Myanmar may have joined the 4G revolution late, but it’s certainly made up for lost time. In our first State of Mobile Networks report for Myanmar, we found a country with very fast 4G speeds and a high level of access to LTE services. It’s well beyond the stage of mobile broadband development we would normally expect to see in a country just two years into its 4G rollouts.
We looked at Myanmar’s three established operators in our analysis: MPT, Ooredoo and Telenor. All three operators had commercial LTE services available across large portions of the country during our January-March test period, but even as the blog post goes live 4G competition is expanding. New entrant MyTel took its LTE service live in late March, and Amara Communications is set to become the 5th 4G provider. Our metrics show, however, that MyTel and Amara clearly have a high bar to meet if they plan to match the three established 4G players megabit for megabit and signal for signal.
According to our results, MPT, Ooredoo and Telenor all averaged 4G download speeds greater than 28 Mbps, which is more than 11 Mbps faster than the global average we measured in our latest State of LTE report. All three operators were also able to provide a 4G connection to our users more than 68% of the time — very high scores for 2-year-old LTE networks. For the time being, all three operators seem fairly evenly matched in our 4G metrics, though we did find some standouts in a few categories. Telenor won our 4G latency award, while MPT took the prize for 4G upload speed.
To read our full analysis, visit the Myanmar report page. And if you’re a smartphone user in Myanmar (or anywhere else, for that matter) we encourage you to join our testing community by download OpenSignal’s Android or iOS app.