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Smart eyes 41.5% stake sale for expansion

Malaysian telecom giant Axiata Group will consider divesting a portion of its stake in Cambodian mobile operator Smart Mobile in a bid to free up capital to “pursue opportunities”, including infrastructure expansion and future acquisitions, a company executive said yesterday. ...

Kali Kotoski and Cam McGrath
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/smart-eyes-415-stake-sale-expansion

Mobile users top 20 million, internet usage still rising

The number of mobile subscribers in Cambodia topped 20 million last year, surpassing the country’s population by about 5 million. Internet users also jumped, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The report fails to say how many Cambodians own ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/mobile-users-top-20-million-internet-usage-still-rising-55024/

Smart rolls out 4G network

Mobile internet speeds in Cambodia are ratcheting up a notch. Smart Mobile, the country’s second largest operator by subscribers, is making 4G LTE internet available to customers this week, the company announced yesterday during the launch of the service at NagaWorld Casino. Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart, ...

Eddie Morton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/smart-rolls-out-4g-network

Regulator wants licences

In the latest move to assert control over Cambodia’s saturated telecommunications industry and maintain tighter oversight, the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) last week called for all industry providers to give proof of operations in a bid to snuff out inactive firms and reclaim wasted ...

Eddie Morton and Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/regulator-wants-licences

Telcos to form association

Cambodia’s nine phone service operators plan to establish an independent body to debate issues within the industry, according to a statement yesterday from the Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC). Forming the Association of Telecommunications Operators in Cambodia, or the ATC for short, was agreed upon in ...

Eddie Morton and May Kunmakara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/telcos-form-association

Minimum call charges apply: TRC

Mobile phone call promotions undercutting the government’s minimum pricing regulations are to be outlawed – again. Minimum charges will be applied to mobile phone calls from on Thursday with the return of the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia’s (TRC) rules on call tariffs, the regulator confirmed yesterday. On ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/minimum-call-charges-apply-trc

Smart Mobile Sees 36% Revenue Growth

Malaysian telecommunications company Axiata Group Berhad reported Wednesday that its Cambodian brand Smart has seen strong growth in the first nine months of the year, with revenue increasing by 36 percent compared with the same period last year. In its third quarter financial report, Axiata said ...

George Styllis
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/smart-mobile-sees-36-revenue-growth-48215/

Fixed-line users rise

The number of fixed-line telephone subscribers in Cambodia increased by four per cent in 2012 compared to 2011, standing in sharp contrast to a mobile phone subscriber growth of 22 per cent in the same period, statistics show. According to figures from the Ministry of Posts ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013060466029/Business/fixed-line-users-rise.html

Mobile Firms Agree to Stop Price Dumping

Cambodia’s nine mobile phone operators on Friday agreed to refrain from engaging in unfair competition by offering generous top-up bonuses aimed at increasing their market share, officials said. Mao Chakrya, director of the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), said that all of the country’s operators agreed ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/mobile-firms-agree-to-stop-price-dumping-20689/

Mfone Workers Demand $4.4M Compensation

About 200 former employees of bankrupt mobile phone operator Mfone yesterday protested outside the company’s shuttered offices, asking for the help of Prime Minister Hun Sen in the fight to get more than $4 million in compensation from the company. Mfone declared itself insolvent in ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

More SIM cards sold, providers to shrink

Sales of SIM cards reached 19.7 million last year, a 21 per cent rise from the 16.2 million sold in 2011, data from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPTC) shows. In contrast to the use of SIM cards, the number of telco operators decreased. In ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013031861984/Business/more-sim-cards-sold-providers-to-shrink.html

Mfone Employees Demand Unpaid Salaries

More than 100 former employees of the bankrupt mobile telephone company Mfone protested outside the firm’s shuttered offices in Phnom Penh yesterday, demanding that they receive salaries for working the month of February despite the company having already gone out of business. Mar Samoeun, 64, ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/

As Liquidation of Mfone Begins, Victims and Lawsuits Abound

As insolvency proceedings against bankrupt telecommunications firm Mfone begin, yet another company, Smart Mobile, has filed a court complaint to collect unpaid costs from the mobile operator, and the list of parties to have suffered from the firm’s collapse continue to grow. The Phnom Penh Municipal ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

E-card holders concerned about SIM card exchange

Mfone e-card holders are concerned that the cards can no longer be used after the change from Mfone’s SIM card to Cellcard’s SIM and, along with officials, are unsure of a solution. Wholesalers and retailers have expressed concern that they will lose money when the scratch ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013012961038/Business/e-card-holders-concerned-about-sim-card-exchange.html

iPhone struggles for a place in Cambodian market

It will not be enough for Apple to simply offer a cheaper iPhone for the company to gain share in the competitive Cambodian smartphone market, according to industry insiders. They say Apple’s operating system, iOS, may also restrict their potential growth. Bloomberg last week reported that Apple ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011560781/Business/iphone-struggles-for-a-place-in-cambodian-market.html

Coca-Cola, Smart Mobile again team up for top-ups

Coca-cola and Smart Mobile have teamed up in a joint promotion to give away $1 million worth of prizes, including top-up minutes and 25 Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphones using numbers printed under bottle caps of Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite. The promotion started on November 1 ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012112059834/Business/coca-cola-smart-mobile-again-team-up-for-top-ups.html

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