Myanmar Orders Nationwide Shutdown Of Data Network

The Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications has directed all mobile operators to temporarily shut down the data network in Myanmar. Voice and SMS services remain open, Telenor said in a statement.

The Myanmar authorities cites legal basis in the country's Telecommunication Law, and references circulation of fake news, stability of the nation and interest of the public as basis for the order.

Myanmar went into its second nationwide internet shutdown in a week's time on Saturday after the military seized power and arrested the Southeast Asian country's civilian leaders.

Telenor Myanmar said that, as a local company, it is bound by local law and needs to handle this irregular and difficult situation.

Telenor Group views the development with deep concern. The company has emphasized to the authorities that access to telecom services should be maintained at all times, especially during times of conflict, to ensure people's basic right to freedom of expression and access to information.

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