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Thailand drafts a progressive universal service fund rule for TV operators

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the draft of a new universal service obligation (USO) fund rule, which will charge TV operators a progressive rate based on actual revenue, reports the Bangkok Post. "Secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said the rule would make a big change from the current fixed rate of 2% of operators' annual revenue. Digital terrestrial, satellite and cable TV operators have to inform the NBTC of their revenue every year to calculate the USO fund payment. Under the progressive system, operators will be charged 0.5% on revenue of less than 5 million baht, 0.75% on revenue of 5-50 million, 1% on 50-500 million, 1.75% on 500 million to 1 billion, and 2% for more than 1 billion." The new rule is expected to promote fairness and transparency and benefit digital TV operators whose performance remains poor. NBTC is also setting up a standard registration platform for prepaid mobile services among Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. According to the regulator, registration of SIM cards will help prevent fraud, drug trading, illegal trafficking or using a mobile phone to detonate a bomb. The collaboration is ultimately aimed at creating a single customer data pool among the four countries in the future, said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith. See and

  • Monday, 27 June 2016

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