Introduction to Viettel Cambodia

Viettel (Cambodia) has established on 01st June, 2006 and have registered capital 5 million USD for invested. Viettel had provided service internet. Metfone is a brand name of Viettel (Cambodia) PTE, Ltd. Metfone has launched its services in October, 2008. It covers network 90% areas in Cambodia includes Urban Areas and Rural Areas. The company has invested $100 million to implement and manage a wide and high quality network with significant operations of about 3000 BTS through all 25 provinces.

Milestones

  • 01/06/2006 Establishment of Viettel Cambodia
  • 15/06/2006 MPTC license for the operation and provision of VoIP service
  • 01/09/2006 VoIP service provision
  • 29/11/2006 Being granted mobile and internet licenses
  • 01/12/2007 Internet service provision
  • 16/11/2008 Providing trial mobile services
  • 19/02/2009 Launching mobile service (Metfone)

Introduction to Metfone

Metfone, a new mobile service networks, that has provided the service mobile phone and the first telecom in Cambodia which provides multi service, Metfone serve all Cambodian people and always stay connect all the time, all the place, Metfone Closer.

Development Strategy

Become a leading operator with “ABC+S” strategy:

  • Advance
  • Big
  • Cheap
  • Speed

When did Metfone appear?

Metfone officially launched its telecom services on 19th February, 2009 in Cambodia nationwide. “Met” in Cambodian language means “friend”. By launching services under this brand name, we desire to build a truly Cambodian company for Cambodian.

Almost rural areas, where 80% Cambodia population stay, were out of the coverage. Therefore, Cambodia was still lagged behind the region with around 29% mobile penetration. Over reliance on mobile development has caused the detriment to fixed lines. For years, the total subscribers of fixed line almost stood at the same figures of 40,000. Internet services, almost dial up, were provided in some main cities only but at the highest rate in the world. Both fixed and Internet penetrations were less than 0.5%.

How about Metfone now?

According to statistics from Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), Metfone had taken over Mobitel to lead the market in 2010. In other words, Metfone has jumped from the eigth to the first position, gaining 46% market share in mobile services.Especially, in early 2010 (afrer only one year from launching), Metfone has dominated Cambodia’s fixed and Internet markets with 90% and 60% market share respectively. During January 2010 to April 2011, Metfone’s subscribers have grown at 300% to reach more than 6 million whereas Metfone’s revenue has been increased by 4.7 times. These figures are significantly impressive, in the context of the economy downturn.

Metfone’s network has been expanded to remote and isolated areas with roughly 5,000 base stations (covering 98% population, 100% islands) and 16,000 km fiber optic cable (FO) (covering 100% districts, 95% Villages). These outstanding figures have contributed to the increase Cambodia infrastructure penetration by 3-7 times (from around 120 BTS/150 km FO/ 1 million people to320 BTS/ 1,100 km FO/1 million). Since Metfone provides services, telecom prices have been driven down 2-4 times, penetration of all kinds of services has been increased by 2-10 times (mobile penetration up from 29% to 80%, broadband Internet Internet from 0,2% to 2% and fixed from 2% to 15%).

Metfone has contributed around USD 40 million in all kinds of taxes and fees to Cambodia’s national budget and 1% to the country’s GDP growth; generated more than 7,000 jobs (including jobs for poor and handicapped people) with average remunerations of USD250 a month. Metfone has also allocated millions USD to support the country governance (by video conference system), the Education and Sports (by free Internet connections in schools, football sponsor) and conducted social programs for Cambodian people (free services to reunite people with their lost relatives, free operations for cleft/lip palate and heart patients, etc…).

Source: Metfone