Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today announced that it has been allocated 2×10 MHz technology neutral spectrum in the 1800 MHz frequency band. The allocation was priced at US$80 million in fees, for a term of 12 years.
Telenor says the allocation of the spectrum will pave the way for the rollout of “real” 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services, which can deliver speeds of more than 10 times that of 3G networks.
“The telecoms industry in Myanmar has seen phenomenal growth in the three years. Customers in Myanmar’s leading cities and towns already enjoy network coverage and service quality that are at par with many Asian cities, and the country is largely a mobile-first nation today. The rapid deployment of 4G/LTE services will elevate Myanmar to be among the best in this region, and further accelerates the adoption of multimedia-rich digital services for communications, commerce, education, and entertainment,” said Lars Erik Tellmann, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor.
“Telenor has built the largest mobile network in Myanmar, and over the last 10 months we have gradually introduced 4G in 19 cities and towns across the country, utilising existing spectrum. With 1800 MHz spectrum, we now are set up to provide customers with a richer internet experience with superior download speeds, smoother high-definition video streams, lag-free gaming, a stronger social media experience, and more consistent performance in peak hours, among others. We are in the midst of enabling 4G/LTE on 1800 MHz on our network, and hope to expand services to more cities and towns in coming months – including an impending launch of 4G/LTE in Yangon very soon!”, Tellmann added.
Telenor today operates Myanmar’s largest and fastest growing data network spanning more than 7,500 sites nationwide, serving close to 19 million customers in all States, Regions and territories.