Myanmar Upgrades It Communication Satellite System
Aug 08, 2019

A new batch of communication satellites used by Myanmar were successfully launched into orbit on August 6 after two years of planning by French satellite launch company Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.

The two satellites –Myanmar Sat 2 (Intelsat 39) and EDRS-C – will improve and accelerate communication in the country, primarily in remote areas.

The Myanmar Sat-2 will provide faster connectivity and high-speed rates for mobile Internet and other communication networks such as 3G and 4G across the country and is aimed at reaching 95 per cent of the population, said U Win Aung, chief engineer of information technology and cyber security department at the country’s transports and communications ministry.

The system will also cover healthcare services and education under the country’s e-government programme, according to officials.

The EDRS-C satellite is providing high-speed laser communications links between low-orbiting satellites and ground stations for high bandwidth and is part of the SpaceDataHighway developed by the European Space Agency and Airbus. EDRS enables people to observe the Earth almost live, accelerating responses to emergency situations and spurring the development of new services and products, which in turn is helpful to create jobs and increase prosperity within rural communities.

Myanmar signed an agreement with Intelsat Corporation in 2018 for building Myanmar Sat-2 and is paying $155.7 million for the satellite. From the EDRS-C system, the country will lease bandwidth.