MPT rolls out 4G ser­vices in Yan­gon, Nay Pyi Taw

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - AUNG KYAW NYUNT aungkyawnyunt@mm­times.com

State-owned MPT joins Oore­doo and Te­lenor with fourth-gen­er­a­tion ser­vices in se­lect lo­ca­tions but aims for a coun­try­wide launch next year.

THE last of Myan­mar’s three es­tab­lished telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firms has rolled out fourth-gen­er­a­tion ser­vices. MPT is of­fer­ing cus­tomers 4G in se­lect lo­ca­tions in Yan­gon and Nay Pyi Taw, but aims to cover the coun­try after pur­chas­ing ad­di­tional spec­trum next year.

U Tun Aye Maung, MPT’s deputy gen­eral for mar­ket­ing strat­egy, said cus­tomers can use 4G in six lo­ca­tions in Yan­gon and two in the cap­i­tal.

The firm’s Yan­gon 4G hotspots are at a Junc­tion Maw Tin shop­ping cen­tre, Junc­tion Square, Taw Win Cen­tre, MPT-branded stores based in Pabe­dan town­ship and Yan­gon in­ter­na­tional air­port. MPT will also ex­tend 4G to Myan­mar Plaza in the next few days, U Tun Aye Maung said.

Nay Pyi Taw users can go to Junc­tion Cen­tre and Cap­i­tal Hy­per Mar­ket.

Oore­doo was first to launch 4G ser­vices ear­lier this year and told The Myan­mar Times in Au­gust it had over half a mil­lion 4G users across Nay Pyi Taw, Man­dalay and Yan­gon. Te­lenor launched in Nay Pyi Taw in July and has been test­ing in Yan­gon, Shan State’s Muse and Kayin state’s Myawaddy.

MPT is plan­ning to roll out 4G across the whole coun­try in 2017, said U Khin Maung Myint, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing.

“If we will pur­chase 1800MHz spec­trum from the gov­ern­ment we will ex­tend the 4G net­work,” he said. “We hope to buy more 1800MHz in Jan­uary 2017. We’re aim­ing to cover the whole coun­try next year.”

The firm is cur­rently of­fer­ing 4G on the 2.1GHz spec­trum.

Te­lenor, Oore­doo and MPT are all ea­ger for more of the 1800MHz band, which is bet­ter suited than higher fre­quen­cies to ex­pand­ing cov­er­age. All de­clined to en­ter an auc­tion for 2600MHz spec­trum to be held to­day, which Oore­doo and MPT said was due to a de­sire to con­cen­trate on the 1800MHz auc­tion ex­pected to fol­low.

An of­fi­cial in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­istry said it the 1800MHz auc­tion would be held in the first quar­ter of next year, po­ten­tially in Jan­uary.

MPT is also plan­ning to launch its own 4G smart­phone, as well as of­fer­ing ex­ist­ing 2G and 3Gusers a free 4G sim card.

“MPT’s old SIM card sup­ports 2G and 3G net­works but not 4G,” he said U Khin Maung Myint. “Cus­tomers have to change at MPT shops, but it’s free.”

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

MPT has joined the other ma­jor tel­cos in rolling out 4G ser­vices.

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