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Myanmar to expand GSM coverage to Southeast Asian countries

06-11-2010 09:00 BJT

YANGON, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar telecommunication authorities will expand GSM phone coverage to Southeast Asian member countries, aimed at providing better GSM phone line services to link the region, the local Myanmar Newsweek reported in this week issue.

The pilot project to link Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore as well as China is underway.

Meanwhile, the authorities has also planned to add 33 more GSM radio stations in the biggest city of Yangon to expand GSM coverage which will be launched by local private companies on competitive tender system, an earlier report said.

At present, GSM mobile phones can be used in 80 towns in the country and the number of them in the whole of Myanmar had reached nearly 500,000 up to May this year.

GSM phones have been extensively used in Myanmar since it was introduced in 2002 after cellular ones in 1993 and the DECT ( Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) and CDMA in 1997.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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