Written by Tha Lun Zaung Htet, BruDirect.com

Rangoon — Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication and China Unicom have signed an agreement to build a new optical fiber cable that would connect Burma with China and international submarine communications networks, a senior official said on Thursday. The project would improve Internet connectivity in Burma.

The news comes amid an ongoing disruption that has severely slowed Internet connections in Burma in recent days.

On July 4, Burmese state-owned firm Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) signed an agreement with Chinese government company China Unicom to develop the optical fiber cable, said Soe Thane, deputy general manager of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s work and inspection department.

“It is a cooperation agreement between Myanmar and China for Internet and mobile phone communication. MPT would be able to use of half of the cable’s [communication] capacity,” he told The Irrawaddy.

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