12 Dec Myanmar plans to launch satellite within five year

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Myanmar is hoping to put a satellite into orbit within the next five years. Keynote address by U Thaung Tin, deputy minister of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology at the Myanmar Satellite Forum alongside CommuniCast Myanmar 2014 at the Myanmar Event Park in Yangon. Photo: CommuniCast Myanmar Myanmar is hoping to put a satellite into orbit within the next five years. Keynote address by U Thaung Tin, deputy minister of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology at the Myanmar Satellite Forum alongside CommuniCast Myanmar 2014 at the Myanmar Event Park in Yangon. Photo: CommuniCast Myanmar

Myanmar aims to launch and orbit its first satellite within the next five years, according to a report in Satellite Today on December 11.

The government is looking to private industry to help develop the spacecraft.

“While the national priority is for Myanmar to have its own satellite, it is also important that, by opening the market, the ministry enhances the development of the broader [Information and Communication Technology] ICT industry,” Satellite Today reported the Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technology, U Thaung Tin as saying.

Myanmar recently held the Myanmar CommiCast 2014 exhibition last month and the 2014 Myanmar Satellite Forum, both geared to the expansion of the country’s telecommunications.

Deputy Minister U Thaung Tin said that although there is no timeline for the launch of a satellite, the selection process will follow that of the international mobile licenses, with an open, fair and transparent tendering process, followed by public consultation.

Myanmar aims to increase the country’s telecommunications density from about 20 percent in 2014 to 75 percent in financial year 2015-2016, according to the report.

If the plan gets off the ground, Myanmar will join the many other countries around the world that have sent satellites into space. Neighbouring India recently increased its standing in the space race by putting a spacecraft into orbit around Mars.

Last modified on Friday, 12 December 2014 13:46