The government will be launching its own satellite, Myanmar Sat 2/Intelsat 39, next Wednesday at 2am, which will provide improved and faster communications across the country including remote areas.
In an interview with state media, U Win Aung, chief engineer of the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ Information Technology and Cyber Security Department, said that Myanmar’s very own satellite will be launched from French service provider Arianespace’s spaceport in French Guiana, a French territory in South America, on August 7.
As a result, Myanmar’s telecommunication operators will be able to offer high-speed rates while videos across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Indian Ocean region can be downloaded quickly.
The satellite was manufactured by Maxar Technologies, which sent it to the launch site last month.
Myanmar Sat 2 was orginally scheduled to be sent to orbit on July 24, but was delayed due to a failure of a Vega rocket which was to launch a United Arab Emirates’ military satellite on July 10.
“[After the Myanmar Sat 2 is launched], communications can be established quickly in case of a natural disaster where photos, videos, and information can be shared significantly contributing to the success of rescue works,” U Win Aung said in the interview.
As the satellite will be utilising the latest technology, connectivity will be 8 to 10 times faster than Myanmar Sat 1, he added.
The new satellite uses a C-band and Kuband of the satellite spectrum and can provide a total of 864 MHz of frequency.
Governmental ministries and private companies will be able to utilise the newly launched satellite in October.
“As we are able to manage and operate our own satellite frequency, it would increase the nation’s GDP from 3 percent to 5pc,” he said.
A 13-member committee led by Vice President U Myint Swe on establishing the satellite system has been discussing since 2017 the implementation of the satellite system. The country will pay a total sum of US$155.7 million for Myanmar Sat 2.
Myanmar is currently leasing satellite channels from the US, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesi for more than US$10 million annually.
Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, the state-owned postal system, has already pledged to lease capacity on the new satellite.
According to U Myint Swe, Myanmar Sat 2 will be jointly owned by the government and an undisclosed partner.
The launch can be watched live at arianespace.com or at youtube.com Arianespace on the launch date.