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 over two dozen other cities by September.

Its announcement follows the launch of 4G services by its two major rivals. Qatar’s Ooredoo has offered them in the same three cities since last year, while Norway’s Telenor Group last week announced their rollout in Yangon.

MPT, formally known as Myanma Post and Telecom, formed a joint venture with KDDI and Sumitomo in July 2014 after Myanmar opened up its telecom sector to foreign investors the previous year.

The two Japanese companies have together committed to invest over $2 billion over 10 years to accelerate MPT’s development.

It says it has 23 million users in the country of over 51 million people. Telenor claims around 18 million and Ooredoo 9 million, according to earlier local media reports.

Source : Kyodo News