01 June 2018
| James Pearce
Intelsat has struck a partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar to deploy wireless communications infrastructure in the Asian country.
The MOTC will utilise services on the Intelsat 39 satellite
as part of a new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement
The deal will see Intelsat 39, which is due to replace
Intelsat 902’s eastern position in 2019, provide
both Ku-band and C-band satellite services which Myanmar will
use to boost its existing mobile network. It will also be used
to provide services for mobile operators and media
The MOTC has set a target of ensuring 95% of the Myanmar
population have access to broadband connectivity by 2022, with
the services offered by Intelsat likely to be used to expand
both 3G and 4G services into more remote areas of the
U Chit Wai, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport and
Communications Union Minister’s Office, MOTC,
said: "By expanding our relationship with Intelsat, the power
and efficiencies generated by Intelsat’s
Globalized Network fortifies our network infrastructure,
expands broadband connectivity outside of
Myanmar’s urban centres and enhances the
educational, health, media and government services provided to
the people of Myanmar.
"Our partnership with Intelsat ensures that businesses will
have access to fast, sustainable, high-quality broadband
connectivity to support expansion of the media, energy and
banking sectors and spur further economic development across
The liberalisation of the telecoms in Myanmar began in 2013
when the government opened up the country to international
entrants, ending the monopoly of the Myanmar Post and
Telecommunication. This led to the launch of new operators
including Ooredoo and Telenor and saw mobile penetration rise
from less than 10% in 2012 to over 54% in 2015.
Intelsat began offering services in the country in 2016
after striking a deal with MOTC for services on two satellites.
The expansion of the relationship between Intelsat and the
Myanmar government will also help the latter ensure more of the
country have access to e-government services such as healthcare
"To build a more digitally inclusive society, we need a
fresh approach to solving broadband connectivity challenges,"
said Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. "This requires greater
cooperation between the public and private sectors and a hybrid
network that seamlessly integrates and leverages the strengths
of different technologies to extend the communications
infrastructure beyond city centres.
"That is why we are excited to build upon our relationship
with the MOTC. By integrating Intelsat’s
next-generation solutions into existing networks, together, we
can build a robust and resilient communications infrastructure
that reaches everyone and further enhances the lives of the
people of Myanmar."
U Chit Wai