Sumitomo, NEC, NTT build Myanmar networks

Asia Cloud Forum Editors
23 May 2013

Sumitomo Corporation, NEC and NTT Communications have concluded a contract with a Myanmar government ministry that supports the country's emergency communications network improvement plan.

The network aims to enhance Myanmar's communications infrastructure to rival that of competing markets.

The project is the first in Myanmar that capitalizes on Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Japan since the latter adopted an economic cooperation policy toward Myanmar in April 2012. Requests had been made by Myanmar's government for communications to be improved between the cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw.

In response to these requests, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) concluded a grant agreement with Myanmar in December 2012, promising 1.71 billion yen ($16.6 million) in ODA.

This grant aid will fund Myanmar's communications network improvement plan, which includes the strengthening of connections between Myanmar's three leading cities and the reinforcement of communications networks with improved procurement of equipment, installation and operation of systems supporting internet connections.

The communications infrastructure built under this plan consists of a high-speed, high-capacity core optical transmission network capable of transmitting 30Gbps between the cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw, as well as LTE, fixed-line telephones and optical transmission networks capable of 10Gbps internet transmissions within each city.

This infrastructure will support the simultaneous use of services for approximately 40,000 LTE subscribers, roughly 1.5 million fixed-line telephone users and about 1 million internet subscribers. LTE communications systems will also be supported by 50 LTE base-stations deployed within the three cities.

Systems are expected to be completed by November 2013, followed by technical training and operation assistance.

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