.

Finally, I asked him a last question on the date when these models will be available on Cambodian market, he said customers may buy it during our upcoming Khmer New Year 2013.

So, for those who love and believe on Nokia brand especially on Windows Mobile Phone, only few days more to go then you can buy it in our market, Cambodia.

Which model and color do you like?
All my beloved readers, do you like which model and what color? I think you may wanna try it especially on its cool feature, Wireless battery charge.  

What do you think?

Nokia Lumia series officially to launch on 9th April in Cambodia

Since I watched a nice time-lapse video of Phnom Penh City by Mr. Andy Block, today while going to find a street-shoe-fixed man to get my Lion brand shoes fixed  in front of Olympic Stadium and City Mall shopping center then I parked my beloved motorcycle around 6:30pm, and waited him to do for. At the time, I really want to make a test video using my downloaded app for iPhone 4 named Timelapse Pro so I started to create a project as required by app then shoot 59 photos. I  have tried 4 or 5 time by copying the same items to test in different time frame and effect on it when I reached home.

Finally I can do it as I want but my feeling still not fully like it yet. After completed, I uploaded to my Youtube channel; it's only a short video in duration 13 seconds. Kindly watch it below:
In the short Timelapse video:+ Date/Time/Location: 28/02/2013 @6:30pm, in front of Olympic Stadium & City Mall Shopping Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. +Video:- Type: HD, Frame: 4fps, Image: 59, Duration: 13s, Size: 2.16MB, Music: Kalimba - Uploaded by: TouTube Capture
**The first is not the best but if without the first, there's no the BEST too!

I am waiting for all kind of comments on this video. Thanks for your sending valuable time reading my blog!

My first Timelapse video by Mobile

Few year ago, Smart Mobile had merged with StarCell (prefix. 098) by using Smart Mobile's brand, and now omitted StarCell. Today I got news from my nephew late evening that Hello and Smart Mobile will be merged together, so I take my mobile to surf on press release of official website of Hello Axiata Company Limited ("Hello") announced the strategic merger of Hello and Latelz Company Limited ("Latelz"), which operates under the Smart Mobile brand name. And the merger will create the 2nd largest mobile telecommunications company in Cambodia with 5 million subscribers; for this point I used to hear directly from Smart Mobile's HR manager through attending his training with Aplus School at CJCC this year that his company now stands in number 2 (Mobitel "Cellcard" is number 1) of all 9 mobile operators in Cambodia.
Hello Axiata Chief Executive Officer Simon Perkins said:
"The time was right for consolidation in the mobile telecommunications market in Cambodia. Currently there are nine players in the market and we believe through consolidations it will come down to three to five operators. The time is right for us to consolidate and we at Smart Mobile and Hello are proud to be leading the way in Cambodia. And the merger would make it possible for the combined entity to enjoy better economies of scale, while eliminating duplication of costs. It will also facilitate synergies and the sharing of best practices between Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile.

We are confident that the merger will put us on a stronger footing and it will allow us to grow from strength to strength,"
As for Latelz’s CEO Thomas Hundt said:
"The combined entity would be able to offer more innovative and affordable mobile voice and mobile data products and services to its five million customers. Smart Mobile brings to this deal an efficient operation, a highly competent work force, a strong brand presence and a sizeable asset base and spectrum. Hello, on the other hand, has to offer a loyal customer base and the strength and scale of the Axiata Group.

We are excited with the prospects this enlarged within-network community can offer our customers. This will include, amongst others, an enhanced level of customer service and one of the biggest mobile networks of Cambodia in terms of coverage and capacity. We will also have one of the most extensive sales and distribution channels in Cambodia. And we expect the merger to be finalised latest by the end of first quarter 2013. Until then, it will be business as usual at both Hello and Smart Mobile without disruptions to the services that our customers currently enjoy."
 From this official press news and Smart Mobile's website, I don't see any points which mention on how many percent of each company deal with. But I found an post from stating that Hello Axiata plans to acquire and merge with Latelz Company in a $155 million deal and will reportedly own 90% of the converged company.

Anyway, If Hello buys Smart Mobile using Smart Mobile brand name so all Hello points will be re-designed to be as Smart Store. And I hope the two merges will offer the users/subscribers in Cambodia with various services (better Internet speed/coverage...) in cheaper prices (local or roaming service), better customer services for them.

Finally, I still like the marketing concept of new creative promotion TV spot of Smart Mobile such as "Smart Xchange"; I can say this spot is new creative one for mobile ads on TVs in Cambodia, it's an updated spot based on today-tech, Cloud Computing. You can watch from this official TV spot in its Youtube:

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