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Empowering the youth of Myanmar

Technology has the power to change the future of a country and I have been a personal witness to how Myanmar, a relative new comer on the adoption curve of new technologies has rapidly transformed thanks to the Internet revolution. Post liberalization of the telecom policy, mobile penetration jumped from less than 5% just four years ago to close to 95% today and has played catalyst to the country’s GDP growth rate. 

Nokia has had the pleasure to partner with one of the country’s leading telecom companies, Ooredoo, playing a key part in the country’s progress. We saw early on how we could be in the driver’s seat - changing lives of communities and connecting Myanmar’s youth to the rest of the world. It was keeping this thought at the forefront that we decided to not just stop at connecting the youth of Myanmar but indeed groom the potential taskforce of the country for a future that will be limited only by their imaginations.  

Together with Ooredoo we identified the premier Science & Technology institute in the country – Yangon Technology University (YTU) and over the course of this year undertook several initiatives focused at broadening the horizons of the students who study there. 

One of the most defining contributions we made this year was setting up Myanmar’s first 5G Technology Center in YTU to be utilized by the students of the country’s first post-graduate diploma program in telecommunications. Together with the faculty of YTU and the University of Oulu in Finland, we helped develop an appropriate curriculum and then quickly followed this up with setting up a Nokia Technology Center in conjunction with Ooredoo at the university. The center that is equipped with end-to-end 5G technology including radio, anyhaul transport and a cloud-native core network solution to support the latest 5G technology in addition to 4G/3G/2G is an important cog in the post-graduate diploma program, providing the students a robust lab to test the theoretical knowledge they gain.

Additionally, Nokia and Ooredoo devised an intensive internship program for students to work as technology developers and service providers, providing them with a 360-degree exposure to the industry. We are very excited with this initiative since it allows us to play a key role in the talent development of the country and will also set the pace and standards for the industry at large. 

Empowering the youth of Myanmar

Apart from this, we have made some cutting-edge demos including IoT Sensing as Service, 5G Robot, Public safety solution with LTE, Remote Education and Health at various events organized at the university. Our aim is give the youth of Myanmar the opportunity to experience the newest technologies as soon as their global counterparts do, allowing them to touch and feel what the future holds for them. These events have proven to be very popular since the demos make the technologies come alive for the students and they are able to explore innovative ways to leverage the potential of 5G for their country.  

It is thanks to the unique relationship Nokia shares with Ooredoo where we are not merely partners but more like family that together we have been able to accomplish so much in a limited time frame. We are looking forward to continue to work closely with Ooredoo so that we can help Myanmar accelerate on its path to a digital future, offering life enhancing benefits for its people through technology.

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Danabalan Amirthalingam

About Danabalan Amirthalingam

Danabalan, commonly known as Dana, is Head of Nokia Myanmar. He is the market development expert who understands the need of new-market entry and continues relentlessly to bring innovation that serves both customers and local community. Based in Yangon, he enjoys discussing about technology and how it empowers individual holistically, travelling and music.


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