May 7, 2015- Myitkyina – Telenor Myanmar today celebrated the official opening of its network in Myitkyina, in Kachin state. With this addition, Telenor now provides mobile connectivity to more than 6.4 million customers in ten major divisions and states, namely Mandalay, Yangon, Sagaing, Bago, Magway, Ayeyarwaddy, Kayin, Mon, and Kachin, and in union territory Nay Pyi Taw.
“As part of our commitment to bring mobile connectivity to Myanmar, our expansion has now moved beyond central and urban areas,” said Mr. Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor. “I am glad we are able to launch our services in Myitkyina and offer to affordable voice and internet services.”
Mr. Furberg added: “As in other parts of Myanmar, we are at an early stage of rolling out our network. Myitkyina is launched with only half of the towers planned for this year and the quality will continue to improve as our network is expanding. We will continue to invest in expanding our rollout to other parts of Kachin in the coming months, alongside upcoming expansions to Kayah, Shan, and Taninthari. Additionally, we are focused on adding capacity and optimising quality in areas where we are already present to improve the quality of our network, particularly for indoor coverage. In Yangon we have increased the number of towers to 669 from 348 at the launch in October of last year, while in Mandalay we now have 325 towers turned on, from 70 at point of launch in September 2014. Additionally, we also opened a fibre link to Thailand in February, which continues to deliver significant improvement in data connectivity, and is critical for our ability to grow our customer base.”
Telenor Franchise-owned- Franchised-Operated (FOFO) shop in Myitkyina.
Kachin traditional dancers perform traditional dance as part of Telenor launching ceremony in myitkyina.
At present, Telenor has over 1,850 towers nationwide, and is expected to rollout between 3,000 and 4,000 towers by end 2015. Since September 2014, Telenor has expanded its network to close to 50% of populated areas in Myanmar.
Mr Petter Furberg (CEO of Telenor ), Mr Per-ErikHylland (Country representative of Telenor Group) and U Min Khaing (King Plus Company, authorized distributor of Telenor) .
Telenor’s staffs ready to distribute balloons and others freebies in “Blue Wave” activity .
Telenor has deployed more than 500 points-of-sales (POS) in Myitkyina. As part of its launch festivities, Telenor deployed its traditional “Blue Wave” activities in Myitkyina and Wine Maw townships, with Furberg joining more than 40 Telenor employees to help new customers with service activation and enquiries.
“Customers have been eagerly looking forward to Telenor’s arrival in Kachin, and are delighted to be able to enjoy affordable mobile services from Telenor,” said U Min Khaing, Executive Director of King Plus Company which is the authorized distributor of Telenor in Myitkyina.“We are already starting to see a lot of excitement for Telenor’s services in Myitkyina, and I am confident that with a solid distribution presence in Myitkyina and soon in other parts of Kachin we will be able to connect a larger number of customers in this part of the country.”
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