FTTH or Fiber to the Home is THE technology of choice for fixed broadband. Two years ago, it was a luxury reserved to business and a few wealthy home users but nowadays, the price of such technology has literally melt down.
Competition is the main reason why FTTH prices have dropped so heavily over the past two years. In this article, we will list down the main fiber service providers and show you that Myanmar consumers are spoilt with choice.
5BB broadband was born in 2017 and since then has grown at an impressive pace. As of today, it is basically the FTTH leader in Myanmar. The company is not new to the service provider business as it is own by Globalnet. Globalnet is one of the leading B2B service providers in Myanmar. Globalnet operates a large fiber network in Yangon deployed on the electric poles. Leveraging on this backbone, 5BB is able to connect anyone in Yangon within a few days which is its biggest strength. 5BB Broadband is also reputed for his customer service and service reliability.
The public operator has been offering fiber broadband for years. But the rates were totally prohibitive. In August 2017, MPT launched a pilot in Pabedan township revamping its FTTH network with very aggressive prices. Coverage was limited to a few streets and as such was not very popular. Myanmar consumers had to wait eight more months to see the service expanded to 10 townships in Yangon.
MPT declared in a first statement that it will extend the service to the rest of the townships in Yangon and also to Mandalay by early 2018. A promise that it was not able to keep at this stage which clearly demonstrate the challenge that fiber to the home could be.
Myanmar Speednet was one of the new comers in the market. The ISP launched in the first quarter of 2018, a very slow start due to pricing and brand positioning issue. But the ISP rapidly reacted to the price meltdown and got more and more aligned with competition. It is now one of the cheapest option in the market. Speednet covers only a few townships in Yangon: Latha, Lanmadaw, Botahtaung, Pabedan, Kyauktada and Pazundaung.
Myanmarnet has one the largest broadband customer base in Myanmar. The service provider is well known for his large WiFi hotspot network which faced some heavy critics over the past few months. But Myanmanet is also providing fiber when possible and especially in condos in Yangon.
The 4th mobile operator did not wait much to launch its fiber broadband offer for home and corporate users. Beside being very agressive on price, the mobile operator promises to deploy within a few days which is impressive.
Ooredoo Supernet Fiber
Ooredoo jumped into broadband in October 2018. It all started in Mandalay with its partnership with Yatanarpon Teleport. Building on this commercial success, Ooredoo launched Supernet in Yangon and currently offer 6 months unlimited access to iflix for anyone who subscribe to plans above 8 mbps.
Telenor was the first mobile operator to get into fixed broadband in Myanmar. Prices at that time looked really aggressive and scared most of the ISPs in the market which were practicing much higher rates at that time. Since then, Telenor has been struggling with deployment and is very shy in advertising and acquisition as well.
Telenor offers free and unlimited subscription to iflix with every plan.
Truenet started as a wireless ISP and since then jumped into FTTH. True Net is not a very well known ISP but still is quite actively selling in the market. Truenet is mostly available in downtown Yangon but also in Mandalay.
Lets put it this way: Yatanarpon shall be listed to the pantheon of ISPs in Myanmar. The oldest ISP around is still there and in capacity of an impressive network along with a significant customer base. YTP refreshed its prices last year and is definitely a solid choice for FTTH in Myanmar.
The Myanmar-Chinese ISP has been deploying FTTH for some time now and is definitely standing among the top choices in the market. Marketing-wise, Unilink is probably one of the most active players as well with some curious ads some time.
Like Unilink, Welink has been around for some time. Welink aka Myanmar GT Broadband deployed fiber all over Yangon, Mawlamyine, Taunggyi and Lashio. Welink recently announced that it has teamed up with Myanmar mobile streaming service Byscote to enrich its broadband offer.
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Herbert is a nom de plume.
I am an experienced telecom professional blogging about the fastest growing Internet market in the world: Myanmar.