First national web portal formally launched in Myanmar cyber city

08:36, October 18, 2010      

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A first Myanmar-language national web portal was formally launched in the Yadanapon cyber city in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay region Sunday, signifying a step forward of the country's development of IT industry, including the internet.

The opening ceremony of the high-tech communication FTTH (Fiber to the Home) system, comprising internet, VOIP telephone and IPTV channels, was attended by Prime Minister U Thein Sein and other high-ranking officials as well as IT technicians.

Several IT companies in the Yadanapon cyber city, including China's ZTE and Huawei companies, displayed their products at the launch.

The two Chinese companies have been partly involved in the construction of the cyber city, cooperating with local companies in developing IT products that suit Myanmar use.

Along with the launch of the national web portal, the Yadanapon cyber city of Myanmar's University of Technology was also opened, aimed at nurturing IT experts.

The triple services -- VOIP telephone, internet, IPTV -- are available from a single fiber cable network, having higher speed system than Wi Max, ADSL, Dial up systems.

The FTTH system had been installed earlier and made test-run in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay and Yangon as pilot project.

The installation fees for FTTH (Triple Play) is 900 U.S. dollars per house and 750 dollars per house for double play.

The internet link, which is currently used in Myanmar, is Sea- Me-We-3 linking through Singapore. It also links with transborder cables of China and Thailand and can communicate with altogether 34 countries, which is included in Sea-Me-We-3 Cyber Link.

Plans are also underway to be able to link with Sea-Me-We-4, Asia , Europe under water cable. It will be linked to Sea-Me-We-4 via Bangladesh which is the nearest country. After completion of the project, it can communicate with other countries included in Sea-Me-We-4 Cyber link via fiber cable.

So far, over 10,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable have been installed across Myanmar in order to promote the communication sector.

Yadanapon Cyber City was established in 2007 for the development of IT.

Private Companies such as Yadanabon Teleport Co., Yadanabon Fiber Factory, E lite Co., Huawei Co., Asia Mega link Co., established factories and produced communication accessories there.

The estimated investment amount of Yadanapon Cyber City is 20 million dollars, of which, about 10 million dollars was invested by E lite Company, a branch of Htoo Group of Company.

The FTTH service will be launched in Yangon and Mandalay by the end of this year.

Source: Xinhua


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