A consortium of companies consisting of Sumitomo Corporation and NTT Communications Corporation have built communications infrastructure for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar).
The companies have come together to improve improves internet connectivity and support greater economic development in the new Asian democracy.
According to an announcement by the consortium, it is providing operational support for the communications infrastructure until mid-January 2014, when the project is scheduled for completion.
The construction of this communications infrastructure was conducted under an agreement concluded on 14 May 2013 between the consortium and Myanmar's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in support of the country's "Emergency communications network improvement plan."
The plan capitalizes on 1.71 billion yen in Official Development Assistance (ODA) that was granted to the government of Myanmar by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an independent administrative agency.
This infrastructure will contribute to smooth telecommunications during the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which will be held in Myanmar from 11 - 22 December 2013.
Primary features of the communications infrastructure include installation of high-speed, high-capacity core optical transmission network, LTE communications, fixed-line telephones and optical transmission networks capable of 10Gbps Internet transmissions, and 50 LTE base-stations deployed, among others.
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