Frontiir Marks a Milestone in Wireless Connectivity for Universities in Myanmar
Celebrating University Digital Network at YTU, along with initiating relationship with MIT
YANGON, Myanmar, March 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Frontiir bridges campuses across Yangon to mark the beginning of University Digital Network (UniNet).
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Yangon Technological University today to celebrate the inauguration of University Digital Network (UniNet), which relies on high-performing yet affordable WiFi-based access and backhaul networking technologies to provide connectivity within a university, interconnect several local universities and connect them to global education communities. The celebration was led by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, Deputy Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Zaw Min Aung, and Deputy Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology U Thaung Tin. Massachusetts Institute of Technology was represented at YTU likely the first visit since 1950s when the famed institution sent faculty to help improve engineering education. Professor Carl V. Thompson of MIT spoke about potential collaboration between MIT and YTU to further YTU’s academic programs, and subsequently held a seminar attended by teachers and students from computer and technological universities.
UniNet leverages leapfrogging technology to address key challenges in education sector. Frontiir funded and implemented as the first phase of UniNet 1) a campus-wide WiFi network covering indoor classrooms and labs, and outdoor locations over 10 acres at the UCSY (Bahan), 2) necessary core IT infrastructure on campus, and 3) high-speed inter-campus wireless network between UCSY (Bahan), ICTTI (Hlaing) and YTU.
This robust and affordable infrastructure will help: 1) realize knowledge sharing, online education and collaboration capabilities across the aforementioned universities and 2) connect them to the world’s top institutions and utilize those elite institutions’ existing online education programs (e.g., edX, Coursera) to help advance engineering education in Myanmar in a relatively short time. Similarly, teachers in top cities can deliver online lessons via UniNet to a wide audience of students at rural universities with insufficient teachers.
Frontiir is a US based technology company with primary local operations in Myanmar. Frontiir’s leadership team mostly comprises of expatriates of Myanmar who hold degrees from MIT, UC Berkeley and UIUC and decided to return to Myanmar. Frontiir’s mission is to provide affordable digital access & useful information services to people and help bridge the global digital divide.