By Khine Kyaw
Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive of Telenor Myanmar, said at a briefing on Wednesday that Myanmar has more than enough capacity with the telco’s modern 4G network, and that Telenor always tries to bring the latest technology to the country.
“When the technology is mature and fully tested, we will look at business opportunities for 5G in Myanmar,” he said.
“As a company in Telenor Group having already initiated pilots in countries like Norway, Denmark and Malaysia, we have access to the latest knowledge and experience from 5G.”
Mehrotra said the firm’s network is technically advanced and ready for the future. In 2018, the firm showcased its capacity for 1Gbps of data transfer. This year, it has been running several internet of things pilots.
“With the widest network in Myanmar and high availability, we provide the best data experience for streaming and gaming,” he said.
“Our networks will be widely available. We have focused resources on the intelligent management of our network.”
Mehrotra said the firm has also invested in solar power and better batteries to prepare for grid outages and longer running sites.
“When incidents occur, our teams are ready to be deployed to ensure that services are restored with minimal inconvenience for our users,” he said.
He takes pride in playing a critical role in bringing real 4G speeds to the mass market in Myanmar.
“We have more towers than any other operator, providing 4GLTE to 308 townships and mobile connectivity to more than 92 per cent of Myanmar’s population,” he said.
This year, the firm has continued to roll out new sites to further expand its 4G footprint and to improve new services and innovations.
“One example of our long-term commitment is 4GLeo. In the past year, he has covered more than 25,000 kilometres in his car to measure our signal strength where people live,” said Mehrotra, referring to the company’s network ambassador.
“We go beyond placing one tower in each township to claim a broad network. With high-tech measuring equipment, we patrol the streets and alleys where people live.”
The firm does not hesitate to send a team for immediate improvement if the network quality is not satisfactory, he said.
“It is a key priority to develop our network to ensure our customers have the best possible experience when using their mobile phones, and today we connect our customers to what matters most,” he said.
Mehrotra said Myanmar’s telecom infrastructure has come a long way in the past three years, after having one of the worst networks in Asia.
“With the fast development and rapid upgrades, Myanmar has moved to the status of a leading market when it comes to network quality,” he said.
“International testing shows that Myanmar people now enjoy some of Asean’s fastest data speeds and Yangon is among the top cities in Asia when it comes to network quality.”