Ruckus Networks has installed a Wi-Fi-based fixed-wireless network for Myanmar Net, covering 400,000 users across all townships of Yangon and Mandalay. The ISP had tasked the vendor with deploying a solution that would enable Myanmar Net to provide affordable, mass-market internet services in densely-populated and high-traffic areas of the country’s two largest cities. Ruckus’ solution uses its BeamFlex smart antenna system, which it claims mitigates interference in a high-density user environment while using fewer access points (APs) to deliver high capacity coverage over a greater footprint. This enables Myanmar Net to increase reliability for more devices and applications, while also supporting bandwidth-intensive applications and usage. Further, the vendor notes that it was able to minimise operating costs for Myanmar Net by implemented bandwidth sharing across the entire coverage area, whilst maintaining ‘superior connectivity’ for customers using data-intensive applications.
Commenting on the rollout, Myanmar Net CTO Allen Miu said: ‘Until 2014, internet access in Myanmar was considered a luxury and out of reach for most. However, our partnership with Ruckus Networks has democratised connectivity. Today, Myanmar Net allows our users to enjoy high-speed internet that goes up to 16Mbps speeds and at prices far more affordable than plans from mobile carriers … Being able to provide bandwidth sharing across the entire coverage area helps us effectively optimize operating costs as an ISP. This is a unique proprietary technology we were proud to have developed while using Ruckus Wi-Fi to provide direct connectivity to both outdoor and indoor locations.’