16 Oct 2017
(Yangon, 12 October 2017) – MPT today announced that in line with its commitment to offering enriching telecommunications services throughout the country, even in areas which previously lacked mobile connectivity, the operator has upgraded its tower network serving several remote locations in mountainous Chin State, to extend high-speed 3G coverage and enhance signal strength for the local communities living along Myanmar’s north-western frontier.
With the expansion, residents around Pan Sakhan of Makhwi Village, Makyine Village, Lay Shi Village from Mintub Township and Alin Wa Village and Ngamyinthaung Village from Palatwa Townships will now have access to Myanmar’s widest and fastest mobile network, enabling convenient communication, saving time and encouraging economic growth opportunities for the rural residents of these respective areas.
Recognizing the positive impact of the network rollout into the surrounding rural areas, Ning My Mang, a school teacher from the resident of Makyine Village, praised MPT’s efforts to bridge the telecommunications divide for residents: “Previously we have faced difficulties communicating and running businesses due to the lack of reliable communication networks. Communications was a challenge here but with the upgrades, MPT has significantly improved our daily lives and helped spur economic activity locally by building the towers in our area, providing mobile network accessibility. Now that the mobile connectivity has been provided, residents no longer have to travel the extra miles and waste energy merely to deliver messages.”
The upgrades involve improvements the existing local tower network, and constructing additional tower infrastructure which permits high speed 3G connectivity and markedly stronger call reception.
Mr. Toshitake Amamiya, CEO of MPT-KSGM Joint Operations said: “We are pleased to extend our boosted coverage to Myanmar’s north-western region, some in very remote locations, which will enable customers to experience vastly improved connectivity. This will provide high-quality mobile and data services that will open up numerous economic and social opportunities. Not only have we implemented upgrades to the existing tower network, we have installed even more to ensure the area receives good signal reception. As Myanmar’s leading operator, it is important that the country’s diverse communities in rural areas also enjoy the benefits of advanced telecommunications.”
MPT already has the widest and fastest network spanning 96% of the country’s population. It was also recently been recognized for the second time within a year, for providing the fastest network service in Myanmar by global network testing expert Ookla. MPT has been continuously improving its network throughout the country and is poised to fulfil its plan to provide improved network coverage at locations in every state and region of Myanmar, demonstrating its commitment to moving Myanmar forward through enhanced telecommunications services.