Internet Available in Mindat, Chin State
12 June 2011: Local people in Mindat can now get access to the Internet for the first time after a new Internet Cafe was opened late last month in the southern town of Chin State, Burma.
The cybercafe, owned and run for the public by the Roman Catholic Church based in Mindat Town, is said to have about eight computers, charging 1,000 Kyats per hour of use.
One of the locals was quoted as saying that it was a new dawn to have internet communication in town and that the connection was quite fast.
Shwekey Hoipang, from southern parts of Chin State, said: “It is a step forward development for Mindat Town and its people. There should be more Internet Cafes and other modern facilities that will benefit the local people.”
It is estimated that there are more than 44,000 people in Mindat Township, with about 6,633 houses, according to the 2008 statistics by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
As of last month, there are about five Internet Cafes open for public use in Matupi Town, Chin State.
However, there is no public internet access available yet in Kanpetlet and Paletwa towns in southern parts of Chin State.
In Chin State, public access to Internet was first made possible in the mid 2000s.
Van Biak Thang