Communications in Cambodia

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Communications in Cambodia, specifically the postal, telegraph and telegram services under the Ministry of Communications, 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 (built on the grounds of Phnom Penh's old Roman Catholic cathedral) restored the telephone and telex links among Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and other countries for the first time since 1975.

Although telecommunications services were initially limited to the government, these advances in communications helped break down the country's isolation, both internally and internationally.

Today, with the availability of mobile phones, communications are open to all, though the country's Prime Minister Hun Sen decreed that 3G mobile phones would be not be allowed to support video calling and did not ban them completely as previously reported on this page.

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Telephones

The government state communications corporation is Telecom Cambodia, founded in 2006 as an expansion of the telecom 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.

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