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Myanmar operator rolls out 4G/LTE service

YANGON – Myanmar’s state-owned telecommunications operator MPT, collaborating with Japan’s KDDI Corp and Sumitomo Corp, announced Monday the launch of ultrafast 4G/LTE mobile data service. The operator, in a statement, said its “LTE+” service will be initially available in the country’s capital Naypyitaw, its largest city Yangon and its second largest city Mandalay, expanding to […]

Myanmar telecom competition heats up with 4G push

MYANMAR’S three telecommunications operators, buoyed by the burgeoning ranks of smartphone users, have intensified their efforts to provide 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services with the sales hook of faster data connections. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the nation’s leading telecommunications operator, on Monday launched Myanmar’s fastest data service, dubbed LTE+, with the 1.8GHz spectrum that was recently […]

Telenor to Launch 4G/LTE Services in Yangon After Securing 1800MHz Spectrum

Telenor’s CEO has said Myanmar’s 4G/Long- T erm Evolution (LTE) services will be ‘among’ the best in the region, after the telco announced it will begin the rollout of its 4G/LTE services in Yangon “soon”. The Norway-backed telco announced in May that it was allocated 2 x 10 megahertz blocks of neutral spectrum in the […]

Telenor Myanmar snaps up 1800MHz spectrum

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Myanmar has confirmed that it has purchased a twelve-year licence for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band. The frequencies were priced at USD80 million with Telenor paying USD32 million up front, with the remainder to follow between the second and fourth year of the licence term. The cellco acquired […]

Viettel entering mature Myanmar mobile market

Myanmar’s telecoms sector became one of the fastest growing in the world since it was opened up to foreign competition in late 2013, when Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won mobile licences to compete alongside state-owned incumbent MPT. The country had roughly 51 million mobile connections at the end of last year, up from around […]

Four firms win high frequency internet services

In order to provide nationwide high-speed internet service, and also to allow the Union to earn more tax revenue, tender bids were invited by the Ministry of Transport and Communication. To ensure fair bidding, a Simultaneous Multi-Rounds Auction (SMRA) was exercised. The auctions were held 32 times on October 17, 18 and 19 at the […]

Telenor tests 4G across five cities

Telenor Myanmar has tested fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Myawady and Muse, a company spokesperson has told The Myanmar Times. The tests come as the Norwegian mobile operator looks to migrate to 4G, a move that rival telco Ooredoo has already started. The Qatari firm’s website says its fourth-generation rollout […]

New spectrum auction ‘rushed’: Telenor, Ooredoo

Myanmar telecoms companies have been waiting for more spectrum – but an announcement about an upcoming auction has raised concerns, as there is no finalised plan for how it will be managed. The government released a draft version of its Spectrum Roadmap early this month, at nearly the same time it posted information about a […]