NEC Corp. has establishment a branch office in Yangon, Myanmar that aims to develop the country's information and communications technology (ICT) and social infrastructure. The branch begins operation in January 2013. Going forward, NEC also plans to open a branch office in the city of Naypyidaw.
Recently, Myanmar's unique geography, abundance of natural resources and movement towards democracy are attracting the attention of businesses throughout the world. In order to support the rapid economic growth that is expected in the future, the country is deeply in need of infrastructure improvement, where reports indicate that just 3 percent of the nation's roughly 62 million people subscribe to fixed or mobile telephone lines. By 2015, the government aims to increase this figure to as high as 50 percent.
"NEC has been contributing to Myanmar's communications infrastructure for 35 years through the provision of telephone switchboards, wireless equipment, satellite ground stations and broadcasting systems," said Shin Sakamoto, general manager, Greater China and Asia Pacific Sales Division, NEC Corporation. "In the future, NEC aims to continue responding to local needs and strengthening regional business through the provision of international communication networks such as submarine cable systems, ICT infrastructure for industrial parks, disaster prevention systems, security systems, e-government systems and mass-market products such as servers."