Telenor Myanmar said the firm has successfully carried out the first voice and video calls and internet service through its network.
Petter Furberg, chief executive of Telenor Myanmar, said the very first phone call on Telenor’s Live Core Network is a “milestone” for the firm. “This indicates Telenor has made big strides in terms of providing telecoms services in Myanmar.”
The video call was made on the firm’s 3G network from Telenor Data Centre, which is 22 kilometre from Yangon, to Telenor Myanmar’s headquarter in Yangon’s Bahan township, the telecoms company said.
“It shows Telenor’s timely performance as it gets closer to the deadline. We are continuing to set up tower lines and we are confident that we can offer the telecoms infrastructure and affordable services within the promised time,” Furberg said.
The Norwegian firm earlier said it will finish setting up its network and start providing its services within eight months of the granting of the telecom licence. Telenor, along with Qatar’s Ooredoo, in February officially received the licences from the government.
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology U Myat Hein said, “I am proud that Telenor has reached this [testing] level within three months. It is not easy for MPT to do such kind of process within the state’s budget.” State-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) was the sole player in the telecoms sector in Myanmar before it opened the industry up for foreign firms.
“Now local and foreign operators will compete with each other, which will allow users to have better services at lower prices. The ministry will always try to help address the operators’ issues.”
“Core Network” is going to be the backbone of Telenor’s network when it starts providing telecom services to mobile phone. Chinese telecoms company Huawei has been appointed by Telenor to establish the Core Network all over Myanmar. Other network vendors for Telenor include Sweden’s Ericsson and India’s Wipro. Singapore’s Apollo Towers and Irrawaddy Green Technology will act as the firm’s tower managers and operators.