LTE has become the favoured mobile network technology of choice in emerging markets as well as developed countries, with a few countries boasting nationwide coverage.
The driving force behind the demand for 4G is the increase in home wireless broadband connections coupled with the rise in popularity of portable internet-connected devices such as laptops, smartphones and, tablets.
Consumer demand for fast broadband has forced mobile operators to strengthen their networks with larger pipes laced with LTE. Some carriers are investing billions of dollars to ensure their networks will deliver high performance and scale to meet the growing demand.
One such region that is taking the LTE technology seriously is the Asia Pacific region, a region expected to be the largest contributor of mobile phone users in the next six years, with a predicted 8 billion subscribers. Already, the region has the largest mobile market – China, the fastest growing – India and the most advanced – Korea.
The region is also home to some of the world’s most undeveloped mobile markets, and they too are clamoring for a piece of the LTE technology.
One such market is the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma).
On Tuesday the Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) announced that they will install 4G network services in Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyitaw and Ngwe Saung beach ahead of SEA Games 2013.
The service would be available during the SEA Games and within the venues according to Kyaw Soe Win, General Manager of Myanmar Post and Telecommunications.
Japan has donated aid and will provide assistance to Myanmar to make the internet service available after the SEA Games.
Construction of radio stations for 4G network has been started and they will be operational on trial basis soon.
There will be 17 stations in Yangon, one in Ngwe Saung beach, 28 in Naypyitaw and four in Mandalay.