NTT Com, NEC, Sumitomo wrap up in Myanmar

Dylan Bushell-Embling
05 Dec 2013
00:00

Japan's NTT Com, NEC and Sumitomo have completed construction work in their joint project to deploy communications infrastructure in Myanmar.

As part of the contract, the three companies have deployed a 30Gbps core optical network between three major Myanmar cities, 50 LTE base stations, a virtualized EPC and more backbone infrastructure.

The companies said the new infrastructure will support simultaneous use by 40,000 LTE subscribers, 1.5 million fixed telephone customers and 1 million internet users.

The trio were awarded the contract by a Myanmar ministry in May, and formally handed over the network infrastructure to the government yesterday.

NEC, NTT Com and Sumitomo will provide operational support for the infrastructure until mid-January 2014, when the contract concludes.

The project made use on the 1.71 billion yen ($16.7 million) in development assistance granted to Myanmar by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

News of the completed construction came days after Jamaica-based Digicel revealed it has signed an agreement with Ooredoo - one of the two recent winners of Myanmar telecom licenses - to deploy and lease telecom towers to assist with Ooredoo's national rollout.

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