Myanmar, which is one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, lags behind its neighbours in Southeast Asia.
Only few people have access to fixed telephone lines here.
Since the first Internet connections were established in 2000, Internet services in Myanmar still remain slow and unstable. Faults due to construction work causes frequent connection failure and are often not repaired.
However, the situation has now changed as many people here are getting affordable mobile services as Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) joined hands with two foreign firms – Qutar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor – to build up the country’s cellular infrastructure last year.
In 2012, only 2.5 percent of the population had access to mobile, but now the SIM cards are easily available at a reasonable price.
Following liberalisation, Myanmar’s telecommunication service market is widely opening. Over the next year, the government plans to provide a license to the internet fixed-line providers.
Japanese leading telecom company NTT Communications Corporation has been awarded the new telecom license by the Myanmar Government in August 2015. The company now provides landlines to the households and offices across the country.
“We had advanced from Thailand base and establish Yangon branch office in 2012. We have been providing internet and other ICT services in Sakura Tower since 2013,” said Hajime Miyazaki, Senior Director, NTT Communications (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sakura Tower is a 20-storey building in Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar. Sakura Tower has offices of over 100 multinational companies.
“They have demand for reliable, high-speed internet at their offices. We have good reputations from our customers by providing them the stable and trouble-free internet service without congestion. Also, we provide very rapid internet subscription within three days from application,” said Miyazaki.
Ashkan Azadikah Jahromi, ICT Coordinator, ENI Myanmar B.V., said internet is very important because we use it for communication.
“We hold a lot of video conferences, all our mail communication is going through that and we do not have any other back-up links right now so that will add more importance to our internet service provider,” he added.
NTT Communications is also planning to lay state-of-the-art submarine cable to Thailand and will launch largest Data Center in Bangkok.
The Japanese companies in the healthcare sector are also launching innovative products.
A physiotherapy machine for spinal cord was introduced at a recently held exhibition in Tokyo.
“This machine will make you relax by your whole spine. It helps your nerve flow better and recovers depressed function. This is spine therapy,” said a company representative.
The spinal cord care machine is called “CERAGEM MASTER V3”, which is based on oriental medical and chiropractic theory.
Natural emeralds that produce far-infrared are used on the top and bottom of the mat.
Furthermore, computer detects the optimal pressure point by scanning the information of the “spinal cord” such as the size and position for each person to provide optimum relaxation for beauty and health.
The spinal cord care machine already has reputation in overseas market, including the United States and Europe.
“After we produced “CERAGEM MASTER V3″, Now the spinal cord therapy is supported in each Asian countries in China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong,” said a company representative.
The price for one unit starts from 700,000 Japanese yen.
Source: Business Standard