About the company
Sumitomo Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate operating in a wide range of business areas, including telecommunications. In 2014 it formed a joint venture with KDDI Corporation to set up KDDI Summit Global Myanmar Co., Ltd, which entered into a joint venture with Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT). Since the attempted military coup in February 2021, the state-owned part of the joint venture is now under the control of the Burmese military, meaning KDDI and Sumitomo are in a joint venture with the military. Following the military coup, MPT has installed surveillance technology on the orders of the Burmese military.
Sumitomo is also joint owner, along with four other companies, of the TMIT port in Thilawa. TMIT has allowed vessels from the military-owned Five Star shipping line to use its port.
Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
1-8-11, Harumi, Chuo-ku
Sumitomo website accessed January 2022
KDDI website accessed January 2022
Junta steps up phone, internet surveillance – with help from MPT and Mytel, Frontier Myanmar 5th July 2021
Myanmar Port Authority berthing list 14th March 2022
TMIT website accessed April 2022
Notified 20th January 2022
Added to the Dirty List 1 March 2022