Airtel has announced its global optical fiber link between India and Myanmar has started and this is the first native link between the two nations and also provides an additional gateway for Myanmar to India and the rest of the world.
Myanmar has a population of 53 million, and it is one of the fastest growing countries in Asia and also improved in telecom Circles and internet. The country which had a telecom dispersion of about 5% in 2012, and now it has over 30 Million mobile customers and about 60% population is online.
The latest economic reforms in India have driven foreign investments across sectors and are increasing demand for the ICT services. The country which was being served by a submarine cable will now have an additional gateway through India.
Moreover, it will encourage connectivity between Myanmar and other SAARC nations like Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal where Airtel has arranged global links. This launch also forms on Airtel’s efforts to create India as regional IP hub on account of a large number of subscribers through a network of its partnering carriers.
The primary objective is to enable global, cost-effective and accessible internet which would further provide net connectivity via mobile and broadband users in Myanmar. It also offers global connectivity solutions to business and end to end connectivity to new and existing Airtel enterprise customers looking to set up businesses in Myanmar.
“Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO Global Voice and Data Business Airtel said, “The activation of this fibre link will not only increase the connectivity and push the growth of digital services in Myanmar, but also a big advantage to the local IT infrastructure for the market. This will also enable us to offer secure and vigorous connectivity solutions to enterprise locally.
With Airtel’s latest global submarine cable system crossing 550,000 kms and five regions, the company sees growth opportunities in the county.