Myanmar migrates to the 4G era
Ooredoo and Telenor commence 4G overlay, Viettel may follow suit when launched
History was made in Myanmar last May when Ooredoo Myanmar launched the first 4G services in the country, followed shortly by rival operator Telenor Myanmar. The speed of the 4G launches are unprecedented considering Myanmar’s 2G and 3G mobile subscriber penetration increased from 10% in 2014 to above 80%, or 45mn users, as of June 2016 after the country opened to international service providers. Nearly 95% of the population is expected to have connectivity by the end of the 2017, and this rapid rollout stands out as an examplar of the merits of shared infrastructure. In comparison, Thailand and Indonesia took seven to eight years to go from 10% to 95%+, while Vietnam took four years to rollout coverage.