Draft telecoms law awaiting approval

22 Jul 2009

Cambodia’s long-awaited draft Telecoms Law is awaiting approval by the Council of Ministers, writes local newspaper Phnom Penh Post, citing spokesman Phay Siphan. If given the go-ahead, the legislation will be passed to the National Assembly. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the draft telecoms law has been in development since 2000, with assistance from the ITU and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The law proposes to separate the regulatory and policy making functions of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPTC) by establishing a standalone regulator which will assume the traditional roles of licensing, spectrum management, interconnection regulation, universal access and numbering. If passed into law, the legislation will cover telecoms management and the building of infrastructure, as well as the rights and obligations of consumers, companies and authorities. Among the law’s provisions is an article requiring operators to cooperate and share infrastructure.