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Nokia and Ooredoo launch Myanmar's first high-speed 4G service

Nokia and Ooredoo Myanmar have completed the roll-out and launch of the first 4G service in Myanmar, boosting speeds and capacity.

To ensure seamless network operations, the companies have also extended their existing managed services agreement to incorporate the 4G network.

Nokia completed the initial 4G roll-out in less than three months by upgrading Ooredoo Myanmar's existing 3G network using the Nokia Single RAN and Packet Core platforms. This fast deployment time allowed Ooredoo to launch its high-capacity service in Yangon, Nay Phi Daw, Mandalay, and Bagan and continue the country's digital transformation.

Nokia has deployed the network across the Yangon region, the largest and most densely populated region in Myanmar. This has enabled Ooredoo Myanmar to offer high-speed mobile services to subscribers in some areas for the first time while meeting future data demands in a country with a thriving economy and ever-growing tourist industry.

Nokia previously provided its Managed Services expertise to Ooredoo Myanmar's 3G network, providing support from its global delivery centre in Chennai, India, as well as in-country support in Myanmar. By extending these services to the 4G network, Nokia will provide a simplified management and reporting structure ensuring seamless service for the operator's seven million subscribers.

Rene Meza, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar, said: "Using Nokia's innovative 4G technology and Managed Services expertise we can lead the way in delivering the most advanced high-speed data-intensive services to our customers in the fastest time. By opening up underserved areas of the country we will offer the vital connectivity that will continue Myanmar's digital transformation and further drive the growth of its economy."

John Farhat, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar, said: "Nokia's proven expertise in this technology and fast roll-out capabilities enabled us to launch the LTE network in just three months. We are currently using the 2100Mhz frequency band to offer 4G services. However, the increasing popularity of our LTE services will allow us to further invest in procuring spectrum in the 1800Mhz and 2600Mhz frequency band, in the forthcoming auctions."

Harald Preiss, head of Asia North at Nokia, said: "The ability to roll-out 4G services mainly via a software upgrade meant that we could complete deployment in the quickest time and in the most cost-effective way, allowing Ooredoo Myanmar to leverage its existing infrastructure. The upgraded network offers superior indoor coverage and increased capacity to meet future demand. By extending our leading Managed Services expertise, we can ensure transparent operations across the network."

Myanmar's economy is the fastest growing in Asia and is expected to grow by 8.4 percent in 2016 and early 2017.