Norwegian-backed cellco Telenor Myanmar has inaugurated 4G services in Nay Pyi Taw and now plans to gradually introduce the service to other cities. Commenting on the launch, CEO Petter Furberg said: ‘Myanmar is experiencing an extensive growth of mobile subscriptions and we are also witnessing higher demand for mobile data. Over 60% of our customers today are data users. Today’s launch is another milestone for us to fulfill the needs of our customers to experience the latest services and technology.’ The official went on to say that Telenor is continuing to test LTE services in several other cities, having announced last week that it was also trialling the platform in Yangon, Mandalay, Myawady and Muse. ‘We believe that 4G is now relevant to our mass market with current handset capabilities,’ Mr Furberg added.
The cellco also reiterated its need for additional spectrum to support its LTE offerings, noting that: ‘due to [the] explosive growth of data and increasing data demand by the Myanmar people we believe [the allocation of extra frequencies] is urgently required to expand our services to 4G all over Myanmar.’