Myanmar strives for satellite
|Myanmar has made a
step forward in the development of satellite communication by
setting up a central committee and a working committee for
The five-member central committee is headed by the union
minister of communications, posts and telegraphs, while the
seven- member working committee is led by the director of
communications of the defense ministry.
The central committee for launching satellite is to lay down
policies for the launch of state-operated satellites, approve
satellite-launching memorandums of understanding and carry out
tasks aimed at obtaining space-related technology.
As part of a move to seek cooperation with foreign counterparts
on the aspects, Myanmar and Thailand signed a memorandum of
understanding in Nay Pyi Taw early this week. A joint technical
committee also met and touched on promotion of cooperation in
the telecommunication sector through the use of satellite.
In fact, the Thaicom Public Company has made discussions with
the Myanmar telecommunication authorities on the satellite
services and technological cooperation over the last three days.
Myanmar is another country to receive Thaicom services after
On March 31, 2010, Myanmar International TV (MITV), which is
MRTV-3 channel, began airing documentaries and current affairs
on Myanmar in English language round the clock through some
satellites -- Thaicom-5 (Asia), Hot Bird-8 (Europe) , Galaxy-19
( North America), Apstar-V (Asia Beam)), and Optus D2 (NANAZ
MITV beams reach North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand,
China, India and Indochina regions and arrangements have been
made for its round-the-clock programs to cover the whole world.
The parent MRTV also airs the channel for domestic audience for
two hours every morning.
Meanwhile, the MRTV is making preparation to launch a new
channel, Channel 9, which comprise programs dealing with
knowledge and entertainment sectors.
To enable its airing reach far-flung areas in the country, the
MRTV is also making efforts to add more relay stations
regionwise, projecting to build 10 such stations annually.
Since 2001, digital technology has been introduced for the
airing to enable receiving of the TV program from any region in
According to statistics, a total of 217 MRTV relay stations have
been launched countrywide.
MRTV was first launched in June 1980 with four channels
including Myanmar and English languages telecasting news,
education and entertainment programs and for many years, its
main broadcast centered in Yangon.
In late 2007, the main broadcasting station moved to Naypyidaw
and the Yangon Station now mostly relays Nay Pyi Taw Station's
Meanwhile, the military-run Myawaddy TV, which is next to MRTV,
started telecasting in March 1995 and has morning and evening
services at present.
In cooperation with China Central Television (CCTV), Cable
Networks News (CNN) and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation
(NHK), there are also satellite news available with the MRTV.