Myanmar’s fourth wireless provider, MyTel – a joint venture between Vietnam’s Viettel, a consortium of eleven local firms and Myanmar military-backed Star High Public Company – has begun offering services to the public, Global New Light of Myanmar reports. According to the paper, Mytel switched on its LTE network in areas of Nay Pyi Taw, East Bago and Kayin State on 15 March, but only began selling SIM cards the following week, from 22 March. MyTel plans to expand services to all 15 states and regions within the next month. Commenting on the launch, Chief of External Relations Zaw Min Oo was quoted as saying: ‘A key point of our launch plan has always been to focus on more rural areas, and the provinces away from the large cities like Yangon and Mandalay. We are excited to see what our superior technology, our 4G-capable network, and our commitment to empowering the people of Myanmar will do for the future of this country’s telecommunications market.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, MyTel has lined up investment of USD1.5 billion for its 4G-only network rollout and is targeting 90% population coverage via a total of 7,200 base stations, supported by 33,000km of fibre-optic cabling.