Ooredoo Myanmar and China's ZTE Showcase 5G Technology

By The Irrawaddy 26 September 2019

Yangon – Qatar’s telecom operator Ooredoo Myanmar and Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company ZTE on Wednesday showcased 5G technology in Yangon, the first demonstration of 5G technology in Myanmar.

The demonstration showcased 5G speed, immersive virtual reality (VR) and an innovative drone-based monitoring system amid rising global interest.

The live speed test at the event reached up to 1.75 gigabits per second (Gb/s) on the network.

Ooredoo Myanmar also demonstrated a flying drone-based monitoring system around Inya Lake. The drone ran on Ooredoo’s 5G network and delivered simultaneous images and video.

Chief executive officer of Ooredoo Myanmar Rajeev Sethi told the media: “Ooredoo Myanmar’s progress towards 5G demonstrates our readiness to start a new wave of digital transformation across society, industry and day-to-day lives in Myanmar. We are excited to provide our customers with new experiences and an exciting view into the future of Myanmar with 5G, in partnership with ZTE Corporation.”

“ZTE is focusing on leading 5G innovations, which will definitely empower Myanmar people in the future,” said Mei Zhonghua, senior vice-president of ZTE Corporation.

“This new generation network infrastructure will play an important role in the development of the digital economy,” he said.

Ooredoo Myanmar said it was working to launch 5G technology in major cities.

Mytel, a telecoms venture between the Myanmar and Vietnamese militaries, in August reported that it had tested Myanmar’s first 5G service using technology developed by China’s Huawei.

Huawei 5G NR says it can download at 1.6 Gb/s and upload at 1.5 Gb/s, while its data transmission is 10 times faster than that offered by standard 3G and 4G operators, according to U Zaw Min Oo of Mytel in August.