Minimum charges will be strictly applied to mobile phone calls as from today (5 December 2013), the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) has confirmed. As reported by the Phnom Penh Post, operators were given seven days from 28 November to remove advertisements offering promotions in breach of the law on minimum call charges and to adjust promotional tariffs according to minimum thresholds, although the report added that the TRC declined to reveal if new levels had been set or if the existing legal limits had been re-enforced. In December 2009 minimum on-net and off-net tariffs for mobile operators were introduced under legislation with a view to ending price wars. However, various promotions have flouted the rules, and in March this year Beeline and Smart were issued warnings by the authorities stating that their advertised promotions violated the directives, although the following month the restrictions were temporarily loosened whilst the government, regulator and operators entered into discussions to hammer out new tariff guidelines, resulting in this week’s ruling from the TRC.
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