Telecoms given more time

ASEAN+ March 03, 2018 01:00

By THE PHNOM PENH POST
ASIA NEWS NETWORK

THE MINISTRY of Posts and Telecommunications in Cambodia has extended the deadline for telecoms to make mandatory contributions to a pair of funds by a month after a large percentage of the companies did not pay, according to one fund’s manager.



The 2016 Telecom Law and subsequent sub-decrees set up the two funds – Capacity Building, Research and Development Fund (CBRD) and Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) – which have the broad purpose of promoting the development of infrastructure and services in rural areas, where companies might not otherwise invest, as well as promoting research and fostering new talent in the industry.

Telecom companies are forced to pay a percentage of their annual revenue into the funds each year.

Tol Gnak, who oversees the USOF, said yesterday that the original deadline of February 28 was postponed until the end of March, as many operators were negotiating with the ministry to fulfill their obligation in installments due to cash flow issues.

 

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