Rail shows way for high-tech cable system

Burma’s 6,000-km railway system is to be used as a framework for an underground fibre-optic cable network to improve the country’s telecoms. The scheme will allow for easier connection to cities and towns, as well as facilities in rural areas, with construction of the project expected to begin in 2016. Some construction tenders will be awarded to local firms, though foreign firms are more “desirable” because of their technical expertise, rail chief Ba Myint is quoted as saying in Myanmar Business Today.