Nationwide Backbone Network Service
Providing customers extensive coverage and a path for the long-haul exchange of data with our nationwide backbone networks of scale in Myanmar & Cambodia.
Backbone Fiber Network provides an “information highway” for exchange of data mainly between city-to-city telecommunications. It also serves the purpose as the convergence exit of relevant voice and data transmission among others. Backbone Fiber Network is best known for its high capacity, once-and-for-all infrastructure, and high initial investment cost. Through its nationwide optic fiber backbone network, we are able to accommodate clients’ cost saving initiative and quick national network coverage expansion.
Our nationwide backbone networks constitute the foundation of our national fiber network infrastructure in Myanmar and Cambodia by connecting rural areas to urban cities, interconnecting metro duct networks, and connecting urban centers to submarine cable networks. Substantially all of the fiber optic cables within these networks are located underground; Of these underground cables, a significant majority are buried under public land, primarily alongside national and provincial roads. By burying our fiber optic cables throughout Myanmar and Cambodia, we have created nationwide backbone networks of scale in these countries and are able to provide our customers with substantial coverage in the primary areas in these countries.
We constructed our nationwide backbone network in three stages. First, we constructed a top-level national network connecting the core urban nodes of Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Mawlamyine. Thereafter, we interconnected the capitals of the seven states and seven regions of the country. Finally, we constructed a network layer to connect the central economic zones, state and regional capitals, and all small cities within each state and region to the nationwide backbone.
Our nationwide backbone network also extends to each of Myanmar’s borders, in some cases at multiple points, with each of its five neighboring countries—India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. This enhances our ability to provide our customers access to international connectivity, as midstream, downstream, or other communications service providers in each of these countries have the capacity to directly connect their networks to ours, should they desire to do so. Furthermore, the AAE-1 submarine cable network became operational in 2017, and we are equipped to directly connect our nationwide backbone network to the AAE-1 landing station in Myanmar, on which we have sufficient bandwidth allocated and ready for sale or lease to customers. This ability to connect directly to the AAE-1 network further supports our ability to provide our customers with access to intra-regional and international connectivity from Myanmar and facilitate Myanmar’s connection to the digital economy particularly in Emerging Asia.
Our national backbone network was constructed in three stages. First, we connected the most densely populated and developed cities in Cambodia, such as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Sihanoukville and established our cross-border connections with each of Cambodia’s three neighboring countries—Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam—in some cases at multiple points. Over time, and in response to the needs of our customers, we extended our connections to the south-west, north-east and north-west provinces in Cambodia. Our nationwide backbone network reaches all 24 provinces in, and capital of, Cambodia. We have initiated, and expect to complete, the third stage of our national backbone network construction, which extends our existing nationwide backbone network to Cambodia’s more rural regions.
Our cross-border connections with each of Cambodia’s neighboring countries enhances our ability to provide access to international connectivity, as midstream, downstream, or other communications service providers in each of these countries have the capacity to directly connect their networks to ours, should they desire to do so. Additionally, as the sole owner and operator of the AAE-1 landing station in Cambodia, which became operational in 2017, we have already connected our nationwide backbone network to the landing station in Sihanoukville, further supporting our ability to provide access to intraregional and international connectivity from Cambodia and facilitate Cambodia’s connection to the global digital economy.