Myanmar seeks bids for fibre-optic backbone network and internet services

17 Jun 2013

Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) has invited an open tender for IP transit services with a total capacity of 10Gbps or higher and building a national fibre-optic network, reports Livemint. According to a report by Deloitte, Myanmar currently has just 14,000 kilometres of fibre and approximately 1,800 telecoms masts. ‘There are lots of opportunities in Myanmar’s telecom sector. While we have called for tenders for the two telecom licences, our plan is to invite participation for providing internet services,’ Thaung Tin, deputy minister for communications and information technology, said in an interview. ‘Also, there is a huge requirement of fibre rollout, for which we plan to call the tenders after the award of the telecom licences.’

Meanwhile, the winners of the two concessions currently up for grabs will be announced on 27 June. ‘Awarding these telecom licences is a priority. Since there was limited spectrum, we are currently looking at awarding only two licences,’ Thaung Tin said. ‘However, going forward we plan to award more licences to increase competition.’

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