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Singapore disciplines data roaming and broadband

Operators in Singapore will have to allow customers to cap data roaming charges at S$100 (US$78.90) under new consumer protection regulations proposed by IDA. The operators will have to introduce the ability to automatically switch-off roaming once this cap is reached by the first quarter of 2012. It is likely to hit the local operators’ ARPU.

IDA will also require operators to provide consumers with a free premium rate services (PRS) barring service by 2012, which will prevent consumers from accidentally subscribing to these services. Plans are also underway for a distinctive prefix number for operators to migrate PRS to. More stringent penalties await PRS providers who contravene the IDA’s current regulations on PRS, the IDA said in a statement, adding repeat offenders would face license suspensions or cancellations.

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