Telenor Will Roll Out 3G Network In Myanmar Next Year And Install 4G Base Stations

A man talks on his mobile phone by the street side of Yangon June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun 

By Sophie Song

Myanmar will have commercial third-generation (3G) mobile service next year, when Telenor, one of the two winners of the country’s lucrative telecom licenses, rolls out its network. The Norwegian firm plans to complete the nationwide roll-out of 2G and 3G network within five years.

Telenor will also install 4G-ready base stations for Myanmar, to match the sophistication of leading networks worldwide, said Glenn Mandelid, communications director of Telenor Asia, according to Bangkok Post, a Thai newspaper.

“A full range of mobile services, both 2G and 3G mobile data service, will be commercially launched next year,” he said, adding that telecom service would drive social development and economic growth in the country.

Last Thursday, the Myanmar government awarded the licenses to open its telecom market to Telenor and Qatari firm Ooredoo. The two companies beat out nearly 90 competitors in the bid for the 15-year mobile licenses.

by International Business Times
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