Burmese Internet provider promises free Wi-Fi hotspots

Burmese Internet provider promises free Wi-Fi hotspots

Private Internet service provider RedLink says it has plans to provide a number of Wi-Fi “hotspots” in public areas of Rangoon as soon as the law allows private Internet companies to act independently of state-run Yadarnaporn Teleport.

RedLink currently operates in a joint venture with Yadarnaporn.

Myo Myint Nyunt, RedLink’s assistant general manager, says that if and when the law is passed the firm will build more transmission towers to enable Internet users in other cities to use their service.

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He also said that they will offer “hotspots” with free wireless Internet service in public parks and shopping centres in the former capital, as well as Rangoon University, the University of Foreign Languages, the University of Medicine, the railway station and the airport.

In June 2013, the first ever forum on Internet freedom was held in Rangoon. Discussions were generally optimistic about the future of Internet freedom in Burma, although concerns were expressed about maintaining a balance between freedom and national stability.

Myo Myint Nyunt said the company will also provide free Wi-Fi access at venues hosting the SEA Games in December.

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