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Tower firm’s licence axed

A mobile phone tower in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district partially eclipses the sun in the late evening. Photo by: Heng Chivoan
All equipment owned by mobile phone tower builder Infra Cellular
(Cambodia) Company must be torn down on Kingdom sites in the next week,
after the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications cancelled its
licence to operate.
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications So Khun
said today the firm had held a licence to build communication towers,
capable of being shared between mobile companies, for more than two
years, but the firm “did not come to work”.
“Infra Cellular did
not do anything wrong, but it did not come to work to develop and take
its position,” he said, adding that the lack of action had led the
ministry to revoke its permit.
A prakas, or edict, circulated on
Wednesday and dated January 26, declared that the company “has to pull
down all their materials and related equipment at each location inside
Cambodia within 15 days”.
It added that all relevant government institutions should comply with the edict from the date of signature.
The firm was first licenced to build and share towers in the Kingdom in February 2007, according to the prakas.
Infra Cellular (Cambodia) Company representatives could not be found to discuss the situation today.
The
cancellation of Infra Cellular’s permit is thought to leave the
US-majority owned Tower Master Cambodia Company (TMCC) as the only such
firm operating domestically.
TMCC’s permit allows it to build communications towers and rent space to service providers in Cambodia.
Once
it has built a tower in an area, no other company may build within 15
kilometres of the tower, which would help avoid “unsightly tower
farms”, TMCC’s executive vice president Anthony Ortolani previously
told The Post.
Minister So Khun has also previously voiced support for the tower sharing initiatives.
Last month, he said that Cambodia had over 60 percent mobile penetration. ADDTIONAL REPORTING BY MAY KUNMAKARA
Phnom Penh Post
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