Plans in motion to make Wi-Fi available nationwide

The Myanmar Telecommunications Enterprise is working to make wireless Internet available to the whole country.

Ye Naing Moe, chief engineer of the Information Technology Department, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, said that the Enterprise will enlist the help of technology companies from around the world in providing a nationwide Wi-Fi connection.

Ye Naing Moe further stated that this project will prioritize densely populated cities before it shifts its focus to more rural areas.

“This project will take time as well as some heavy investments,” he said.

Shein Thu Aung, chairman of RedLink, Myanmar’s current Internet provider, noted, “Because it is projected that 70% to 80% of Myanmar’s population will use mobile Internet connections [which require Wi-Fi] in the future, the goal of this project is a good one.”

Myanmar is currently supplied with Internet through fiber-optic lines, ADSL connections, dial-up connections, E1 signals, and mobile and satellite links.

The current Internet subscriber base in Myanmar is about 1.3 million, of which approximately 1.1 million use a mobile Internet connection.

Source: Mizzima News Myanmar

See Tender Info on this project at Invitation to foreign and local companies to express interest (EOI) in providing Broadband Wi-Fi service in Myanmar. Dateline: 30th November 2013.

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