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The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Media firm introduces satellite TV, internet and phone services

Daw Ni Ni attends the unveiling of Shwe Than Lwin Media’s Skynet communication services at Traders Hotel in Yangon. Photo: Seng MaiDaw Ni Ni attends the unveiling of Shwe Than Lwin Media’s Skynet communication services at Traders Hotel in Yangon. Photo: Seng Mai

Beaming down soon to a terminal near you – satellite-based internet and entertainment services.

The new Skynet service was unveiled by Shwe Than Lwin Media on October 6 at Traders Hotel, Yangon. The company has been collaborating on the project with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport Company.

Direct to Home (DTH/pay TV channels) and Multi-Play Services (mixture of voice over internet protocol, pay TV and internet) are also on offer.

Shwe Than Lwin Media is inviting up to 300 regional companies to act as local service partners to offer the service throughout the country. Service charges are still to be announced.

“Both services are based on Thaicom 5 satellite. The DTH will beam TV channels to the user’s home, but can also be accessed on the move. The service will cover every part of the country. We tentatively plan to broadcast about 30 channels. The second service, MPS, offers high-speed internet that can be used anywhere, even when the user is moving, using voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and TV channels. Payment for both services will be with prepaid cards,” said U Myo Min, chief technical officer for Shwe Than Lwin Media. MPS services will cover 75 percent of the country.

The user will have to buy a 75cm satellite-dish and set-top box to receive broadcasts, internet and VoIP services from Thaicom 5. U Myo Min said there were plans to extend the service to include videoconferencing, e-education, satellite newsgathering and telemedicine, at a price lower than fibre-optic services, because no fibre linkage would be required.

MPT’s deputy chief engineer said that more than 1000 terminals had already been built for pay TV lines, and users could use internet bandwidth of MPS with 256 kilobits per second through the service.