Yangon threatens unregistered fibre optic firms with legal action

The Yangon government will take action against unregistered telecommunications companies providing services such as installation of fibre optic cables for commercial and residential customers, a regional minister said.

Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region minister for Electricity, Industry, and Roads and Communications, told the regional parliament on Wednesday that next month, her office will join up with right-of-way owners, the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to deal with the problem.

She said the team will inspect telecoms towers that are weighed down with cables, clearing up tangled communication lines and clearing old towers that are no longer used.

Moreover, branch offices of the Directorate of Communications will be opened to handle problems related to towers and fibre optic cables.

“As communication fibre optic issues are nationwide in scale, a meeting was held in Nay Pyi Taw at the Ministry of Transport and Communications on May 9, which decided that branch offices of the directorate will be opened throughout the country, and will work directly with regions and state governments to resolve these issues,” said Daw Nilar Kyaw.

She said that only 10 communication companies had registered with the regional development committee and had permits as of April.

“Last December, the YCDC notified fibre optic business owners via newspapers and TV to register with YCDC in compliance with regional government instructions. Thirty-seven companies came to inquire, and the YCDC met with 21,” she said.

“Only 10 fibre optic companies had submitted applications by the end of April 2018. Work is being carried out with the 10 companies in the communication business,” said Daw Nilar Kyaw.

The YCDC in December warned that said some companies that received service licenses are carrying out fibre optic cable projects without permission, and if they don’t get permission by the deadline, their equipment will be uninstalled and they will face legal action.

“Since the directorate has given out licenses, those who receive it have to get permission from regional or state governments, and right-of-way owners in the area where their business will be carried out. But only three companies have made official agreements and received permission. In December 2017, only two companies had registered and received permission from the YCDC,” said Daw Nilar Kyaw.

Out of 146 companies, including four communication operators, to which licenses had been given as of March, 106 firms are permitted to erect telecommunications towers and offer fibre optic network services.

The Yangon government has intensified efforts to streamline developments in the region in order to make it more people and environment friendly.

A newly created government-owned company signed a deal with a Chinese firm to develop and implement a new city in Yangon.

Source: Myanmar Times

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