TRC Unable to Break Qb, Smart Deadlock

Executives from mobile operators qb and Smart on Monday met with officials from the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) in an effort to solve the firms’ ongoing dispute, but no agreement was reached, according to sources with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Qb CEO Alan Sinfield and Smart CEO Thomas Hundt met with Auk Dorany, second member of the TRC, as well as other officials for more than an hour at TRC’s offices.

Qb, one of the country’s smallest mobile operators, has accused Smart, the country’s second-largest in terms of subscribers, of damaging its reputation and financial interests after the two firms terminated a long-standing agreement that allowed qb customers to roam on Smart’s network.

Before the termination agreement was carried out, qb began receiving calls from customers complaining that Smart was contacting them to switch to Smart’s network.

Both Mr. Sinfield and Mr. Hundt declined to comment after the meeting.

Qb is threatening to take Smart to court over the allegations, but TRC officials have said they want to resolve the matter outside court.

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