Myanmar will raise up to US$121 million in five years through Universal Service Fund (USF) to implement its Universal Service Strategy. The Post and Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has invited public consultation for this initiative.
The USF will be raised from 2 per cent levy of the service providers’ annual revenues. It will be disbursed through a clearly defined targeted subsidy scheme. Open access and technology neutrality has been mandated for the facilities to be built with USF. While referring to people’s awareness and ability to use digital services, the policy document refers to LIRNEasia/MIDO ICT household surveys in Myanmar during 2015 and 2016.
The Draft Universal Service Strategy for Myanmar (2018 to 2022) can be downloaded from here.