Local data centre operator Myint and Associates Telecommunications (MAT) has signed an agreement to allow ICT solutions company NTT Communications to resell space from its Yangon data centre to local and international clients.
NTT Communications will purchase what is known as server collocation space from MAT's own data centre and then resell it on to clients including banks, the stock exchange, the government and global corporations, Thein Soe Htaik, General Manager of MAT told Myanmar Business Today.
“NTT will sell the collocation space at the client level while MAT will take care of facility support and operation,” he said.
NTT aims to sell the collocation space to foreign companies looking to enter Myanmar who want to store their data locally and securely, said Thein Soe Htaik.
“Myanmar's economy is changing and foreign companies are coming in. Before they would ask 'where can I keep my data?' and they would have to store it in data centres in foreign country's like Thailand and Singapore. Now they can store it locally.”
The Myint and Associates Data Centre, which came online in 2015, was the first facility in Myanmar to meet global data centre authority Uptime Institute's Tier 3 classification, said Thein Soe Htaik.
Tier 3, which sits below the highest ranking Tier 4 classification, means the facility is available for data storage 99.982% of the time, with only 1.6 hours of downtime per year. In a country plagued by blackouts and natural disasters, the recent growth in the number of locally operated data centres with Tier 3 classification and above is proving a boon for local and foreign firms looking to invest in Myanmar.
“This is the message we really need to get out 'if they come to invest, they can now keep their data in Myanmar'”.