Telecom equipment maker ZTE signed a memorandum of understanding to help develop fifth-generation wireless networks in Myanmar on Wednesday, the same day the U.S. moved to blacklist compatriot Huawei Technologies in an attempt to keep Chinese products out of the field.
ZTE will collaborate with Ooredoo Myanmar, the local unit of a Qatari mobile carrier. This is the first concrete move toward 5G development made public in Myanmar, which like other Southeast Asian nations, aims to launch 5G service as soon as possible.
"We look forward to working with ZTE Corporation on this exciting new initiative," Alok Verma, acting CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, said Wednesday. The duo will consider launching test environments in Myanmar that will be open to the public by the end of the year.
(picture source: Nikkei Asian Review)