Telenor Myanmar tests 4G technology in five cities

30 Jun 2016

Norwegian-backed cellco Telenor Myanmar has carried out tests of 4G technology in five major cities, and is pushing for the government to speed up the allocation of additional frequencies to facilitate a commercial launch, the Myanmar Times writes, citing a company spokesperson. The cellco trialled the platform in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Myawady and Muse, following close behind Qatari-owned Ooredoo Myanmar, which began offering LTE services in May 2016. Telenor’s introduction of 4G services, though, is dependent on the distribution of extra frequencies. To that end, Telenor’s head of communications, Joachim Rajaram, explained that the cellco: ‘has been in constant dialogue with [the Ministry of Transport and Communications] to accelerate the … 1800MHz auction, in order for the industry to deliver a much better 4G network experience in Myanmar.’ The official went on to say: ‘Our initial launch will primarily aim to provide 4G internet services, which we feel are most relevant to the Myanmar mass market, based on our observations and current handset capabilities. Over time, we will introduce other 4G services such as high definition (HD) voice and an enriched messaging experience.’