Ooredoo Myanmar launches 4G services

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Ooredoo Myanmar has become the nation's first operator to launch 4G services as part of a staged rollout.

The operator has introduced 4G in parts of Yangon, NayPyiTaw and Mandalay, according to an FAQ on the company's website.

The Myanmar Times reported that the company plans to cover half of Yangon's townships, around 90% of NayPyiTaw's townhips and all of Mandalay with the service.

Over the next couple of months, Ooredoo Myanmar plans to upgrade around a quarter of its more than 3800 cell sites to 4G.

But further rollouts will require more spectrum and cell sites, according to CEO Rene Maza. Ooredoo Myanmar plans to continue to expand its 4G network as it acquires these assets.

Myanmar's new Ministry of Transport and Communications recently revealed plans to auction 2600-MHz spectrum as part of its 100-day plan.

Ooredoo Myanmar is offering 4G services at the same price as its existing 3G offerings.

The operator's main rival Telenor Myanmar is also gearing up to launch 4G services following successful tests in Yangon, Mandalay, Myawaddy and Muse.

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