THOUGH only 20 per cent of Myanmar’s population have access to 4G services, the nation would be ready to embrace the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) with the support of Chinese giant Huawei Technologies Co in two or three years, said Zhu Bo, deputy managing director of Huawei Myanmar.
“It depends on the requirements of the telecom operators but we will be ready to bring 5G to Myanmar over the next few years,” he said yesterday at a media workshop entitled “Future direction of ICT in Myanmar”.
Zhu said the consumer business would continue to drive Huawei Myanmar’s growth this year, as Huawei smartphones “are the most loved” by local people.
“Devices are the key driver of our growth in Myanmar because half the population love to use Huawei smartphones, while another brand of ours [Honor], is also doing well here,” he said.
“Our smartphones are doubtlessly the most popular in Myanmar. Everybody knows Huawei, and Myanmar is the first overseas market where Honor smartphones have arrived. It is clear evidence of our popularity here.”
In addition to surging demand for Huawei devices, the company’s enterprise business and cloud business are set to accelerate the firm’s growth in Myanmar, provided that more and more companies are willing to invest in digital transformation.
“We also foresee a promising future for carrier business, as Huawei plays a key role in ensuring stabilised 4G services for Myanmar people in cooperation with all the four telecom operators here,” he said.
At the workshop, Zhu reiterated the firm’s commitment to improve digital literacy in Myanmar. As part of Huawei’s efforts to educate the people, media workshops will be held quarterly, with different ICT topics to be presented at each. Zhu encouraged participants to share their opinions and pose questions to the trainers.
The first workshop started yesterday and ends today.
“As the world continues to digitise, changing the way people work, learn, live and experience everyday services, it is important that the public is informed about the latest ICT developments that are impacting them,” he said.
As a resource for current affairs, the media plays a crucial role in raising the awareness on the developments and technology-related issues, through informed and in-depth coverage, Zhu said.
“To address the knowledge gap in ICT, we are conducting media workshops, encompassing technology topics such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things, while providing a constructive platform for journalists to voice their views on the state of ICT growth in Myanmar,” he said.