State-owned operator Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services for residential customers and SMEs in areas of downtown Yangon. MPT plans to expand the offering to other areas of Yangon and Mandalay by early 2018 before adding other major cities throughout the rest of that year. MPT’s FTTH tariffs feature download speeds of either 5Mbps or 10Mbps, costing MMK69,000 (USD50.0) and MMK109,000 respectively, and offer unlimited downloads. Customers will also be required to pay an installation fee of MMK200,000 – currently offered a promotional rate of MMK150,000 – which also includes cabling, activation, and rental for a Wi-Fi router.
The telco’s chief commercial officer, Reizo Umeda, commented on the development, saying: ‘We are pleased to offer customers a truly enriching internet experience in their homes at greater value. The new fibre-based service will provide fast and reliable connectivity to online services, from web browsing, social media, streaming videos, gaming as well as those that require higher bandwidth capacity for connecting multiple devices simultaneously.’