Nokia and Ooredoo launch 4G service in Myanmar
24 August 2016 | James Pearce
Ooredoo Myanmar has launched the first 4G service in the Asian country as part of a rollout with Nokia.
Nokia completed the rollout in under three months, upgrading Ooredoo’s existing 3G network using its Single RAN and Packet Core platforms.
The launch saw high-capacity services go live in Mandalay, Bagan, Nay Phi Daw and Yangon the most densely populated region in Myanmar.
Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Rene Meza said: "We have come a long way in developing the telecommunications market in Myanmar. Using Nokia's 4G technology and managed services expertise we can continue to lead the way in delivering the most advanced high-speed data-intensive services to our customers in the fastest time.
“We are proud to be the first to launch 4G services in Myanmar and plan to extend the network further in the future. By opening up underserved areas of the country we will offer the vital connectivity that will continue Myanmar's digital transformation and further drive the growth of its economy."
The 4G solution runs on Ooredoo’s 2100MHz spectrum, but the carrier said it will look to invest in 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands in upcoming spectrum auctions, the first of which is set to take place in October.
The solution runs off Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations, with elements including Mobility Manager, Mobile gateway and the Home Subscriber Server.
Nokia has also expanded its managed services contract with Ooredoo Myanmar to include 4G services for the carrier’s seven million subscribers.
Nokia head of Asia North Harald Preiss said: "The ability to rollout 4G services mainly via a software upgrade meant that we could complete deployment in the quickest time and in the most cost-effective way, allowing Ooredoo Myanmar to leverage its existing infrastructure.
“The upgraded network offers superior indoor coverage and increased capacity to meet future demand. And by extending our leading managed services expertise, we can ensure transparent operations across the network."