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Jun. 19, 2017
KDDI Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation

Rollout of LTE Communications Service in Myanmar

First Use of 4x4 MIMO Technology in Myanmar to Provide Fastest Speed

KDDI Corporation (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President & Representative Director: Takashi Tanaka; hereinafter, “KDDI”) and Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Kuniharu Nakamura) are currently engaged in the telecommunications business in Myanmar in partnership with Myanma Posts & Telecommunications (hereinafter, “MPT”).
 
LTE+, a service offering high-speed data transmission in the newly acquired 1.8 GHz band, has been available in Yangon, Mandalay, and Naypyidaw since the end of May, and this service will be expanded to about 30 cities nationwide by the end of September 2017. Customers will thereby enjoy high-speed data transmission via LTE in addition to their existing access to a high-quality 3G wireless network covering most of Myanmar.
 
With its high-speed data transmission service LTE+, MPT will become the first telecommunications company in Myanmar to introduce 4x4 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, enabling high-speed downstream data transmission of up to 150 Mbps (Note 1). Customers with LTE-capable devices will be able with LTE+ to make use of high-speed data transmission under their current service plans.

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                                                                 <LTE+ logo>

In view of the growing demand for SNS (Social Networking Service) and video distribution services in Myanmar, MPT will begin offering “Happy Data Combo,” a data package plan that provides exclusive SNS/video data capacity (Note 2) alongside normal data capacity as a set.
 
KDDI, Sumitomo Corporation, and MPT have worked to improve network quality and have established an environment that allows their many customers to comfortably utilize voice communciation and data services. These companies remain committed to increasing customer satisfaction in Myanmar, advancing the country’s economic and industrial development, and improving people’s lives.
 
(Note 1) This is a best-effort service. The speed noted is the maximum value in terms of technical standards, and does not indicate the actual speed in use. Even within service areas, the customer’s usage environment, traffic volume and other factors might substantially reduce speed.
 
(Note 2) Eligible services: Facebook, Viber, YouTube™, Pyone Play




■ Reference
<”Happy Data Combo”>
This data package plan offers normal data capacity and exclusive SNS/video data capacity (Note) as a set.
 
Valid period Data capacity SNS/video data capacity Rate (Myanmar kyat)
1 day 150 MB + 200 MB 399 MMK
1 week 300 MB + 600 MB 999 MMK
1 month 1 GB + 1,000 MB 2,999 MMK
2 GB + 1,200 MB 4,999 MMK
4 GB + 2,500 MB 9,999 MMK
10 GB + 5,500 MB 19,999 MMK
20 GB + 6,000 MB 29,999 MMK
 
(Note) Eligible services: Facebook, Viber, YouTube™, Pyone Play
*Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
*YouTube is a registered trademark/brand of Google Inc.
*Other company and product names are generally the brands or registered trademarks of those companies.
 


<MPT>
Jul 2014 KDDI and Sumitomo Corporation entered Myanmar’s telecommunications business via a joint project with MPT
Sep 2014 MPT brand/logo revamped
Nov 2014 First MPT wholly-owned outlet opened
Jan 2015 New “Swe Thahar” price plan launched
Mar 2016 “Lo Ta Ya” portal site for smartphones launched
May 2016 Number of subscribers topped 20 million
Oct 2016 LTE high-speed data transmission service in the 2.1 GHz band begun for some indoor areas
Mar 2017 New “Shal Pyaw” price plan launched

 

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Corporate Communications Department,
Sumitomo Corporation

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