Key aspects of Cambodia’s new Sub-Decree on National Internet Gateway

On 16 February 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued Sub-Decree No. 23 on the Establishment of National Internet Gateway (“Sub-Decree”). The Sub-Decree aims to facilitate and manage internet connections for the enhancement of effective and efficient national revenue collection, protection of national security, and assurance of social order, culture, and tradition.

Key Takeaways from the Sub-Decree on the National Internet Gateway

Briefly, the Sub-Decree contains 11 chapters and 20 articles. The National Internet Gateway (“NIG”) includes the Domestic Internet Exchange (“DIX”) and the International Internet Gateway (“IIG”). The operator of NIG (“NIG Operator”) shall apply for and obtain a licence from the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (“TRC”). Both DIX and IIG must be operated in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville Province, Poi Pet City, and Bavet City, and other areas to be identified by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (“MPTC”). Any approval/permit on the cross-border physical connection issued prior to 16 February 2021, which is the effective date of the Sub-Decree, shall be abrogated after 12 months from such effective date of the Sub-Decree, except the rights granted under the Licence of the Operation of International Telecommunications Gateway and the Licence of Submarine Cable Landing Station Operation.

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