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Myanmar boosts ICT with satellite programme, deregulation

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ICT? CommuniCast? mobile?

The Myanmar government expressed support for the nascent ICT industry with plans for deregulation and a national satellite programme. This came after the success of CommuniCast 2014, the country's first telecommunications infrastructure and mobile technology show.

The event will return on Nov. 17, 2015 at Myanmar Event Park, Yangon.

Over 2000 mobile, satellite and telecommunications professionals from Myanmar and around the world attended the event in Yangon last month reflecting the growing interest in the emerging and fast developing Myanmar ICT industry.

Talking about the event, keynote speaker at the co-located Satellite Forum and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Myanmar H.E. U Thaung Tin said: "The Ministry is very pleased to be supporting CommuniCast Myanmar, which is very different from all other events in the country, offering a professional platform for the emerging and fast developing Myanmar ICT industry to meet. CommuniCast Myanmar, combined with the Myanmar Satellite Forum and Menander University Mobile Seminar series, helps combine a show with a timely exchange of ideas and lively discussions."

"With the deregulation of the broadcasting market, the preparation of a broadband master plan and the launch of unlimited ISP licences, many new opportunities are in the pipeline. We look forward to actively supporting the development of the CommuniCast Myanmar event," he added.

CommuniCast 2014

In addition to the CommuniCast Myanmar exhibition, the organisers also ran a series of conferences and seminars. The Myanmar Satellite Forum, which attracted 169 delegates, explored topics, which ranged from 'Connecting the Digital Village' to 'Disaster Preparedness and Government Services.' The Entrepreneur Institute of the planned Menander University Foundation also ran the Myanmar Mobile Seminar Series.

"The Government had already shown its commitment with the granting of two international mobile licences and this sent a strong message to the world that Myanmar is committed to infrastructure development on a truly massive scale, through 'an open, fair and transparent tendering process'" said Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd and Event Director, Rupert Owen.

With the Ministry aiming to increase the teledensity of Myanmar from around 20 per cent in 2014 to 75 per cent in financial year 2015/2016, the opportunities for suppliers are bright, especially with the opening up of the ISP, broadband, banking and broadcasting markets.

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