FPT Myanmar, owned by Vietnam tech major FPT Corporation, is progressing on implementing the first phase of fibre infrastructure development which will require an investment of $50 million by the firm up to 2018.
FPT Myanmar is also initiating talks to sign on a potential local partner, who will hold some stake and also handle civil works for the project.
The company bagged the Network Facilities Service (NFS) licence in 2015 and secured permit from the Myanmar Investment Commission,
FPT Myanmar has so far completed the survey and built a 30-rack data center in Yangon. “For sure, in 2017, we will start implementing the fiber infrastructure,” said Dao Quy Phi, business development director of FPT Myanmar.
The firm is expected to start building the fiber backbone phase II around 2018. The infrastructure will cover services such as content and infotainment, payment gateway or providing TV OnDemand.
Among FPT’s other activities in Myanmar include the development of National Web Portal as part of the ‘Telecommunications Sector Reform Project’ supported by the World Bank.
FPT won the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology tender by beating other foreign players. It will be responsible for building the software and hardware of the national web portal.
“We hope to start work next month after Thingyan (water festival),” said Phi.
The phase one of project implementation will take about 10 months. The portal is envisaged to be a single hub where all the official data can be stored or retrieved.
The $31.5-million credit from the International Development Association will be partly used for the formation of an ‘eGovernment’ by developing the Myanmar National Portal.
In February, FPT also won a $11.3-million World Bank supported project to modernize Myanmar’s public finance system beating 12 competitors across Asia. The project includes supply, installation and commissioning pre-fabricated data center facilities in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon for Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance. FPT is expecting to complete the project in eight months.
FPT Myanmar, which is under FPT Singapore, also handles some critical projects in the country including the national financial switching system for Myanmar Payment Union and ERP system for United Paints Group.
With 200 employees, FPT Myanmar has four offices in Yangon. It also has a distribution partnership with MobiTel.
Myanmar has taken several steps in opening up its telecom sector by granting a nationwide license to Telenor and Ooredoo back in 2014. Again in January 2017, Myanmar National Tele & Communications Co Ltd backed by Vietnam’s Viettel bagged the license. To date, there are 41 companies that have got a Network Facilities Service (Individual) license.
The major providers of fiber optic network in Myanmar include Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Yatanarpon Teleport, Telenor. KBZ Gateway, in 2016, teamed up with U.S. based satellite service provider, Hughs network Systems and Asia Satellite Telecommunications to offer fibre optics.