Telecommunications in Cambodia and the Rural/Urban Divide
Although fixed-line infrastructure is adequate, the overwhelming majority of the country's more than half a million landlines are in Phnom Penh and other urban centers. The historically underserved rural areas, however, have seen a major influx of a communication technology that is evident in every area of the country — there are more than 19 million mobile phones in Cambodia. With a population of about 15.14 million people, that's more than one cell phone for every person. This incredible growth has been fueled by recent competition among cellular providers. Internet access is reliable and widespread in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, with wifi access in most hotels and other tourist hotspots, as well as a litany of Internet cafes. In the rural provinces, however, the Internet is spotty and unreliable. That makes Cambodia a nation whose population is almost wholly dependant on their access to mobile phones for communication to businesses in the world outside of Southeast Asia.