When urban planning goes wrong, or is just missing, I suppose this is what you get. Not to single out Phnom Penh, as plenty of other cities in developing countries will have similar situations with a maze of cables everywhere. I was amused to see it, but also felt a bit bad for the poor sap that has to eventually go and do some sort of maintenance work on that junction of cables. How much time will that take? I'm just picturing him trying to sort through the cables, getting half-way through it, and then getting distracted for a second, loosing his place, and having to start all over again.
I'm guessing that some of those cables might not be quite legal either, but look at that jumble, who is ever going to track that down? The cables are as cluttered as the rest of the street is. Yet another reason that SE Asia in general is a pretty photographic and fascinating place.
A mess of electrical wires converge above the commotion of Phnom Penh.