Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp’s (NTT Corp’s) ICT solutions and international communications business NTT Communications has been awarded a Network Service licence by Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MCIT). The move has allowed NTT Com to launch a high speed broadband internet service for enterprises throughout the Yangon area, under the branding Digi-Path Premier. The Japan-based service provider’s Digi-Path Premier offering delivers dedicated circuits from 1Mbps to connect enterprises with NTT Com’s global internet network. Optional services include global IP address, web hosting, mail hosting, rental routers, managed firewalls, internet VPN and file transfers, as Myanmar takes another tentative step towards a digital transformation.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as part of reforms to the sector, the MCIT introduced a new licensing framework in December 2013, featuring four classifications of licence: Network Facilities Service (Individual), Network Facilities Service (Class), Network Service, and Application Service. Both Network Facilities (Individual and Class) permissions allow the licensee to construct, maintain and operate networks and lease access to the systems, although only the former permits offering services directly to end users. Network Service licence holders, meanwhile, are permitted to lease access from a Network Facilities licensee to provide services to end users or other licensees, as are Application Service concession holders, with the exception that the latter may not offer international services, nor services that require numbering resources. Neither the Network Service nor Application Service licences permit the holder to construct infrastructure, although the former may install switches, routers and processing equipment.