State-backed incumbent Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has launched LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services, just one month after the commercial launch of its LTE network. The new service, which MPT markets as ‘LTE+’, is currently available in 47 townships of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, and will be rolled out to other areas in the coming months. The platform uses 4×4 multiple-input, multiple-output (4×4 MIMO) technology to provide download speeds of up to 150Mbps. Sketching out its plans to expand the network’s footprint, MPT noted that Bago, Taunggyi, Mawlamyaine, Monywa and Pathein are set to be covered by the end of July, whilst the number of cities within the coverage area will surpass 20 by the end of August, rising to more than 30 a month later. LTE+ services are available to all MPT users with a compatible LTE device and SIM, at the same rate as its current mobile data offerings.
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