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Myanmar 5G Forum 2018

Myanmar 5G Forum 2018 entitled “5G Bridges Myanmar to Future Digital World,” was hosted by the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Department in cooperation with Huawei at the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on December 19. During the forum attended by government regulators, information and communication technology (ICT) industry experts and organizations, Huawei introduced 5G and its developments and potential impact on Myanmar while showcasing the technology’s applications were introduced.

Opening with a speech by Chit Wai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, the objectives of this event included discussing the future of the 4G/5G market in Myanmar, the revised spectrum roadmap 2019 and Myanmar National Broadband White Paper 2019 for a successful migration towards 5G technology from 4G, encouraging the growth of a digital Myanmar and to lay the groundwork required to cultivate Myanmar’s 5G ecosystem including spectrum, infrastructure, device, fiber, as well as supportive policy to inspire broadband to citizens, householders and to industry verticals.

As the closing remark, Myo Swe, Deputy Director General of Posts and Telecommunications Department (PTD) also highlighted their objectives for coming year (2019) at the event – “Firstly, PTD will review and release our revised spectrum roadmap in the first quarter of 2019. We would like to consider seriously everyone’s suggestions and opinions. Secondly, we will also release Myanmar National Broadband Whitepaper 2019, with the support of industry partners. I am sure 4G plus 5G based fixed wireless access synergy with fixed broadband, will play very important role to boost our national broadband development.” Zhou Jianjun, Vice President of Huawei Global Carrier Business Group said, “Huawei is privileged to collaborate with the Ministry of Transport and Communications for the Myanmar 5G Forum 2018, through which we hope to highlight the important role 5G holds and why a smart and strategic deployment of 4G is inspiring global ICT development direction, and 5G will arise as the foundation for future digital society and digital economy. From 4G migrating to 5G, the demand must be real, especially in emerging market, such as “Air Fiber” wireless to the x (WTTx), Cloud plus 5G plus Smart Device based Cloud X. From this forum, we want to inspire constructive discussions on four key pillars to 5G readiness including supportive policy, adequate spectrum, more site recourses and fiber related concernes. It can inform Myanmar’s 5G outlook with senior level representatives from policymaking institutions, regulators, telecom industry, and academia.”

At the Forum, market-leading data, research and consulting experts from top firms including International Telecommunication Union (ITU), GSA, Huawei, Ovum, Telcoeconomics, and Quectel covered sessions focusing on helping digital service providers and their technology partners to thrive in the connected digital economy.