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Asean-wide mobile roaming charges to be cut by half


October 6, 2008

Asean-wide mobile roaming charges to be cut by half

Roaming charges for mobile phone users in the Asean region could be reduced possibly by even half as early as January as the present rates are exceptionally high for users in most of the developing economies, reported Indonesian daily the Jakarta Post.

Malaysian Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said this was necessary as the present roaming charges are a stumbling block for people from the Asean region to communicate more often.

“We plan to reduce the roaming charges with Singapore first. In fact, I told the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) two weeks ago to proceed with this,” he said, as quoted by Tempointeraktif.

Shaziman said his Asean counterparts had also agreed to this during the 8th Asean Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers meeting held in Bali, Indonesia, in August.

Also present at the meeting were representatives from China, Japan, South Korea and India.

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