Cambodian regulator proposes 3% tax to fund rural telecoms rollout

27 Oct 2016

The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) is preparing legislation for the potential introduction of a new tax to fund the deployment of telecoms networks in rural areas of the country. TRC spokesperson Im Vutha told the Khmer Times that the regulator plans to impose a 3% tax on the gross revenue of the country’s telecoms operators in the first half of next year. ‘So far we are preparing the sub-decree to be approved by the government on the process of using the funds – how the funds would be authorised and managed,’ he said, adding that the legislation will not likely to be ready until 2017, and will also require government approval.

According to Mr Vutha, the proposed tax will finance a new Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund, to be managed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Cambodia (MPTC), and will also be spent on research and development.