Friday, August 18, 2017

Myanmar wired: some internet options

To spur the communications sector, the Ministry of Transport and Communications granted Internet Service Provider licences to local entrepreneurs and companies who are now competing to promote their services. These are some of the new options available to those looking to get hooked up to the internet:

Myanmar Info-Tech in Hlaing township is home to many internet service providers. Photo: StaffMyanmar Info-Tech in Hlaing township is home to many internet service providers. Photo: Staff

Myanmar Net
By using WBA-LE (Wireless Broadband Access-Licence Exempt), Myanmar Net Company launched its Wi-Fi internet network service in Lanmadaw and Latha townships, Yangon, in December 2015. The service can be accessed at some locations in Yankin township, Myanmar Plaza and in about 15 condos in Yangon.

Myanmar Net is now seeking to cover the whole of Yangon. It started its 16 Mbps internet service in Kyauktada township in August. Its services include monthly limitless internet, Speed Pack plan (limitless data usage for seven or eight days), Data Pack plan (K1.6 per Mb) and K3 per Mb internet.

Net Core
SpectrumLife Company’s Net Core provides fibre optics and wireless internet services.

Its website mentions services for official web pages as well.

The company guarantees a stable internet service using fibre optics and wireless options.

Rates for personal and business use differ. Wireless internet service, with free installation, can be accessed in Yangon’s Hledan, Tarmwe, Botahtaung, Lanmadaw, Mayangone, Thingangyun, Thaketa and Yankin townships, and at Mindhamma and Kyipwaryay housing complexes. Besides Yangon, the service can be accessed in 17 industrial zones and other cities, namely Bago, Pyay, Nay Pyi Taw, Myitkyina, Loikaw, Hpa-an, Hakha, Monywa, Dawei and Taunggyi.

The monthly fee for shared 1MB speed is K60,000 and for the individual user it is K140,000. Internet speed up to 3MB is available for private homes.

Myanmar Unilink
China-based Unilink Company has opened its head office in Yangon and, according to its website, also provides services in Mandalay, Magwe, Bago, Taunggyi, Myitkyina and Nay Pyi Taw through its branch offices.

Its wireless and fibre optics services include high-speed broadband FTTX (Fibre to the X), MPLS-VPN (multiprotocol label switching for virtual private networks), DIA (dedicated internet access) individual line, wireless hotspot and other services.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han