Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged the country's Ministry of Communication to ban the use of 'certain mobile phones', allegedly after his wife and some of her friends received pornographic material over their mobile phones. Two reasons were cited - firstly, to preserve the morality of Cambodians and secondly because its too technologically advanced for them. It is unknown whether this suggestion will turn to law, but it is highly likely as his legislation are often unchallenged. Currently, out of Cambodia's population of 13 million, it is estimated that around 10% have mobile access. CamGSM, one of the larger mobile phone operators in Cambodia is already operating a 3G network.
Industry observers have question if it was necessary to implement such drastic measure, or whether the same effect could have been achieved by allowing mobile users to practice individual discretion or to use networking technology to filter pornographic material on their networks. Other countries have also tried to regulate material made available through this and other new media services. For example. Singapore that's known for its strict censorship laws has implemented "a light-touch regulatory framework" through its Class License scheme that specifies minimum standards for content delivered over the Internet and other new media services such as 3G.