Ooredoo Myanmar and ZTE Corporation signed MoU on 15th May to collaborate on 5G network development. ZTE Corporation will support technical expertise to Ooredoo Myanmar to provide a world-class telecom infrastructure for the people of Myanmar.
To kick off the partnership, Ooredoo Myanmar and ZTE Corporation will be considering potential test environments to deploy Ooredoo’s 5G network. The test environments will be used to evaluate the performance of the 5G network and technology to ensure quality service is achieved once the network is operational.
“Ooredoo is the first telecom operator in Myanmar to launch initiatives towards 5G development, which will unlock the next generation of wireless technology with high speeds, ultra-low latency and greater capacities,” said Alok Verma, Acting CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar. 5G will enable new possibilities in mobility, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and other industries, added Alok Verma.
5G is the future of wireless technology which designed to meet ever advancing and increasingly complex sets of performance requirements. It is about 100 times faster than 4G. It offers ultra-low latency, will catalyse mobility, industrial networking, remote healthcare, virtual reality and ultra-high-definition video. 5G will impact the entire mobile network and associated eco-system, from devices to radio access, IP core and into the cloud,” said Mei Zhonghua, senior vice president of ZTE Corporation.
In Myanmar, the groundwork currently is being laid for 5G technology as set out in the Myanmar National Broadband White Paper 2019 and Spectrum Roadmap 2019. U Soe Thein, Communications and Information Technology Ministry said at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year that Myanmar will be ready to deploy 5G technology in 2-3 years since 5G has many shortcomings, such as last of handsets, insufficient spectrum and other requirements. If successful, Myanmar will trail most other countries by only a couple of years in launching 5G technology.
Malaysia and Indonesia signed agreements with Huawei Co. in February to carry out 5G data infrastructure and tests and Singapore also teamed up with Ericsson to test 5G networks in last July.