HyalRoute Fiber Optic Cable Network Project (MIGA-HYALROUTEFIBEROPTI)

  • Myanmar
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Financial Institutions
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jan 10, 2017
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International Lender to be Determined
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  • Communications
  • Construction
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 105.74 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 105.74 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ MIGA website

Updated in EWS Mar 27, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 26, 2016

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Project Description
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According to the bank document, the Project consists of the installation and maintenance of 4,500 km of underground fiber optic cable (FOC) backbone network (hereafter referred to as 'the Project') by Myanmar Fiber Optic Communication Network Co., Ltd. (MFOCN). MFOCN, the project company, is a subsidiary of HyalRoute Communication Group Ltd. (HyalRoute).

The Project is stage 1 of Phase II of a program to install underground FOC backbone network across Myanmar. Stage 1 is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd. (BOC (HK)) has requested that MIGA provide a guarantee for its non-shareholder loan (including interest) to MFOCN to finance stage 1 of Phase II.

Installation of FOC involves digging a trench approximately 50 cm wide and 1.2 - 1.5 m deep, laying the FOC and then backfilling the trench. In urban areas, FOC is duct buried, and in urban outskirts and rural areas, the FOC is directly buried.

The FOC network includes the construction of 'core facilities', where FOC connects to communications equipment. Two types of core facilities will be built: Type A (200 m2) and Type B (60 m2). Both facilities will include a base transceiver station (BTS), electricity transformer, backup generator and an area reserved for telecommunication towers (if required).

Type A core facilities will also have an equipment laydown area and accommodation for the maintenance teams. Core facilities have a dual purpose: i) to provide greater capacity for the operators in the telecommunication sector and ii) to improve both outdoor and indoor coverage for service providers.


Investment Description
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Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Hyalroute Communication Group Ltd. Parent Company -
- - - - Myanmar Fiber Optic Communication Network Co., Ltd Client -

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Project Contact

Contact: Mr. Lin Chao Hsiang (Roye)

Position: PR Department  

Email: lin.chaohsiang@mfocn.com.mm

Contact: Mr. Stanley Jiang

Position: Project Coordinator

Email: stanley.jiang@hyalroute.com

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