4G mobile internet networks nearly completed for SEA Games

The installation of fourth generation (4G) mobile Internet networks at venues for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will be completed next month, according to the national telecoms provider.

U Thein Hoke, deputy general manager of Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, said 4G LTE data services would be available at venues in Rangoon, Naypyidaw, Mandalay and Ngwesaung Beach during December’s SEA Games thanks to assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan’s NEC Corporation.

“We started installing the 4G network in July and now 50 percent of the installation is complete,” he said, adding that the 4G infrastructure would remain in place after the games, although no licenses to operate 4G services have been issued by the government.

JICA said in a statement in December that it was providing a grant of 1.71 billion yen, or about US$17 million, to the government for the Urgent Communication Networks Improvement Plan, an attempt to ready Myanmar’s communications infrastructure for increased traffic.

The SEA Games are set to be held in Burma in December for the first time in 44 years, and next year the country will also host a number of events in its role as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean.