BT has become the first international telecommunications company to receive nationwide licences from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The China nationwide Domestic IP-VPN licence and the China nationwide Internet Service Provider licence will allow BT China Communications to contract directly with its China-based customers and bill them in local currency.
BT said the licences represented a major step for the UK telco, as many of its multinational customers in China require secure and reliable connectivity to expand within the country.
“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,” said BT CEO of Global Services Bas Burger.”
“Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services. It is what our customers expect from us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do this as of today.”
UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the milestone underscored the vital work of his international economic department to open up markets and ensure that UK firms are represented on the global stage.
“I am very pleased that close cooperation between the UK and Chinese governments has resulted in BT securing these licences, which will enable it to operate across the country,” Fox added.