Myanmmar gets its first high-speed 4G service

Existing managed services agreement extended to incorporate the 4G network.

By Kareyst Lin
Sept. 1, 2016

Residents and visitors to Myanmar are now able to access the internet at 4G speeds, thanks to Nokia and telecommunications company Ooredoo Myanmar.

Communications and information technology company Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Myanmar's existing 3G network using the Nokia Single RAN and Packet Core platforms. This initial 4G roll-out was completed under three months.

This move follows the existing partnership between the two organisations. Nokia previously provided its Managed Services expertise to Ooredoo Myanmar's 3G network. It extended these services to the 4G network, providing a simplified management and reporting structure. This ensures seamless service for Ooredoo Myanmar's seven 7 million subscribers.

"The ability to roll-out 4G services mainly via a software update meant that we could complete deployment in the quickest time and in the most cost-effective way, slowing Ooredoo Myanmar to leverage its existing infrastructure," said Harald Preiss, head of Asia North, Nokia.

Nokia has deployed the network across the Yangon region, the largest and most densely populated region in Myanmar. This has enabled Ooredoo Myanmar to offer high-speed mobile services to subscribers in some areas for the first time. At the same time, this helped to meet the future data demands in a country with a growing tourist industry and a digital transformation goal.