Tuesday, January 15, 2013

China Unicom to invest $40million in new Internet cable

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:30 Khin Myo Thwe

Mizzima has learned of a deal that will see US $40 million invested in a fiber optic cable that will help to improve Burma's Internet connection. The agreement was signed at the end of 2012 between Burma’s Ministry of Communications and China Unicom.

Single-mode optical fiber in an underground service pit (Photo: Bidgee / Wikipedia)

“The current SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cable will be upgraded and connected with the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system," said Htay Win, the chief engineer at Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Enterprise.

“The internet fiber optic cables will be built first on land at the Muse-Ngwe Saung network and channel, before building a submarine network to connect with the international network," said Htay Win. "After building is complete, Burma will share half of these new networks with China,” he added.

Than Aung, a retired official from the Telecommunications Ministry said that after building new SEA-ME-WE 5 network cable, Burma will be connected with the international network via China, providing an extra gateway to Burma.

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