Sunday, October 5, 2008

ASEAN wants cheaper mobile roaming fees in 2009

Malaysian's minister of Energy, Water and Communications Shaziman Abu Mansor said to Sunday Star newspaper: "We plan to reduce roaming charges with Singapore first," as quoted at Channel News Asia.

He then explained the reason behind the cut: "Reducing the roaming rates will also reduce the burden on the tens of thousands of Malaysians who commute to Singapore daily," he added "We do not want them to be paying exceptionally high roaming charges when their workplace (Singapore) is only a few kilometres (miles) away from their homes in (neighbouring) Johor."

Shaziman said his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had agreed to the plan during a meeting on Indonesia's resort island of Bali last month.

If the plan can be carried out in early 2009, this could means an increasing rate of mobile phone usage in most of Southeast Asia region.

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