A useful reminder that fibre is still a strong player – even in mobile-dominated markets – comes from Oman and Myanmar, where expansion of fibre-to-the-home services is under way.
Omani operator Ooredoo has added nine new areas to its expanding Fibre Home Internet service. People living in Al Awabi, Salalah Al Gharibiyah, Nakhal, Sohar Al Hujrah, Nizwa Farq, Wadi Al Maawil, Al Musannah City Centre and Nizwa Hay Al Turath can now connect with speeds of up to 1Gbps, and get unlimited data, a 10 per cent discount on international calling, unlimited national minutes, and free modem and installation.
The company has also revamped its Fibre Home Internet plans, which now start from $91 per month (at present exchange rates) for 100 Mbps, and go up to about $260 for 1 Gbps.
Ooredoo’s Fibre Home Internet is already available in much of the Sultanate, with many other areas to be connected soon.
Meanwhile in Myanmar, full-service provider Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) has extended its fibre-to-the-home network to 24 new cities and townships. Its fibre footprint now includes 51 townships. In addition to the Yangon and Mandalay regions, MPT’s fibre services are now available in towns and cities across Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Shan, Tanitharyi and Rakhine.
To encourage take-up of the service (although many customers are likely to have been using it during the recent lockdown), MPT has launched a promotion offering new users free installation and one month’s free access.