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Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (AsiaSat) and KBZ Gateway Company (KBZ) have forged a partnership to provide satellite-based networks serving Myanmar with high speed data connectivity services. And the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar is to use services on two Intelsat satellites to advance the deployment of the country's wireless communications infrastructure, and expand broadband access for businesses.

KBZ will use C-band and Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 4 and AsiaSat 7 satellites to establish high speed data networks across Myanmar and, following the launch of AsiaSat 9 in late 2016/early 2017, KBZ will be able to deliver increased power and enhanced coverage. AsiaSat 9 will have a dedicated Ku-band beam for Myanmar that, AsiaSat says, will provide excellent downlink power, allowing for smaller and less costly antennas for VSAT broadband and DTH services across the country.

Also, Hughes Network Systems announced that KBZ had selected its  Jupiter ground control gateways and remote terminals for the new service. KBZ CEO, Stephane Lamoureux, said: 'The Jupiter system gives us a powerful solution today and a seamless growth path to next-generation, high-throughput satellite services as they become available in Myanmar.""

The underlying technology of Jupiter is a system on a chip (SoC), a custom'“designed microprocessor employing a multi-core architecture and enabling 100Mbps of throughput on every terminal in the Jupiter family.

KBZ is a subsidiary of the Kanbawza group, one of the largest privately-owned diversified companies in Myanmar. It is active in mining, banking, aviation, insurance, manufacturing, agriculture, real estate, trading, healthcare, tourism, hospitality and now technology. It was founded by Aung Ko Win in 1994 and has more than 80,000 employees.

KBZ aims to be the 'provider of providers' for Myanmar, becoming an enabler for its partners to help them increase their service quality and options available to the community. Its ecosystem of partners provides an end to end service ranging from international and national connectivity, supported by next generation VSAT capability, mobile rooftop antennas, carrier neutral PoPs and data centers and a full range of professional services as an Oracle Gold partner.

MOTC will use C-band satellite services on Intelsat 902 located at 62° East, and Ku-band services on Intelsat 906 located at 64° East for VSAT network and cellular backhaul services. By 2018 it will move to the high power services on the recently announced Intelsat 39 satellite, the replacement spacecraft at the 62E orbital location.

Intelsat says that, by integrating satellite solutions into its own mobile networks, MOTC will be able to dramatically increase overall network bandwidth and reliability as it expands 2G and 3G services into the more remote areas of Myanmar.

'¢ Com & Com selects Newtec for enterprise satellite services
Satellite equipment maker Newtec says its Dialog platform has been selected to facilitate the launch of C-band enterprise services for Com & Com, a joint venture between the service provider Terabit and Newtec's certified business partner OSB to provides satellite services to enterprises in Myanmar.

'With network congestion in the Burmese cities and optical fiber backbones mostly restricted to the center of the country, satellite gives Com & Com a fast way to provide high-quality service connectivity in both cities and hard-to-reach areas in Myanmar,' Newtec says.

The C-band service will initially serve corporates, SMEs and banks. Com & Com will later expand the service to Ku-band and consumer broadband. Newtec will supply Com & Com with a 4IF Newtec Dialog Hub, supporting MF-TDMA as well as Mx-DMA return link technology, and hundreds of Newtec MDM2200 and MDM3100 satellite modems. Within two years, the parties expect to provide several hundred more VSAT terminals.

The platform will provide fast and cost-effective connectivity to the country. The C-band service will initially serve corporates, SMEs and banks. Com & Com will later expand the service to Ku-band and consumer broadband.

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