Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication has prohibited private telecommunications companies from cooperating with online gambling operators.
The Southeast Asian republican government outlawed the practice despite hearing a proposal in February for legalising land-based casinos from the Ministry of Tourism.
The Myanmar Department of Post and Telecommunications has warned telecom firms that “if they break the rules, they will be shut down,” anticipating a surge in online wagering during the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
The Myanmar government currently forbids all forms of online gambling, except that conducted through its own state-controlled Aungbarlay Lottery.
However, the authority has been considering amending its 1986 Gambling Act to legalise land-based operations since ministers proposed hotel-based casinos to vice president U Henry Van Thio in December 2017.
The government would see a marked increase in tax revenue from the established illegal betting market, with Minister Aung Hlaing Win noting “casinos could be a major source of income.”