Telenor surveys Chin State for cell towers
18 March 2014: Telenor, Norway’s telecommunications company, is conducting a survey for mobile phone tower sites in Chin State.
A member of the survey team said in the Hakha Post that they had carried out a feasibility study on locations in the southern parts of Burma’s least developed region.
The team member also said that the company planned to plant a number of cell towers across the country’s mountainous western state.
“There will be six towers in the whole of Hakha Township. We have managed to identify one out of three locations planned in Hakha town alone, and still need to find another three sites in Hakha Township,” added the member.
In its presentation last month, Telenor said that it intends to provide coverage to 90 percent of the population of Burma within five years.
However, the challenges it highlighted include the need for infrastructure development across the country, saying that 75 percent of population has no electricity and that there is poor connectivity outside the major 20 cities.
It also announced its signing of an agreement with Burma’s government for a 15-year telecommunications licence.
In June last year, Burma announced that Qatar’s Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor had won licences to develop networks in Burma, a country isolated from the outside world before the installation of the new quasi-civilian government in March 2011.#