Myanmar’s international connectivity has been choked due to her exclusive reliance on nearly dysfunctional SEA-ME-WE3 cable. Link with a decent submarine cable became imperative when this South East Asia’s last greenfield telecom market allured foreign telecom starlets. Finally, Myanmar has joined the SEA-ME-WE5 consortium in March.
Interestingly, Myanmar was also named as one of the partners in Asia Africa Europe 1 (AAE1) submarine cable systems long before it formally joined the SEA-ME-WE5 consortium. Now the Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) is contemplating to join the AAE1 consortium.
Some published maps for AAE-1 show Myanmar as a landing spot for the cable, while others omit the country altogether. When asked if they had joined the consortium, MPT said simply, “We are still deciding.”
Myanmar Times reports.