UK-owned BT Group has been awarded two nationwide operating licences by Chinese telecom regulator the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), claiming to be the first international company to receive such concessions from the watchdog. A press release from the British group notes that it has been handed two value-added licences – a domestic IP-VPN concession and a domestic ISP licence – that will allow its local division BT China Communications to deal directly with customers in China and bill them in Chinese yuan.
CEO of BT Global Services Bas Burger commented on the development: ‘We are delighted with this major benefit for our customers. Thanks to cooperation between the governments of the PRC and the UK, we are now able to offer a nationwide service in China that can be scaled up to match the ambitions and needs of our customers. Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services.’