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Map of FOC stations
The majority of the bunkers in the files are marked as stations for an FOC, or Fibre Optic Cable. This network cros
ses the entire country and gives the military a nationwide secure communications network.
Most of the bunkers for the FOC project appear to be cut and cover concrete bunkers of limited size. These are built by digging a large trench and then building a solid structure using meal rebars and concrete and then covering the structure with earth.
Although a fibre optic communications system is not unusual for a country, the scale of this project, illustrated by the stations map, does seem extreme for a country of Burma’s means. The map shows hundreds of stations marked on the map and an accumulative length of the cable at 1000s of kilometers. The secretive nature of a project of this scale is also significant. All major military facilities appear to fit nicely to many of the station locations.
Burma also has an “official” fibre optic network connections between Rangoon and Mandalay, as well as links between Thailand and China. However, this network is far more extensive and far less public. It also, undoubtedly costs millions of dollars. The cost of the cable alone could be huge. Indonesia is currently planning to 10,000 of fibre optic cable on the west side of the country which they estimate will cost them about 590 million us dollars.