Myanmar-owned telecom solutions provider Global Technology Company (GlobalNet) has announced plans to launch LTE-based wireless broadband services in 30 cities from April 2018, Myanmar Times reports, citing a company official. The offering will be made available to both business and residential subscribers from launch, with the rollout set to target major cities across Nay Pyi Taw, Magway, Bago, Mon, Jayin and Tanintharyi. GlobalNet CTO Prasert Laosaengpha was quoted as saying that the company is expecting broadband usage rates to increase sharply in the near future, due to the growing popularity of streaming services amongst internet users.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, GlobalNet won a 20MHz block of TDD spectrum in the 2600MHz band in October 2016, covering Region 1 (comprising the states of Nay Pyi Taw, Magway, Bago, Mon, Jayin and Tanintharyi). GlobalNet paid USD7 million for the concession. The operator also provides fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Yangon, Mandalay and Bago under the ‘5BB’ brand.