MPT and Unicom to build fibre link

26 Jul 2013

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) and China Unicom have signed a deal to roll out a new fibre-optic cable linking Myanmar with China and international submarine communications networks, local news outlet The Irrawaddy reports. Soe Thane, a senior Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) official, was quoted as saying that the project would feature the deployment of a 1,500km cable running from Muse on the Myanmar/China border to Ngwe Saung Beach in the Irrawaddy Delta, from where it will connect to a planned new submarine cable network, South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), in the Andaman Sea. The cable’s development will reportedly cost USD40 million, and half of the cable’s capacity will be used by MPT.