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Thailand's Largest Mobile Networks Have Limits Imposed on Cost of Voice Calls

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Thailand's telecoms regulator has imposed a cap on the cost of voice calls which will see then limited to a rate of THB0.99 per minute for any mobile network with a market share in excess of 25 percent.

The cap came into effect at the start of the year, after a couple of years of delays. It was originally proposed back at the end of 2010 to come into effect in the middle of last year. However the regulator agreed to permit higher rates to be applied to existing contracts.

The cap on all contracts has now come into effect.

NBTC commissioner Pravit Leesatapornwongsa commented that "Starting from Jan 1, all mobile phone service providers cannot charge customers more than 99 satang/minute. Operators can still offer promotion packages, but when it is calculated per minute, it must not exceed the capped rate,''

The regulator is also currently investigating reports that some promotions by the two affected networks, AIS and DTAC are violating the new regulation.

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