4G LTE coming to Myanmar

4G LTE is coming to Myanmar for the SEA Games. 

Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has announced they will install 4G network services in Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyitaw and Ngwe Saung beach ahead of SEA Games 2013.

The service would be available during the SEA Games and within the venues according to Kyaw Soe Win, General Manager of Myanmar Post and Telecommunications.

Japan has donated aid and will provide assistance to Myanmar to make the internet service available after the SEA Games, however Myanmar Telecoms does not have commercial license for 4G (LTE) network service.

The network will be installed with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Kyaw Soe Win told Mizzima (News from Myanmar) that they have invited interested bidders to supply telecom equipment and machinery for the service. JICA offered to provide Myanmar 4G internet service, during discussions between the Japanese and Myanmar government on the project.

Subsequently, the Myanmar Post and Telecommunications and JICA, have jointly invited tenders from interested bidder to supply the telecom equipment. The successful bidder will be announced officially and will be selected to install the network system in Myanmar.

According to Myanmar Telecom, construction of radio stations for 4G network has been started and they will be operational on trial basis soon.

Khin Maung Tun, Chief Engineer of Mobile Phone Section at Myanmar Post and Telecommunications said, “We are now constructing buildings and installing electrical supply to these stations. It will be followed by installation of telecommunication equipment, after which we will have a test run.”

There will be 17 stations in Yangon, one in Ngwe Saung beach, 28 in Naypyitaw and four in Mandalay.

Author: Allan Rasmussen
Managing director at Yozzo. Allan is a MVNA/MVNE/MVNO specialist with hands-on experience from more than 60 projects in both competitive and greenfield markets. His expertise includes business case development, execution, launch and growth strategies. Advisor and consultant to mobile network operators, MVNA, MVNE, MVNO, National Regulatory Authorities, Government Agencies, Broadcast Companies, TMT Industry Associations, Innovation and Investment Banks.

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