Myanmar Connect 2017, which dubs itself “the only executive summit to unite Myanmar with the international telecoms market”, will be held from 19-20 September this year at the country’s capital city Nay Pyi Taw.
This will be the sixth year of the annual summit. Speakers will include Terry Bleakley, Regional VP Asia Pacific of Intelsat, Erwan Luherne, CEO Canal+ Myanmar, David L. Goldstein, Head of Asia Iflix, Passakorn Hongsyok, General Manager of Myanmar Information Highway, and representatives from the UN and the World Bank.
The event will consist of an exhibition and several panel discussions; although including a few technical topics, the agenda focuses more on strategy issues such as the role of satellites in the Myanmar market, demonopolization, industry collaboration, investment opportunities and government policy.
Seen as a country with enormous economic potential, Myanmar has only recently begun liberalization and democratization, after 49 years of military rule. To facilitate development efforts, the Myanmar government has embarked on a plan to improve the country’s infrastructure. What this means for the telecommunications sector is the abundance of opportunities for the private sector to provide connectivity, which the government is actively encouraging.
Myanmar is in the process of owning its own satellite, and has, in the recent past, engaged the services of operators such as Intelsat and AsiaSat to provide coverage throughout the country.
Later this year, from 28-30 November 2017, Myanmar will be hosting a satellite forum at CommuniCast 2017, an annual ICT show held in Yangon.