KDDI to launch Myanmar branch

Dylan Bushell-Embling
13 Dec 2012
Daily News

Japan's KDDI has become the latest international operator to announce its entry into the recently-opened Myanmar market.

The company has revealed it will from January start providing business communications services to international companies operating in the nation.

“For businesses launching their own facilities in Myanmar, KDDI Myanmar will offer Japanese-quality network construction and ICT infrastructure support services, provided by Japanese citizens or proficient Japanese speakers,” KDDI announced.

Services on offer will include system integration, provision of IT helpdesks, network construction support and ICT-related consulting.

Starting in March, services will be offered through the KDDI Myanmar Business Center in capital Yangon. KDDI Myanmar has been set up with initial capital of $1.25 million.

KDDI will be in competition in the market with with Japanese rival NTT Com, which set up its Myanmar office in October. NTT Com will be offering ICT services to multinationals in collaboration with local carriers.

Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary Hutchison Global Communications was granted an international voice and data services operating license in Myanmar that same month.

It has been a busy quarter of international expansion for Japanese operators, with Softbank also arranging a $20.1 billion deal to acquire 70% of US-based Sprint Nextel, and NTT DoCoMo setting up a subsidiary in Singapore.

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